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Tigran Hamasyan

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

Album

Stand Art

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: De-Dah; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; All The Things You Are; Big Foot; When A Woman Loves A Man; Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise; I Should Care; Invasion During An Operetta; Laura.

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tobin Mueller

Read "Take Five with Tobin Mueller" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

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Article: Album Review

Tigran Hamasyan: Stand Art

Read "Stand Art" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Many jazz pianists start out by playing tunes from the standard pop and jazz repertoires before tackling their own compositions. Tigran Hamasyan has gone in the opposite direction. He has been recording original works and traditional Armenian songs since 2005. Now, on his eleventh album, he finally gets around to playing American standards. Hamasyan ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

April 2022: Get Out Of Town

Read "April 2022: Get Out Of Town" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Kristina Koller Get Out Of Town Self Produced 2022 Youthful, vibrant, and musically precocious, vocalist / composer Kristina Koller answers her two previous recordings: the gracefully insurgent Perception (Self Produced, 2018) and frankly anarchic Stronger (Self Produced, 2019) with the intensely focused Get Out Of Town, devoted to a dramatic ...

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Article: My Playlist

Vanessa Perica: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Vanessa Perica: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Maria Schneider Orchestra, Data Lords (Artist Share, 2020). Scrittura straordinaria associata ad una musicalità impressionante. Data Lords ha definito nuovi orizzonti per i grandi ensemble. 2. Aaron Parks, Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man (Ropeadope, 2020). Sono una estimatrice delle composizioni di Aaron. Mi colpiscono sia dal ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

Album

Long Story Short

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Travelin’ Music; Checkered Past; Synchronism; Reach; A Night In Tunisia; In Your Own Sweet Way; Dawning; Shout Out; Ipolani’s Song; Happy House

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Song of the Day

Checkered Past

Album:
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Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:16

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Article: In Pictures

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


A collection of photos from the Bergamo Jazz Festival in Bergamo from September 16 to 19, 2021 featuring Tigran Hamasyan, Dave Douglas-Franco D'Andrea Quartet, Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima Quartet, Vocione, O-Jana, Riccardo Brazzale and his Lydian Sound Orchestra with guests David Murray and Hamid Drake, Giovanni Guidi-Luca D'Aquino Duo, Paolo Angeli, Roberto Ottaviano Eternal Love, Hobby Horse, ...


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