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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 ...

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Event Horizon

Label: Giant Step Arts
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc One: Distance; Drift; Bass Intro; Dr. Teeth; Framework. Disc Two: Sax Intro; Chant; Underground; Drum Intro; Event Horizon; Fox and Cat.

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Michael Thomas: Event Horizon

Read "Event Horizon" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Jimmy Katz seems to really be onto something with his Giant Step Arts label. Begun in 2018, the label has established a tradition of recording live performances by modern jazz musicians given complete freedom of repertoire and personnel. That approach has produced several outstanding releases including, earlier this year, The Concert: 12 Musings For Isabella, (Giant ...

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Eric Alexander: Leap of Faith

Read "Leap of Faith" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Eric Alexander è uno dei massimi tenoristi della sua generazione. In oltre quaranta dischi da leader e un centinaio di collaborazioni, ha evidenziato piena adesione al modern mainstream, privilegiando l'esibizione in quartetti o quintetti con la tipica sezione ritmica comprendente un pianista (spesso il suo mentore Harold Mabern) o talvolta un chitarrista (Pat Martino o Peter ...

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Rhyme And Reason

Label: Giant Step Arts
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD 1: Herbs In A Glass; Rhyme And Reason; Blue Grotto; Sadhana; CD 2: The Hampton Inn (For Alan); Mark’s Place; Waltz For Diana; Kalispel Bay.

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Trion

Label: Giant Step Arts
Released: 2019
Track listing:
CD 1:
Calodendrum; Synchronicity 1; Trope (Linda Intro); Trope; One for Honor; High School Daze; No Bebop Daddy.
CD 2:
Bedrum; Good Hope; Eagle; Relaxing at the Camarillo; Blue Heart; West Berkley St.

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Leap of Faith

Label: Giant Step Arts
Released: 2019
Track listing: Luquitas; Mars; Corazon Perdido; Hard Blues; Frenzy; Big Richard; Magyar; Second Impression.

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Johnathan Blake: Trion

Read "Trion" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'edizione di questo splendido saxophone trio con Chris Potter, Linda May Han Oh e Johnathan Blake (due ore di musica riprese il 21 e 22 gennaio 2018 alla Jazz Gallery di New York) la dobbiamo al fotografo Jimmy Katz, fondatore con la moglie Dena dell'etichetta discografica no-profit Giant Step Arts. L'organico nasce dall'esperienza ...

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Eric Alexander: Leap of Faith

Read "Leap of Faith" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Acclaimed saxophonist Eric Alexander needs no special introduction. His pioneering work in the jazz world has been an inspiration to many of his peers since the early 90s. On this special chordless endeavour—featuring the chops of Doug Weiss on bass and drummer Jonathan Blake whose own recording in a very similar chordless constellation was likewise recently ...

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Jason Palmer: Rhyme And Reason

Read "Rhyme And Reason" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Trombettista rigoroso e dalla tecnica scintillante, tra i migliori della sua generazione, Jason Palmer non gode della popolarità che merita. Una causa può essere la collocazione appartata di insegnante al Berklee College of Music e al New England Conservatory. Nello stile ricorda Clifford Brown, che ha rappresentato la sua massima influenza formativa, e ...


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