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Lena Bloch

“In jazz”, muses Lena Bloch, “many things come together that are thought of as opposites: mind and feeling, responsibility and abandonment, looseness and precision, improvisation and composition. I just love that.” Lena’s love for jazz has taken her on a challenging and circuitous voyage. Lena moved from Israel to Europe in 1991, where she became a part of the European jazz scene (Germany and Holland) for 12 years, finally came to the United States, earning Master's Degree in Composition and moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2008, where she quickly became a contributor to one of the most fertile and interesting jazz scenes of recent memory

Lena Bloch Quintet featuring John Marshall

Label: self-released
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Madness, 2. Traumhaus, 3. Perseverance, 4. Inspiration, 5. The Last Hero, 6. Mirror Of The Soul, 7. NRFFM

Lena Bloch Quartet "Pyramid"

Label: Self-released
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Al Amin (L. Bloch), 2. Happiness (C. Lachotta), 3. Maghreb (B. Netsvetaev), 4. Dasha (L. Bloch), 5. Mr. Ben (D. Mason), 6. Bright Romance (C. Lachotta), 7. Purity (C. Lachotta), 8. Bright Romance (C. Lachotta) alternate take

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Previously Unknown Steve Reid's Recording (2000) Is Now On Bandcamp!

Previously Unknown Steve Reid's Recording (2000) Is Now On Bandcamp!

After 20 years, I finally decided to go ahead and release this exciting album on Bandcamp. It demonstrates Steve Reid extraordinary ability to spontaneously orchestrate within a jazz quartet, his inventiveness and wide range of dynamics, whether in a modal tune, a free-jazz composition or a romantic jazz standard. The bassist Chris Lachotta met Steve Reid ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

Read "Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first Week of the annual WFDU.FM February Fund Drive included new releases from pianists Lisa Hilton, Kait Dunton, Ellen Rowe and saxophonist Jordan Pettay with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jeanne Lee, Jutta Hipp, and Melody Gardot, among others. In the second hour, Debra Mann is remembered after news of her passing and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lena Bloch: Heart Knows

Read "Heart Knows" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Tenor saxophonist Lena Bloch has a cool, cerebral style and a definite and captivating lyricism. Her second release Heart Knows demonstrates this quite well. In addition, Bloch showcases her inventive compositional skills as she contributes four intriguing originals to the album. One of Bloch's mentors, multi-reed player Yusef Lateef inspired the poetic and multilayered ...

Heart Knows

Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
Released: 2017
Track listing: Lateef Suite; Heart Knows; Three Treasures; French Twist; Esmeh; Counter Clockwise; Munir; Newfoundsong.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lena Bloch: Heart Knows

Read "Heart Knows" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Sostituendo la chitarra di Dave Miller col pianoforte di Russ Lossing, Lena Bloch dà vita al suo secondo album, a tre anni da Feathery, che oggi dà il nome al suo stesso quartetto. Di quel lavoro, che l'aveva rivelata come una tenorista di bella presenza sonora, soprattutto ottima esponente di un jazz di mezzo molto ben ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lena Bloch & Feathery: Heart Knows

Read "Heart Knows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Lena Bloch mocks the “sophomore jinx" myth with her second CD release, Heart Knows. The tenor saxophonist's debut, Feathery, drew a good deal of well-deserved praise. With her saxophone intertwined with a responsive guitar/bass/drums rhythm section, Bloch paid tribute--in part--to pianist Lennie Tristano, via her relationship with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. On Heart Knows, Bloch moves ...

Feathery

Label: Thirteenth Note Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Hi-Lee; Rubato; Baby Suite; Starry-Eyed; Marshmallow; Farewell to Arms; Featherbed; Beautiful You; Hi-Lee (reprise).


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