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Onramp Of Heaven Dreams

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Realize; Light Size Dreams; Early In The Morning; Highway Dreams; A Day With You; Oblique Song; Resurrection Now; A Place Inside; Break Light; So Long Frank Lloyd Wright.

Bluebeard

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bluebeard Maze; A Room With A View; Narcissus; The Art Of Losing Isn't Hard To Master; She Walked In Beauty Like The Night; Bits Of Paradise; Sonnet No.6 Bluebeard; Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.

Free

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Strangers From The Sky; Velocity; Corona Spiritual; Half Moon; Twinkling Night; Dreamtime; Manhood; Talking Trees; Niaga; Saman; Interstellar; Solitude; Free.

Afterglow

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Siren’s Lounge; Afterglow; Millie; Cradle Song For Mattia; Five Plus Five; Anne April Sang; Freelude; What’s What; How Could We Forget; Not Found; The Real You.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Enrico Pieranunzi & Bert Joris: Afterglow

Read "Afterglow" reviewed by Chris May

Enrico Pieranunzi is a multidimensional pianist and composer, but when he is in mellow mood he can remind one of the late, great Henry Mancini—and it is not just his Italian heritage. Pieranunzi is a classically trained jazz musician, whereas Mancini was a jazz trained soundtrack composer with a heaven-sent gift for writing great tunes, “Moon ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carla Marciano: Psychosis - Homage to Bernard Herrmann

Read "Psychosis - Homage to Bernard Herrmann" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Of all the music that might enchant the ears of a child, the dark and often foreboding themes designed by film composer Bernard Herrmann would seem to be at the far end of the line. Nevertheless, as a young girl in Salerno, Italy, that is the music which saxophonist Carla Marciano says “dazzled" her senses, as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joost Lijbaart: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by Ian Patterson

As a student in the 1980s, Dutch drummer-percussionist Joost Lijbaart first dreamt of making a solo album, inspired by the examples of Tony Oxley, Pierre Favre, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Jack DeJohnette. A successful recording and touring career with Yuri Honing—and with his own groups—left little time for such a focused project. In 2014, Lijbaart ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Yuri Honing: Sounds And Vision

Read "Yuri Honing: Sounds And Vision" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Strange that such a gruesome tale, drowning in blood, could have inspired so much great art. So it goes with Bluebeard, the seventeenth century French folktale, which continues to inspire artists to this day. Dutch saxophonist/composer Yuri Honing's Bluebeard (2020)-- his fourth album on Challenge Records with his acoustic quartet--is not just a highly personal take ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet: Bluebeard

Read "Bluebeard" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Since the late 1980s, Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing has steered a singularly eclectic course, bouncing between straight-ahead jazz, the two-guitar Wired Paradise, rock-cum-electronica, and Franz Schubert. This questing musician has never sat still for long. The mesmeric True (Challenge Records, 2012), however, marked the beginning of a more stripped down, meditative acoustic jazz, an aesthetic further ...


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