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Content by tag "Friedrich Kunzmann"

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Tom Guarna: The Wishing Stones

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After having established himself amongst the leading modern Jazz-guitar voices with remarkably ambitious 2014 release Rush , Brooklyn-Born Tom Guarna returns leading an all-star quartet comprised of drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci and pianist John Cowherd on the inspired The Wishing Stones, sonically carrying forth what had defined the last record. While Rush saw Guarna ...

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Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2017: Ethno-Jazz on the rise

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2017 brought us much innovation and accomplishment in jazz. While many releases are certainly noteworthy and deserving of high critical acclaim, for me, only a handful truly stood out and prevailed in last year's maze of sharps, flats, and scales. Considering myself an enthusiast of pretty much all things jazz (no specific sub-genre receiving special treatment), ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trallskogen: Trollskogen

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Think Jazz, Pop, some Fusion, then add a large spoon full of Scandinavian folklore and the result still won't quite amount to the flabbergasting blend that is Trallskogen's debut album Trollkskogen. Initially born out of a project for a performance at the Hochschule für Musik Saar, where singer/composer  Annika Jonsson studied jazz-vocals from 2011 to 2016, ...

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Jeff Dingler: In Transit

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Living and working between the African and North American continent, bassist Jeff Dingler combines the influences of the two essentially different musical cultures on his sophomore effort, appropriately entitled In Transit, creating a most fluent fusion of Ethio-Jazz in a Bebop context. The musicians enhancing and realizing his musical vision are drummer Gusten Rudolph, pianist Lou ...

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Big Bad Wolf: Pond Life

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2017 introduced a fresh and important voice to the Jazz-Guitar World. 23-year-old London-based rising star Rob Luft released his highly acclaimed debut record Riser on Edition Records in July and further embellished that unquestionable success with the publishing of the object of this review the same month. Not only due to much attention concerning the above ...

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Shawn Lovato: Cycles of Animation

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For his debut album, Cycles of Animation, New York bassist Shawn Lovato has gathered an impressive, equally forward-thinking cast of musicians, comprised of guitarist Brad Shepik, saxophone virtuoso Loren Stillman, Argentinian pianist Santiago Leibson and drum stick juggler Chris Carroll. The innovative guitarist Shepik has been going at it in various formations, experimenting with a vast ...

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Eden Ladin: Yequm

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New York based pianist Eden ladin's debut album Yequm is a remarkable demonstration of maturity and restraint in composition as well as execution. In collaboration with fellow New York neighbours and contemporaries, such as guitarist Gilad Hekselman and singer/guitarist Camila Meza, the Israeli-born sound visionary has recorded an enticing collection of songs, putting on display passionate ...

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The Vampires: The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke

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The decade old Australian five piece The Vampires, fronted by dueting brass players Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett, sought out the rising Beninese guitar prodigy Lionel Loueke for their ambitious fifth outing The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke. With the addition of Loueke's virtuoso playing and singular guitar tone to the soothing mix of ethnic-world-influenced music, written ...

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Sean Noonan: Man No Longer Me

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Drummer and self-declared Storyteller Sean Noonan's body of work draws from a variety of different music and poetry of past and present. Having explored various musical cultures in the past, Noonan feels as much as home with cutting edge distorted punk riffs as he does with mellow Jazz Fusion or even chamber music. On his most ...

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Teemu Viinikainen: Return of Robert Dickson

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Finnish guitarist and composer Teemu Viinikainen III has played a part in the jazz world for almost 20 years now, gaining much recognition and popularity in his home country for his achievements with, among others, Blue Note signed U-Street All Stars in the early 2000s. 2017 sees Teemu very active--having greatly contributed his singular guitar sound ...