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Gregoire Maret

Before he even hit 30 years of age, Grégoire Maret became the most sought after harmonica player behind legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder. Influenced by both, Maret has managed to find his own voice on the instrument. His capability to play almost anything has created a steady flow of collaboration with musicians from the jazz, pop, rock, funk & R&B worlds, who call upon Maret's mastery to add his unique sound. Born May 13, 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland to a Swiss father and American mother, Maret began his musical career as a harmonica player at age 17. He attended Geneva's prestigious Collège de Saussure and the Superior Conservatory of Music

Variations Of Relevance

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Between The Clouds; Blue Roses; Ligeti; Night Of The 7 Moons; Rimembranze; Scarlet Letters; Sonnet Melancholia; Thruthful Intentions; Three Views Of A Secret

Americana

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Brothers in Arms; Small Town; Rain, Rain; San Luis Obispo; Back Home; Wichita Lineman; The Sail; Re: Stacks; Still.

Musical Travelogues: May 2020

Read "Musical Travelogues: May 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Gregoire Maret and Romain Collin w. Bill Frisell Americana ACT Music 2020 The sound lives up to the title; a thoughtful, airy yet soulful outing that sounds just the way a wide-open prairie landscape looks. If it seems a bit odd that Americana comes from a European duo, wonder not--Romain Collin's ...

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Pat Metheny: From This Place

Read "From This Place" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

When a musician of Pat Metheny's pedigree writes, “From This Place is one of the records I have been waiting to make my whole life," it seems prudent to listen. Each of these ten new compositions seems to reflect a different aspect of Metheny as composer and guitarist, casting his bright and articulate voice ...

Innervisions, Improvisations and Other Jazz Fevers

Read "Innervisions, Improvisations and Other Jazz Fevers" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Lili Añel Better Days Winding Way Records 2019 Singer-songwriter Lili Añel and Better Days sound cut straight out of the northeast US. It's more than the geographic location of Añel's birth (Spanish Harlem, “El Barrio," in New York) or raised (South Bronx), and it's more than ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Grégoire Maret / Romain Collin / Bill Frisell: Americana

Read "Americana" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Harmonica player and composer Grégoire Maret is not a familiar name in the U.S. but he should be. The New York-based artist has recorded with Jimmy Scott, Jacky Terrasson, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Charlie Hunter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Pat Metheny and many others. The very bankable musician has appeared on over seventy-five releases as a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Silvio Amato: Variations Of Relevance

Read "Variations Of Relevance" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Silvio Amato has a well-established career as a composer, arranger, and film scorer. Amongst other projects, the Italian-born pianist has written soundtracks for major motion pictures, a multitude of pieces for children's television programming, theme songs for a variety of television shows, and has been highly successful with ice ballets. His compositions for Peter Pan, Snow ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pat Metheny: From This Place

Read "From This Place" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Sono vari i motivi per i quali è difficile trattenere l'entusiasmo di fronte all'uscita di From This Place, ritorno su disco di Pat Metheny. Il piacere dell'attesa, innanzitutto: ben sei anni sono trascorsi dall'uscita del precedente album in studio Kin () (Nonesuch, 2014), un lasso di tempo che ai fans più appassionati sarà sembrato infinito, considerata ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The name Jimmy Haslip needs no introduction. So, he doesn't get one. Seriously, we had a lot of ground to cover and he had so many great stories and interesting asides to share that we are breaking the interview into two parts as it is. So, without further ado... All About Jazz: I ...


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