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Raphaël Pannier Quartet: Faune

Read "Faune" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


On his first recording as a leader, drummer Raphaël Pannier shows himself to be a musician who has one foot in the classical world and one foot in jazz. He leads his group in a set of original and classic compositions from both genres, maintaining a sense of formal grace and improvisational energy throughout.

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Faune

Label: French Paradox
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lonely Woman; Midtown Blues; Lullaby; Messiaen: Le Baiser de L'enfant Jesus; Intro to ESP; ESP; Outro to ESP; Ravel "Forlane"; Fauna; Capricho de Raphael; Monkey Puzzle Tree; Final: Drum Soli

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Dreamworld

Label: Alisio Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Soir Bon - Parisian Blue - Dreamworld - Maaneklar - Behind the Backdoor - Central Earth - La La La - Derriere la Montagne

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Hero Trio

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Red Cross; Overjoyed; Barabados/26-2; I Can't Get Started; The Windup; Ring Of Fire; I'll Remember April; Sadness; Dewey Square.

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Taeko: Contemplation

Read "Contemplation" reviewed by Edward Blanco


It is well known that American jazz is very popular in Japan, which explains why so many Japanese musicians move to the United States to develop their jazz pedigree further. New York is a favorite place to chase one's passion for jazz as singer Taeko Fukao did, moving over in the early 90's. She now presents ...

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Raphaël Pannier Quartet: Faune

Read "Faune" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The debut from drummer Raphaël Pannier has no difficulty laying out references to modern modes of impressionism and the nature of wildlife implied in its title. Its opener --a ten-minute take on Ornette Coleman's “Lonely Woman" that offers slinky melody, sophisticated coloring, intense upheaval, a bass soliloquy and a return to the shadowy theme--is but the ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio

Read "Hero Trio" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa previously espoused his love of Charlie Parker on his album Bird Calls (ACT, 2015). Here he expands on that to pay tribute to, not only Parker, but other influences such as Ornette Coleman, Johnny Cash, and Keith Jarrett. Mahanthappa leads a freewheeling trio, with Francois Moutin on bass and Rudy ...

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Article: Jazz Journal

Summer 2020

Read "Summer 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. Claus Waidtløw The Game Self Produced 2020 A saxophonist who, over the last 3 decades, has recorded and toured with a ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio

Read "Hero Trio" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


La sedicesima produzione discografica del sassofonista statunitense di origini indiane Rudresh Mahanthappa rappresenta un nuovo capitolo del progetto di fusione fra la musica carnatica dell'India meridionale e la musica occidentale contemporanea che ne ha caratterizzato l'intera carriera artistica fin dagli inizi negli anni Novanta, anticipando un percorso di sperimentazioni e commistioni intrapreso in anni recenti, tra ...


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