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Hermon Mehari

In the attempt to pioneer a new sound while exploring his Eritrean origins, trumpeter Hermon Mehari composed an album entirely influenced by the harmonies, rhythms, and melodies of Eritrean music. However this work, "Asmara" (Komos), doesn't only come from his musical side-- the songs have an emotional bent and express the different aspects of his perspectives towards his relationship with family and the culture. The compositions are interpreted with personality and fervor by pianist/vibraphonist Peter Schlamb, bassist Luca Fattorini, and drummer Gautier Garrigue. Mehari brings on legendary Eritrean vocalist Faytinga as a guest on two numbers.

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Article: Catching Up With

Hermon Mehari: American Jazz, Eritrean Echoes

Read "Hermon Mehari: American Jazz, Eritrean Echoes" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Award-winning trumpeter, composer and educator Hermon Mehari is a modern day Renaissance Master. Born in the United States of Eritrean parents who were refugees, Mehari has brilliantly crafted a musical presence and branding that melds American jazz and its deep traditions with Eritrean overtones. A true visionary, Mehari has recorded a handful of highly-acclaimed albums, including ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Matt Otto: Umbra

Read "Matt Otto: Umbra" reviewed by Gary Fukushima


In his 30-plus years in music, Matt Otto has, in addition to mastering improvising and training his ear to near perfection, learned to write incredibly complex compositions, challenging in every musical aspect: melodic, harmonic, rhythmic. Yet even now, his composing continues to evolve. “I feel like it's maybe less evolution than like going back ...

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (so far) - Part 3

Read "A Few of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (so far) - Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Last week we focused our playlist on some of our favorite tracks from the first six months of 2023. Evidently two hours were not enough and we could not play them all... so here we are going through the rest of the best.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tineke Postma, Ella Zirina, Mario Costa, Rachel Therrien & Other New Releases

Read "Tineke Postma, Ella Zirina, Mario Costa, Rachel Therrien & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Six decades separate Latvian guitarist Ella Zirina, who's 25, from Charles Lloyd who just turned 85. But the beauty of music is that obliterates any conventional notion of time and space, so here's a playlist that hops from country to country and from generation to generation in search of a beauty continuum.Happy listening!

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Asmara

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Who Dared It; Call Me Habesha; Tanafaqit; I Remember Eritrea; Soul Chant; Anthem For Independence; Melsi; Milobe - Lawa Furda.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cheick Tidiane Seck, Patricia Brennan, Eric Vloeimans, Will Holshouser and More

Read "Cheick Tidiane Seck, Patricia Brennan, Eric Vloeimans, Will Holshouser and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A playlist that focuses on fascinating new releases and a preview of noteworthy concerts coming to New York.Happy listening.Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Jeff Denson, Brian Blade, Romain Pilon “Daily Jubilee of Dancing Herbie D." Finding Light (Ridgeway) 0:16 Host talks 5:48 Patricia Brennan ...

Article: Album Review

Hermon Mehari, Alessandro Lanzoni: Arc Fiction

Read "Arc Fiction" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Dopo aver lavorato assieme in altri contesti--per esempio nel progetto di Michelangelo Scandroglio In the Eyes of Whales--Alessandro Lanzoni e Hermon Mehari registrano un lavoro in duo, undici brani originali (solo “Donna Lee" di Charlie Parker è un omaggio alla tradizione) e in larga misura improvvisati. Il disco ha inevitabilmente un'andamento cameristico, ma la varietà stilistica, ...

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Article: Album Review

Arbenz X Vistel / Moutin: Conversation #4 (Vulcanized)

Read "Conversation #4 (Vulcanized)" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Prompted by the pandemic, drummer and percussionist Florian Arbenz has set out to document 12 Conversations with musicians invited into his Basel, Switzerland recording studio. Conversation #1: Condensed was a trio with Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras and American trumpeter Hermon Mehari. Conversation #2 & #3 found Arbenz with British vibraphonist Jim Hart and Swiss bassist Jim ...


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