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Riccardo Muti: 2018 Neujahrskonzert New Year’s Concert

Read "2018 Neujahrskonzert New Year’s Concert" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It is a yearly ritual. Rather than watch the ball drop on Times Square, I tune into my local Public Television station to watch the Vienna Philharmonic's annual New Year's Day concert. This yearly event features a different conductor every year, leading the orchestra through a program of waltz music, not the least of which comes ...


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Tiempo Libre: Bach in Havana

Read "Bach in Havana" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

This title provides a pun on the enclosed concept, through which Tiempo Libre, led by pianist and co-producer Jorge Gomez, connects the rhythms and melodies of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz with the venerated melodies and harmonies of Johann Sebastian Bach. “What's interesting to me is that we revere Bach for his musical genius," explains Gomez. “But ...


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Igor Butman: Magic Land

Read "Magic Land" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Russian sax man Igor Butman uses music from Russian cartoons and movies as the inspiration for Magic Land, where he has the support of a Hall of Fame band--Randy Brecker (trumpet), Stefon Harris (vibes), Chick Corea (piano), John Patitucci (bass) and drummer Jack DeJohnette, who doubles as producer. “Bu-ra-ti-no embodies the music's spirit. ...


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Eldar Djangirov: Live at the Blue Note

Read "Live at the Blue Note" reviewed by Jim Santella

Intimate and sparkling with effervescent joy, Eldar's appearance at the Blue Note in New York clearly brought a persuasive force to his audience. He's spontaneous and personable for this program of six standards and four originals, steering his acoustic trio through lovely straight-ahead territory with class.Trumpeter Chris Botti guests with the trio on “You ...


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Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion: Mozart Meets Cuba

Read "Mozart Meets Cuba" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Few musical marriages can seem more oddly matched than a German classical/chamber trio with an Afro-Cuban percussion ensemble. Yet Mozart Meets Cuba presents astonishing work: Latin explorations of Mozart's timeless melodies that are true to the fire and passion, and to the almost mathematic precision, of Afro-Cuban and classical perspectives. Mozart's compositions remain refined and austerely ...


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Eldar Djangirov: Eldar

Read "Eldar" reviewed by George Harris

Eldar more than lives up to the hype. If the opening Tatum-esque “Sweet Georgia Brown" doesn't bowl you over with his demonstration of articulate talent, try his head-spinning version of “Maiden Voyage" that makes the original sound absolutely archaic. Don't think this teen is simply some trained freak show. He is able to demonstrate speed with ...


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Eldar Djangirov: Eldar

Read "Eldar" reviewed by AAJ Staff

You can't really blame the media for heaping hype upon the young piano prodigy known simply as Eldar, because his story is pretty remarkable. Eldar grew up in remote Kyrgyzstan, where there are far more goat herders than jazz musicians, but he revealed enough early talent that he attracted both local and international attention. After moving ...


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Eldar Djangirov: Eldar

Read "Eldar" reviewed by Jim Santella

He's only eighteen, but he's making quite an impression everywhere he goes and in every corner of the world where his music can be enjoyed. This album, his third, is a straight-ahead collection of favorite songs with several originals. His acoustic trio interprets each of them with sensual passion.Eldar, who has chosen not to ...


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Rosa Passos: Amorosa

Read "Amorosa" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Recent projects with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and bassist Ron Carter have given Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Rosa Passos wider and much deserved recognition. With the release of Amorosa, the long time queen of Brazilian bossa nova has offered up one of the most titillating CDs of the year. Amorosa features new arrangements of songs associated with Antonio Carlos ...


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Glenn Gould: A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981

Read "A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981" reviewed by Colin Fleming

Being in the minority in my feelings for Glenn Gould's second Goldberg Variations, I feel it wise to add that I do not necessarily prefer them to his more famous 1955 recordings, as an admirer might. Yet there is something in the second Goldberg Variations, taped four months before Gould's death, that I more frequently return ...


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