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Hailed by Jazz Times magazine for his “great dexterity,” and cited by critic Thomas Conrad for his musicality, New York bassist and composer Edward Perez is sought by fellow musicians for his creativity and experience in a great diversity of musical styles. In addition to his work with his own jazz quintet and his role as musical director of the afro-Peruvian band, Alcatraz, Perez’s bass lines have been the choice of a stunning array of bandleaders including jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy, latin-jazz Grammy nominees Hector Martignon and Jane Bunnett, Colombian singer Lucia Pulido, trumpet virtuoso Joe Burgstaller of the Canadian Brass, and a host of modern jazz musicians including Martin Bejerano, Anat Cohen, Javier Vercher, Misha Piatigorsky, and Gilad Hekselman. Perez’s unique sound as a composer traces back to the combination of his grounding in modern jazz and straight ahead combined with insight on percussion and traditional afro-latin music gleaned from his two years in Lima as well as his experience with latin jazz heavyweights of New York City

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Ontology

Label: Sony Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tumbleweed; Chacarera para la mano izquerda; Peaceful; Virgo; Blue In Green; Last Happy Hour; Milonga Por La Ausencia; Ontology; El Regreso; Danza de la moza donosa; Danza del viejo boyero; Goodbye, Rose St.; Amor.

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Michael Thomas: due quartetti in primo piano

Read "Michael Thomas: due quartetti in primo piano" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Michael Thomas (da non confondere con Michael J. Thomas, sassofonista d'impronta smooth jazz) è tra i sassofonisti, compositori e leader più inventivi dell'ultima generazione. Residente a New York dal 2011 ha acquisito notorietà tra il pubblico più attento della metropoli per la direzione della Terraza Big Band (condivisa con Edward Perez) con cui ha inciso il ...

Article: Album Review

Jason Palmer: The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella

Read "The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Formatosi sui modelli dell'hard bop e di grandi trombettisti come Clifford Brown e Booker Little, il quarantenne Jason Palmer pubblica un secondo disco per la Giant Step Arts, dopo Rhyme and Reason del 2018. Quella di Jimmy e Dena Katz è molto più di un'etichetta ma una coraggiosa organizzazione no-profit che sostiene i musicisti lasciando loro ...

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella

Label: Giant Steps Art
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: A Lady and Gentleman in Black (Rembrandt); Cortege and Environs do Florence (Degas); La Sortie de Pesage (Degas); Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee (Rembrandt); A French Imperial Eagle Finial; Chez Tortoni (Manet). CD 2: Program for an Artistic Soiree (Degas); An Ancient Chinese Gu; The Concert (Vermeer); Landscape with an Obelisk (Flinck); Self Portrait (Rembrandt); Three Mounted Jockeys (Degas).

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Where We Started

Label: Tone Rogue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I: Preludio; II: Winds, Currents; III: Tunnels, Speed; O Vos Omnes; Nemesis; IV: Marshes, Amphibians; Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess; Where We Started.

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Article: Album Review

Julian Shore: Where We Started

Read "Where We Started" reviewed by Troy Dostert


A pianist of uncommon sensitivity and graceful temperament, Julian Shore crafts music with atmosphere and feeling, aiming for emotional depth rather than settling for typical jazz devices. On Where We Started, his third release, he offers eight well-honed tracks which are both evocative and nuanced; while they might not win over the uninitiated in a crowded ...

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Article: Album Review

Jason Palmer: The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella

Read "The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


On March 18, 1990, two thieves went into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and made off with thirteen works of art, paintings and drawings by masters such as Rembrandt, Degas and Vermeer plus a couple of antique artifacts. To this day, the works have never been recovered and the museum still keeps the empty ...

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Article: Album Review

Jason Palmer: The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella

Read "The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella" reviewed by Doug Hall


As infamous as the 1990 heist of thirteen works of art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was, an approach to address the void has not been pursued artistically. Trumpeter Jason Palmer's release “The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella" has taken on the challenge of composing original interpretations of these paintings and several other fine art ...


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