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Petros Klampanis: Irrationalities

Read "Irrationalities" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You'd expect a strong pulse on Irrationalities by bassist Petros Klampanis. What comes as a beautiful surprise is the diversified approach he utilizes in his compositions and performance. Not that we don't hear a variety of approaches on he previous outings. Both Chroma (Minos-EMI, 2017) and Minor Dispute (Inner Circle Music, 2015) concentrated on a chamber sound ...

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Skyjack: The Hunter

Read "The Hunter" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This second album from South African-Swiss cooperative Skyjack strikes a smart balance between ideation and instinct. Feedback loops fire the imagination of the album's five participants, with input and output acting and reacting to one another in real time. As on the band's eponymous debut, independence and interdependence each play a role in these romping games. ...

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Saxophone Summit: Street Talk

Read "Street Talk" reviewed by Chris May

Since coming together in 1999 to celebrate the late-period work of John Coltrane, the aptly named Saxophone Summit has lost only one original member. Michael Brecker passed in 2007 and was replaced by Ravi Coltrane, who has in turn been replaced by Greg Osby. The other principals, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman, are unchanged, as is ...

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Ark Noir: Tunnel Visions

Read "Tunnel Visions" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The minute-long opening track, “Intro To A Dystopian Society," whilst too brief to make a proper impact, does, nevertheless, clearly signpost the tenor of the ensuing forty four minutes, which might be construed, rather cynically, as a mash-up of Aphex Twin meets Magma. This glib summation is, of course, inaccurate since Ark Noir possesses its own ...

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Or Bareket: 33

Read "33" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Israel-native bassist and composer Or Bareket has made a name for himself in international jazz waters since his move to New York in 2010. By working with the likes of veteran musicians such as Chris Potter, Peter Bernstein and currently Ari Hoenig, as well as the younger generation represented by Camila Meza and Yotam Silberstein, Bareket ...

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Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Si dice un gran bene di questo giovane sassofonista israeliano di stanza a New York, qui giunto al secondo lavoro da leader alla testa di un quartetto che include i connazionali Shai Maestro e Ziv Ravitz e il greco Petros Klampanis. In programma sue musiche originali e il coltraneano «Lonnie's Lament». E in effetti ...

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Paul Brody's Sadawi: Vanishing Night

Read "Vanishing Night" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Cinquantaseienne di Seattle, figlio di padre ucraino e madre ebrea fuggita da Vienna, il compositore e trombettista Paul Brody si muove da anni in molti campi musicali, dal jazz alla musica per il teatro, dalle installazioni al klezmer, lavorando ora negli Stati Uniti, ora in Europa, in particolare in Germania. Questo lavoro -registrato a Berlino -lo ...

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Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Translator's Note is an outstanding release from the Tel Aviv native, now New York-based tenor saxophonist Oded Tzur. As he did on his debut outing Like a Great River (Enja Records, 2016), Tzur merges jazz and elements of Indian music. Rather than playing the two styles off each other, he finds the common ground between the ...

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Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

If music has the potential to tell stories, saxophonist Oded Tzur proves himself one of the jazz world's premier storytellers on Translator's Note. “Single Mother," the tune that opens the set, is a vibrant novelette, haunting and atmospheric, riding on the undertones of Indian classical music--a winding tale that gathers intensity and momentum, a sculpting of ...

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Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture

Read "The Broader Picture" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A dispetto della notorietà e del prestigio ottenuti nell'attività di batterista e insegnante, le doti compositive di Billy Hart sono relativamente poco note. Il trombonista e compositore svizzero Christophe Schweizer, già suo allievo al Mannes College of Music di New York nel 1992, rende omaggio al maestro arrangiando alcuni suoi brani ed eseguendoli con la WDR ...


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