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Aakash Mittal

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Hailed as a “talented young player” with “the skills to go far” by Westword (Denver) and “A fiery alto saxophonist and prolific composer” by the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Aakash Mittal has been making a name for himself at home and abroad. His debut CD “Possible Beginnings” has been acclaimed as “…simply brilliant.” (Colorado Music Buzz) and “an amazing lineup of all original music.” (Scene Magazine) Mittal has also been praised for having “… the same inventiveness [as author Peter Lavezzoli]…” by Hindustan Times (Kolkata, India). This stems from his approach to composition and improvisation, where Mittal seeks to create music that relates to his diverse background of both American and East Indian heritage, drawing inspiration as much from straight-ahead jazz and the avant-garde as from musical traditions of India and modern grooves. Aakash Mittal’s primary ensemble, “The Aakash Mittal Quartet,” performs all original music at such Colorado venues as Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, Bliss Café, Vita, the Ft

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rachel Eckroth, Melanie Charles, Bruno Angelini, Aakash Mittal & More New Releases

Read "Rachel Eckroth, Melanie Charles, Bruno Angelini, Aakash Mittal & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Impressive new albums by Rachel Eckroth and Melanie Charles, the cross-cultural experiments of Aakash Mittal and Ches Smith, groovy soulful releases and re-releases by Leon Spencer, David Axelrod and Will Bernard and much more in this week's playlist.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 David Axelrod ...

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Article: On and Off the Grid

Practice, Do You? Part 2-3

Read "Practice, Do You? Part 2-3" reviewed by Dom Minasi


Continued from Part 1 I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I ...

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Article: Album Review

Nistha Raj: Exit 1

Read "Exit 1" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Composer and violin player Nistha Raj has studied Hindustani (North Indian) and Western classical music for most of her life. She was raised in Texas and graduated with honors from music studies at the University of Houston, and then studied music for three years in India through a scholarship with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Worlds Apart, Whirled Together

Read "Worlds Apart, Whirled Together" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


BossaCucaNova Our Kind of Bossa Six Degrees 2014 Our Kind of Bossa celebrates fifteen fun years of BossaCucaNova, one of Brazil's most adventurous contemporary ensembles (and was also timed to coincide with Brazil hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup). These eleven tracks fuse the electro-bossa nova for which the group ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Stories of Friendship and Family Ties: The Gonzalez Clan Rides Out

Read "Stories of Friendship and Family Ties: The Gonzalez Clan Rides Out" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


The family unit of trumpeter Dennis González and his sons bassist Aaron González and drummer Stefan González, known as Yells At Eels, has been operating since 2000. Dennis González played and recorded with countless innovative musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, and in recent years solidified his musical bonds with Polish and Portuguese musicians. His ...

News: Interview

Aakash Mittal: From Denver to Kolkata, Jazz Crosses Continents and a Big "Ocean"

Aakash Mittal: From Denver to Kolkata, Jazz Crosses Continents and a Big "Ocean"

I first encountered Aakash Mittal when he invited me to review his debut recording in 2009. The young saxophonist from Denver gave that disc the rather hesitant title, Possible Beginnings. Such humility is characteristic of Mittal. Now, at the ripe age of 28, he's releasing his third full-length recording, Ocean,as he prepares for a ten-month “sabbatical" ...

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009


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