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Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé

Read "Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion This Is the Life I Choose 33 Jazz Records 2017 Zoe Schwarz and her band, the Blue Commotion, have been making a name for themselves in their native England for the better part of this decade. With five albums to their credit, the band and singer have ...


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The Black Butterflies: Luisa

Read "Luisa" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a rare musician confident enough in his or her abilities to subsume their own name under a group moniker, but even as saxophonist/composer Mercedes Figueras maintains her independence via a personal presence on the web under her own moniker, she has taken that humble step with the Black Butterflies. Coalescing in 2010, the quintet's previous ...


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The Black Butterflies: Luisa

Read "Luisa" reviewed by Matt Marshall

On their two previous releases, 1 de Mayo (2010) and Rainbows for Ramon (2012), The Black Butterflies built soulful, searching jazz with dense, kinetic layers of Latin and African rhythms. Using both group improvisation and individual statements, they freely, yet unhurriedly, explored the boundaries of their music, often lingering in spots to let the tonal palette ...


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Angela Davis: The Art of The Melody

Read "The Art of The Melody" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Saxophonist and All About Jazz contributor Angela Davis has made it official, releasing her debut recording, The Art of The Melody. Davis joins a growing legion of female reeds players that includes Sharel Cassity, Alisha Pattillo, Virginia Mayhew, Claire Daly, and Mercedes Figueras, who are flexing their respective chops in the ravenous particles of digital music.


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The Black Butterflies: Rainbows For Ramon

Read "Rainbows For Ramon" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Black Butterflies is a Latin free-for-all led by reed multi- instrumentalist Mercedes Figueras, an Argentinean transplanted to New York City. Figueras and band follows up a well- received debut, 1 De Mayo (Self Produced, 2010), with Rainbows for Ramon. Reviewed in capable detail by Dan Bilawsky and Karl Ackermann, Rainbows for Ramon--and, in particular, Figueras' ...


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The Black Butterflies: Rainbows For Ramon

Read "Rainbows For Ramon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Black Butterflies' debut, 1 De Mayo (Self Produced, 2010), introduced an ensemble that found beauty in brashness and an all-inclusive recipe for musical creation. The group found its way by liberally mixing free jazz, Latin music, blues, John Coltrane-like spiritualism, primal urges and strong rhythmic elements, giving their music a sense of raw immediacy that's ...


Article: Album Review

The Black Butterflies: Rainbows for Ramon

Read "Rainbows for Ramon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When she was scarcely into her twenties, self-taught saxophonist Mercedes Figueras recorded Elefante (Self Produced, 2007) a duo recording with drummer Martin Visconte. From this initial effort, it was clear that Figueras is as fearless as she is creative. She neither tames her instrument nor lets it run wild and in the process has invented a ...


1 De Mayo

Released: 2010
Track listing: 01. 1 De Mayo (Marriot); 02. Afro Blue (Santamaria); 03. Pipi's Blues (Figueras); 04. Spiritual Travels (Larokko); 05. Yah-Yah (Larokko); 06. Music Heals All Wounds (Figueras).

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The Black Butterflies: 1 De Mayo

Read "1 De Mayo" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

C'è qualcosa di profondamente sensuale in 1 De Mayo. Sensuale e dolente, come nella miglior tradizione tanguera anche se del tango c'è solo qualche eco lontano, assai lontano. Sarà il modo con cui vengono sviluppate le melodie, in cui il sax sinuoso di Mercedes Figueras ti avvolge in una spirale senza scampo, con le note che ...


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