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"Somebody once asked me to find two words that describe the music I make, and the words I picked were ‘spontaneous’ and ‘cinematic,’” says Aaron Parks. Having clarified the essence of his art, the pianist kept those two words closely in mind while conceiving and recording Invisible Cinema, his extraordinary debut for the Blue Note label. In its virtuosity and harmonic complexity, Invisible Cinema speaks to Parks’s immersion in jazz on the highest level, even as it references a wider world of contemporary music-making. “The title has a lot of different meanings,” notes the 24- year-old Seattle native, who is currently based in Brooklyn. “For one thing, Invisible Cinema is what music is, in a sense

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Article: Interview

Julia Perminova: The Way to Her Star

Read "Julia Perminova: The Way to Her Star" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Originally born in the United States, jazz has become a language that people speak all over the world. For Julia Perminova, a pianist and composer from the Siberian city of Tyumen, now living in Basel, Switzerland, jazz is a native language. Although her music talent was natural, her hard work and true passion have made her ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Ariel Bart

Read "Take Five with Ariel Bart" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Ariel Bart Ariel Bart is a harmonica player and composer born in Israel in 1998 and currently based in jny: Berlin. Her debut album, In Between, was released in May 2021 on Ropeadope. In the album, Ariel presents a unique approach to the harmonica and her composed melodies, which are inspired by the European jazz ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz Gallery All-Stars at Tri-C

Read "Jazz Gallery All-Stars at Tri-C" reviewed by John Chacona


Jazz Gallery All-Stars Tri-C Auditorium Cleveland, OHMarch 6, 2022 What a difference a month makes. The Jazz Gallery All-Stars concert scheduled for February 3 at jny: Cleveland's Tri-C Auditorium was swept away when a winter storm driven by howling winds dumped 15 inches of snow on the city. A ...

Article: Book Review

Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century

Read "Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ugly Beauty Phil Freeman 250 pagine ISBN: #978-1-78904-632-8 Zer0 Books 2021 Critico musicale da tempo presente nelle riviste musicali e nei blog statunitensi e inglesi (The Wire, Down Beat, Jazziz, The Village Voice, Stereogum ecc...) Phil Freeman si occupa sia di jazz che di metal (è stato capo ...

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Article: My Playlist

Vanessa Perica: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Vanessa Perica: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Maria Schneider Orchestra, Data Lords (Artist Share, 2020). Scrittura straordinaria associata ad una musicalità impressionante. Data Lords ha definito nuovi orizzonti per i grandi ensemble. 2. Aaron Parks, Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man (Ropeadope, 2020). Sono una estimatrice delle composizioni di Aaron. Mi colpiscono sia dal ...

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Light as a Word

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Bloom; Full Circle; The Melancholy Architecture of Storms; Imperfect Paradise; Union Intro; Union; Mirrors In Your Eyes; Vista Hermosa Intro; Vista Hermosa (For Jon and Brian); Qoo; Traptop; Light as Word

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Brass And Ivory Tales

Label: Fundacja Sluchaj
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Tale One with Dave Burrell: Chapter One; Chapter Two; CD2: Tale Two with Marilyn Crispell: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; CD3: Tale Three with Aruán Ortiz: Chapter One; Chapter Two; ; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; CD4: Tale Four – Ivo Perelman with Aaron Parks: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; CD5 Tale Five – Ivo Perelman with Sylvie Courvoisier CD9 Tale Nine – Ivo Perelman with Vijay Iyer; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; Chapter Ten; Chapter Eleven; CD6 Tale Six – Ivo Perelman with Agustí Fernández: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; CD7 Tale Seven – Ivo Perelman with Craig Taborn: Chapter One; Chapter Two; ; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; CD8 Tale Eight – Ivo Perelman with Angelica Sanchez: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; CD9 Tale Nine – Ivo Perelman with Vijay Iyer: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five.

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Article: Year in Review

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2021

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2021" reviewed by Troy Dostert


2021 brought yet another year of outstanding jazz and creative improvisation, offering much-needed fortitude and renewal. It's always hard to winnow a best-of list from such a wealth of great music, but these titles managed to distinguish themselves amidst the crowded field of contenders. Talented saxophonists certainly predominated, as half the list highlights some of today's ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Brass And Ivory Tales

Read "Brass And Ivory Tales" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Innovative saxophonist Ivo Perelman celebrates his 60th birthday with the release of a magnum opus, Brass And Ivory Tales. Recorded over a period of seven years, this nine-volume box set is impressive in both its depth and breath as it matches Perelman with a different piano master per disc. The improvised duets are usually the first ...


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