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In its ever-evolving state, jazz invites into its fold imaginative artists who freely and courageously pursue their own vision, not only built on tradition but also infused with their own personality and passion. In the case of pianist/keyboardist Tigran Hamasyan, potent jazz improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia. Turning 30 in 2017, he’s one of the most remarkable and distinctive jazz-meets-rock pianists of his generation. Tigran’s fresh sound is marked by an exploration of time signatures beyond 4/4 into 5/4 and 9/8, charged dynamics, the shifting between acoustic and electric modes of expression, all undergirded by an affinity to the grind of heavy metal. A piano virtuoso with groove power, Tigran’s latest adventurous project is The Ancient Observer, his second solo album and his sophomore recording for Nonesuch

The Call Within

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Levitation 21; Our Film; Ara Resurrected; At a Post-Historic Seashore; Space of Your Existence; The Dream Voyager; Old Maps; Vortex; 37 Newlyweds; New Maps.

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Brian Charette

Read "Take Five With Brian Charette" reviewed by Brian Charette

Meet Brian Charette: Grammy-nominated organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, he has worked with many notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Lou Donaldson and countless others. Charette is a Hammond endorsed, SteepleChase and Posi-Tone recording artist. In ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tigran Hamasyan: The Call Within

Read "The Call Within" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Tigran Hamasyan had already demonstrated that he's an excellent pianist: He won the Montreux Jazz Festival's piano competition in 2003. He was only seventeen when he released his first recording (World Passion, Nocturn) in 2005 and then he claimed top prize the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition the year after that. Hamasyan's Nonesuch Records debut ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Love Letters & Postcards from the Jazz Heart

Read "Love Letters & Postcards from the Jazz Heart" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brian Andres Trio Latino Mayan Suite Bacalao Records 2020 Drummer and percussionist Brian Andres may have been born in Cincinnati but his musical homeland is Latin America. A drummer by age ten, Anders studied at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and eventually followed his Latin ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Tigran Hamasyan: Music and Arts Have a Purpose to Elevate People Spiritually

Read "Tigran Hamasyan: Music and Arts Have a Purpose to Elevate People Spiritually" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan is a composer who has built his career on defying expectations, taking chances, exploring and pushing the boundaries between genres and geographies. His albums serve as a testament to his diverse musical tastes where any combination of musical possibilities can emerge. In a sense, he has managed to find a way to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Matt Ulery, Fred Pallem, Sylvain Darrifourq, Tim Garland & More New Releases

Read "Matt Ulery, Fred Pallem, Sylvain Darrifourq, Tim Garland & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For the second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases, we Focus. As in... we compare and contrast the music from that iconic 'saxophone & strings' album by Stan Getz with the two more recent CDs—both entitled Re Focus—by Tim Garland and Sylvain Rifflet which Getz's 1961 masterpiece inspired. The latter was orchestrated ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tigran Hamasyan: Atmosphères

Read "Atmosphères" reviewed by David Bruggink

A cross-cultural collaboration between Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, guitarist Eivind Aarset, sound manipulator Jan Bang, and Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan, Atmosphères seems to be a quintessential ECM release in certain ways. It exhibits qualities that come readily to mind when imagining the ECM aesthetic: sonic minimalism, musical gestures with exquisite subtleness and thrilling, sometimes discordant, experimentation. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Tigran Hamasyan and lots of new releases

Read "Tigran Hamasyan and lots of new releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this edition of World of Jazz a packed show with new releases. After a series of highly successful and praised albums, Verneri Pohjola presents his fourth release on Edition Records, which incorporates influences of his last three sessions into one defined and beautifully crafted collection. With an exclusive release on Bandcamp, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Four Forty One

Read "Four Forty One" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

2020 marks the beginning of Will Vinson's third decade of working and living in New York. Over the years the British-American saxophonist has gained wide recognition as a sideman as well as a leader, with six albums to his name in the bank. Beyond recording highly acclaimed albums for late Gerry Teekens' Criss Cross label, Vinson ...


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