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Adrián Moncada: Inhabitable Imagination

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Madrid-born, Amsterdam-based pianist Adrián Moncada's thrilling Inhabitable Imagination is a tour-de-force of a debut. The music consists of seven Moncada originals which draw inspiration from architecture. Thus it is taut, angular and has a creative momentum which does not slack. Moncada leads a sextet of other expat musicians all of whom share his creative vision, making ...

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Alex Heffron: Looking Out

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Based in Denver, Colorado, Alex Heffron is an imaginative guitarist and intelligent composer. His debut, the engaging Looking Out, demonstrates these talents amply. On it, Heffron leads a sextet consisting of like-minded musicians through an intriguing set of eight of his originals with elegant confidence and simmering passion. The title track opens the album ...

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Space Whale Orchestra: Born into Beauty

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The Philadelphia based Space Whale Orchestra is a collaborative improvisational quartet that has been successfully forging a singular style. Led by keyboardist Erica Corbo, the group's Born Into Beauty goes beyond conceptual cohesiveness—it is, in fact, a single, spontaneously created, 17-part suite. The band members perform this stimulating, genre defying work with sensitivity and ...

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Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisation Series

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Keyboardist and composer Michael Robinson is well known for performing his genre-defying electronic works on his invention, the Meruvina. He is also an accomplished pianist who has released several solo improvisations, including three in 2021. A mix of originals and radically reimagined standards, each consists of three or four long tracks that fully reflect Robinson's individuality ...

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Ramiro Pinheiro: Sentido

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On his charming debut, Sentido, accomplished guitarist Ramiro Pinheiro demonstrates that he is also an exciting composer and songwriter. The Sāo Paulo native, now based in Barcelona, has crafted an effervescent batch of originals for this enchanting album which he interprets with his quartet and several guest musicians. The release is traditional Brazilian jazz delivered with ...

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Jon Raskin: Book 'P' of Practitioners

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Saxophonist Steve Lacy was famous for writing music dedicated to artists who inspired him. Some of his rarely heard etudes for solo saxophone are divided equally into three books, each named by a letter. Of these, he only recorded one set in his lifetime, Hocus Pocus—Book 'H' of “Practitioners" (Crépuscule, 1986). Equally idiosyncratic saxophonist Jon Raskin, ...

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Hafez Modirzadeh: Facets

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Innovative composer and saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has always pushed the idiomatic envelope in his work. His eighth release as a leader, the stimulating Facets is, as hinted on the cover art, a musical kaleidoscope. Consisting of 18 short tracks the album explores various time signatures, modes and tonal colors that fuse many musical traditions.

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Charlie Porter: Hindsight

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Trumpeter Charlie Porter has proved himself to be an inventive composer whose works are simultaneously thought-provoking and mellifluous. His third and perhaps most immediately relevant release, Hindsight, draws inspiration from the events that came to public attention in 2020. Musically, the nine originals are fluid yet complex and are peppered with sounds from other genres such ...

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Georg Graewe, Kjell Nordeson, Jon Raskin Trio: Live at NIR Studios

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In 2009 the innovative saxophonist Jon Raskin teamed up with like-minded pianist Georg Graewe and drummer Kjell Nordeson for an electrifying concert which, in a curious foreshadowing of 2020, was live-streamed online. This was Raskin's third performance on internet radio, and he released the resulting recording, the provocative Live at NIR Studios, as a digital download ...

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Maria Grand: Reciprocity

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In a mere decade composer and saxophonist Maria Grand established herself as a refreshingly singular voice on the creative music scene. Both as a side-woman and a leader, Grand has matured into an expressive artist with a fluid style and a warm tone. Her second full-length release, the enchanting Reciprocity, well demonstrates Grand's talents in a ...


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