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Michael Attias

The product of migrations spanning North Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and the American Midwest, Michael Attias has been active in New York City as leader, sideman, composer, and improvisor since 1994. Concerts in clubs and festivals throughout the US, Europe, the Middle East and Japan have brought him together with such musicians as Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian, Oliver Lake, Butch Morris and Anthony Coleman. He has released two albums as leader in the last three years, Renku and Credo, for Playscape and Clean Feed respectively. Both were warmly received by critics and featured on several end-of-the-year lists of Top Releases

Resilience

Label: Skirl Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Yayoi; Untangled; Castello di Traliccia; Resilience; King Korn Revisited; Aylan Kurdi; The Traveller; Afterthought; Pedestrian Space.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dan Pitt: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based guitarist Dan Pitt debuted as a recording artist in 2019 with his trio outing, Fundamentally Flawed (2019). A versatile gutarist who plays in a variety of styles, he has performed with cellist Andrew Downing, saxophonists Tim Berne and Michael Attias, and bassist Michael Formanek. Monochrome, Pitt's offering for 2020, is a solo guitar ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Sebastien Ammann is originally from Switzerland but has been part of the New York City jazz scene since 2008, collaborating with musicians such as Kris Davis, Tony Malaby, Ohad Talmor and George Schuller. His current main focus is on his quintet, Color Wheel, whose second album is a kaleidoscope of fresh sounds and interesting musical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Stark, abstract inquiries are fashioned, some resolved, some left hanging, in the jarring and resolute music of Swiss-pianist Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel. With an uncanny ability to command the moment, Ammann and his equally inspired mates—Michael Attias on saxophone, bassistNoah Garabedian, trombonist Samuel Blaser and drummerNathan Ellman-Bell—take the moment and throw in a ton of turbulence ...

échos la nuit

Label: Out Of Your Head Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Echoes I: Mauve; Trinité; Grass; Autumn I; Autumn II; Fenix III; Circles; Rue Oberkampf; Wrong Notes; Song for the Middle Pedal; Sea in the Dark; Echos II: Night.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Dieci il numero di musicisti coinvolti, dieci le composizioni (tutte di Kris Davis tranne “The Very Thing" di Michael Attias e la conclusiva Reflections di Julius Hemphill, dieci il voto che assegniamo senza tentennamenti all'ultimo progetto della pianista/compostrice canadese. Grazie anche al sapiente lavoro di Ron Saint Germain -ingegnere del suono, tra gli altri, di Sonic ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New releases and a special focus on albums from Diane Roblin and Chelsea McBride

Read "New releases and a special focus on albums from Diane Roblin and Chelsea McBride" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Another show packed with new music with a focus on new releases from Diane Roblin and Chelsea McBride. Diane Roblin's spirited debut release Reconnect made the jazz charts and received airplay around the globe. Now she offers a second album of high energy music from the heart entitled Life Force featuring an explosive six piece band. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by Troy Dostert

To call pianist Kris Davis stylistically omnivorous would seem to be an understatement. While she started her career solidly in the avant-garde circles that brought her into projects with stalwarts of the genre like Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, Tom Rainey and Tony Malaby, that hasn't stopped her from forging connections with other musicians not typically included ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by John Sharpe

Cross fertilization has been at the heart of jazz since its inception when African rhythms met European instrumentation. That stylistic melange is taken to another level in the cultural melting pot of New York City. Being based in the city since 2001, it's little surprise that Canadian pianist Kris Davis has developed an ever-expanding list of ...


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