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Opus 5

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Swing On This

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2022
Track listing: Swing On This; Pythagoras; Moonbay; Fermata; Finger Painted Swing; Sight Vision; The Great Divide; In Case You Missed It.

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Article: Album Review

Opus 5: Swing On This

Read "Swing On This" reviewed by Paul Beard


Recorded in September 2021, at the Samurai Hotel Recording Studio under the direction of Mike Marciano, this is the fifth album from contemporary jazz group, Opus 5. Entitled Swing On This, it comprises eight tracks that average around seven minutes each. Hailing from the Netherlands, Opus 5 is a stylish quintet made up of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rudy Royston, Wojciech Jachna and More

Read "Rudy Royston, Wojciech Jachna and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week the featured album is the new release by Rudy Royston, and we focus on Polish trumpet maestro Wojciech Jachna. In between a varied selection of different genres from the wide World of Jazz. Playlist Rudy Royston “Soul Train" from Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf) 00:00 Valerio Pontrandolfo & Harold Mabern Trio “Twenty" from Are ...

Album

Tickle

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2015
Track listing: Silver Pockets; Tickle; New Old Ballad; Five Corners; Equilibrium; Crack To The Crevice; Murzake.

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Progression

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2014
Track listing: Snow Child; Fear of Rooming; Climbing; Walk A Waltz; Geraldine; Inner Balance; For Instance, Take This

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Article: Extended Analysis

Robin Eubanks + Mental Images: kLassik rocK vol. 1

Read "Robin Eubanks + Mental Images: kLassik rocK vol. 1" reviewed by John Kelman


While jazz purists like to think that the artists they love have always been into jazz and nothing else, the truth is often more than a little different: not only have most jazz artists who grew up in the '60s and beyond been unalterably impacted by more than just the jazz music of their time, but ...

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Article: Album Review

Opus 5: Progression

Read "Progression" reviewed by Andrew Luhn


In the world of jazz the quintet is an established tradition. The standard quintet format has been one of the most common throughout the history of the music. It's a hard format to mess up, but it's an even harder format in which to stand out. On their most recent recording, Progression, Opus 5 stands out ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Misha Tsiganov: The Artistry Of The Standard

Read "Misha Tsiganov: The Artistry Of The Standard" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Standards represent so many things. They can be a fallback for those short on ideas or a springboard for those willing to invest a bit of themselves into the music. They're a representative historical sampling of what jazz has been and done, reminding all of those on the bandstand of who and what came before, but ...

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Article: Album Review

Opus 5: Introducing Opus 5

Read "Introducing Opus 5" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Collectively delivered jazz albums almost always fall into one of three categories: some are outings from neophytes looking to pool their resources, while trying to build a fan base from the ground floor up; others marry the musical skills of seasoned musicians who've crossed paths in various situations and/or share a commonality in approach; and the ...


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