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Peter Ehwald - saxophones; Arthur Lea - piano, rhodes; Matthias Nowak - bass; Jon Scott - drums. The melody is carried from one to another. Time keeping is shared. Ideas are all over the place. It’s a conversation that goes round in circles because there’s always an angle you haven’t heard yet. Paragon are a travelling band. They tour countries and influences alike, from Brooklyn ballads to Venezuelan merengue to Bollywood bhangra. Imagine the classic Jazz quartet going back to the 1970s after backpacking in Eastern Europe and jamming with 21st century Balkan folk bands. Send them off to see a Glenn Gould recital before stopping off for afternoon tea with Pannonica de Koenigswarter in NYC and you might hear something of what goes on in the back of the Paragon tour bus. It’s the sound of a journey taking place

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Emiliano Lasansky

Emiliano Lasansky is a jazz musician, bassist, composer and educator currently based in New York City. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Emiliano is the grandson of artist Mauricio Lasansky and was born into a family of visual artists. From an early age he spent much time in his families’ studios surrounded by their art. Emiliano began on violin and electric bass at a young age, but switched to upright bass as his interest in jazz grew. After graduating from Iowa City West High, Emiliano attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he studied with professor Jeff Campbell

Cerca

Label: Jellymould Jazz
Released: 2014
Track listing: Cerca De Ti; East To West; Delhi Belly; Bohdan; Glory; Blue Eyes White Dragon; Fat Pig; North To South; Linguine; Ballade.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Phil Barnes' Favourite Albums of 2014

Read "Phil Barnes' Favourite Albums of 2014" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The sheer volume of great records that I have managed to hear, and the knowledge that there are many more that I haven't, means that I make no pretence of presenting a list of the definitive albums of the year. Instead, this is a snapshot list of the ten records that I have enjoyed the most ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Paragon: Cerca

Read "Cerca" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The art of conversation is surely dying. Too many people prepared to shout out the first thought that comes into their empty head, or repeat some banal corporate half-truth intended to drown out dissenting views. Self-importance, simple bad manners and selfishness rule the world with little space to reflect on or listen to what others have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Paragon: Cerca

Read "Cerca" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's been a decade since Anglo-German quartet Paragon formed. Cerca, recorded on an unspecified two days in Cologne, is the band's third release. The sax and Rhodes frontline, backed up by Matthias Nowak's bass and Jon Scott's drums, creates an elegant repertoire of tunes that draws on influences as diverse as '60s spiritual jazz and hip-hop ...


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