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Myriam Alter: Crossways

Read "Crossways" reviewed by John Ephland

There's a soulful melancholy to much of this music. Composer/pianist Myriam Alter has created yet another collection of her songs that have the potential to evoke feelings of yearning, sadness and perhaps a deep buried joy with Crossways. Akin to a previous outing on enja, the elegiac Where Is There, Crossways can be heard as a ...


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Matt Darriau Paradox Trio: Gambit: Brooklyn to Bulgaria

Read "Gambit: Brooklyn to Bulgaria" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Among multi-reedist Matt Darriau's many projects and collaborations his Paradox Trio stands out as a forum for his own creativity. Darriau is an alto man and clarinetist who has also mastered several Eastern European instruments such as the gaida (bagpipe) and Bulgarian wood flute or kaval. On this offering, he and his band are joined by ...


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Renaud Garcia-Fons Trio: Arcoluz

Read "Arcoluz" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Renaud Garcia-Fons brings a rare passion and understanding to the bass. His approach is pure genius, seen in the way he styles his pizzicato and in the manner he opens the arco to encompass melodic and improvisatory richness. Garcia-Fons began playing the bass when he was 16, gravitating to the instrument from ...


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Read "Arcoluz" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

> Renaud Garcia-Fons Trio ArcoluzEnja/Justin Time2005 Bassist Renaud Garcia Fons hears music polyphonically--in using this term, it is hoped that you will “read" it as the Greeks had intended it to be understood: as music “having many sounds or voices." Listening to almost any of the music ...


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Alvin Queen: I Ain´t Looking at You

Read "I Ain´t Looking at You" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Per gli appassionati di vecchie registrazioni di (o con) Jimmy Smith ecco un'incisione del batterista veterano Alvin Queen, insieme ad alcuni “giovani (ma neanche troppo) leoni" del genere bop. Negli anni scorsi abbiamo ascoltato spesso in festival in Europa, in contesti più moderni - la collaborazione con il trombettista Charles Tolliver, ad esempio - cosi' come ...


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Alvin Queen: I Ain't Looking at You

Read "I Ain't Looking at You" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Drummer Alvin Queen is a virtual dynamo. On I Ain't Looking At You, he generates an explosive fusion of down-home blues and dynamic straight-ahead arrangements from his ensemble of young jazz stars. Joining him are stratospheric trumpeter Terrell Stafford and creative Bird-influenced alto player Jesse Davis. Making sure the soulful quotient is ...


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Florian Weber / Jeff Denson / Ziv Ravitz: Minsarah

Read "Minsarah" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The members of this young and well-schooled, multi-national piano trio convened at Boston's Berklee College of Music--and the rest is history, so to speak. They recorded Minsarah in Germany, on which youth, vigor and invention come to fruition. The title of this release refers to a prism, where translucent glass is used to separate ...


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Michy Mano: The Cool Side of the Pillow

Read "The Cool Side of the Pillow" reviewed by Jim Santella

World music reminds us that every corner of the globe has its own particular sound. Instruments differ, languages differ, elements such as harmony and rhythm differ, but it's all music. The power of our universal language cannot be understated. Michy Mano sings about sociology and politics, personality and emotion, good fortune and bad. He ...


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Michy Mano: The Cool Side of the Pillow

Read "The Cool Side of the Pillow" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

The Cool Side of the Pillow brings together singer and sentir player Michy Mano and Oslo DJ Bugge Wesseltoft to create a work of musical fusion that is accomplished, hip, witty, but ultimately less than the sum of its parts. Those parts--Moroccan popular styles and Norwegian electronica--do not mix as readily as you might suppose. Start ...


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Rabih Abou-Khalil / Joachim K: Journey to the Centre of an Egg

Read "Journey to the Centre of an Egg" reviewed by Jim Santella

With a program of compositions by Rabih Abou-Khalil and Joachim Kühn, Journey to the Centre of an Egg shifts to various parts of the globe, combining mainstream jazz with world music. Most of the flavor in their creations centers on the Middle Eastern tradition. This comes as no surprise, since Abou-Khalil was born in Lebanon and ...


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