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Areni Agbabian: Bloom

Read "Bloom" reviewed by Michael McKinney


Singer and pianist Areni Agbabian is probably best known for her work with Armenian-American pianist-wunderkind Tigran Hamasyan, in which the two musicians draw from their shared Armenian heritage. Both are also adept at creating moments of hazy and ethereal beauty. Bloom, Agbabian's ECM debut, made without Hamasyan, focuses on such moments. The album ...

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Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai: Playing The Room

Read "Playing The Room" reviewed by Michael McKinney


Playing the Room, a record pairing New York-based trumpet player Avishai Cohen and Burgundy-based pianist Yonathan Avishai, is a restrained and joyous affair. Their playing glows with a quiet delight, as though the musicians were glad for the simple act of playing together. That rarely comes out in overt and loud celebration, however—this is ...


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