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Baiju Bhatt: Eastern Sonata

Read "Eastern Sonata" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Is there a term for the opposite of culture shock? Whatever it is, it's also the guiding theme behind Baiju Bhatt and his Red Sun ensemble. Their studio debut, Eastern Sonata, is a figurative travelogue from start to finish, but there's nothing jarring or shocking about it. A conventional Western lineup (piano, bass/drums, saxophone) is led ...

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Baiju Bhatt: Eastern Sonata

Read "Eastern Sonata" reviewed by James Fleming

Every day more emigrants leave their homelands. And as they travel their musics shadow them. The songs follow the singers into their new homes and, just as the people learn the language, the tunes adopt the new country's phrases. Adding its musics to the sonic lexicons of their native countries. So that new songs will be ...

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Reto Anneler

After some years of work as a sideman, Swiss alto player Reto Anneler now releases his first album with his very own music. The compositions are marked by 20th century classical music as well as current pop: conscious serendipity, twelve tone rows, odd meters and quarter notes blend with powerful melodies and grooves. The rhythm section featuring Stefan Rusconi, Christian Weber and Claudio Strüby master interactions and intensity at the highest level possible. That’s how the alto notes carry as sound as a bell.

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Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There are a lot of very fine composers working with large jazz ensembles today, but what Claudia Doffinger does is in a class by itself. A native of Germany, here she leads the Austrian Graz Composers Orchestra in a program that mixes the colors and gestures of big band jazz with the language and rhythms of ...

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Graz Composers Orchestra meets Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The title of composer and pianist Claudia Döffinger's collaboration with Graz Composers Orchestra, Monochrome, is a bit of a misnomer. The seven pieces, five by Döffinger, are definitely not in shades of a single color. They are multitextured, vibrantly-hued and captivating, and often coalesce around one or two instruments like Kaleidoscopic patterns around light beams.

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Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The turkey trot and tango became so popular by 1914 that the Vatican saw fit to denounce them. American ballrooms, once invaded by European dance steps, were now throbbing to these sexier moves. In his eminent book, The History Of Jazz, author Ted Gioia argues that such new currents in social dancing also forced a change ...