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Andy Sheppard Quartet: Romaria

Read "Romaria" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Where so much music treats silence as an exception, Andy Sheppard's recordings find it serving more as the rule. He's never been one for weaving flashy speed runs or feeling pressure to fill space. Even when his sax lines speed up from time to time through Romaria, they serve the mood with tasteful restraint, smoothly evoking ...

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Andy Sheppard Quartet: Surrounded By Sea

Read "Surrounded By Sea" reviewed by Luigi Sforza


Si immaginino una pulsazione ritmica regolare, brani chiusi e strutturati in sezioni, armonie tensive e distensive che si alternano in base alle articolazioni delle frasi melodiche, improvvisazioni che seguono patterns e cliché consolidati del linguaggio e si avrebbe un format per certi versi omologante, avulso da ogni tentativo di ricerca creativa di uno stile originale.

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Andy Sheppard Quartet: Surrounded By Sea

Read "Surrounded By Sea" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Saxophonist/composer Andy Sheppard has found a home in ECM. It's maybe not the perfect home for an artist as eclectic as Sheppard, for it's hard to see some of his other projects--notably the Scofield/Lovanoesque quartet Hotel Bristol--fitting in with the ECM aesthetic. Still, Sheppard's melodic improvisational approach and the airy lyricism on Movements in Color (ECM, ...


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