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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

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Article: Interview

Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal

Read "Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Miles Davis and like-minded free-spirited vanguards of his day opened jazz up to countless influences during one of the genre's heydays in the late '60s and early '70s. Ever since, the boundaries of jazz have been broken down more radically, disseminated and increasingly blended with everything from current trends in popular music to classical music and ...

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Article: Album Review

Believers: Believers

Read "Believers" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


The three individuals making up Believers are each highly respected musical voices in their own right. Percussionist John Hadfield has performed and recorded with the likes of Nguyen Le and released an inspired duo EP with woodwind autodidact Lenny Pickett, called Heard by Others (Orenda Records, 2020). Sam Minaie, on the other hand, has played bass ...

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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.

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Article: Radio

A Selection Of The Best New Releases From 2020

Read "A Selection Of The Best New Releases From 2020" reviewed by Len Davis


A random selection of the best are releases from 2020. Playlist Wayne Krantz “High 70's" from Write Out Your Head (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Markus Reuter “Power Series" from Truce (Moonjune) 05:55 Gergo Borlai “Gary" from The Missing Song (Blue Canoe) 11:50 Richard Hallebeek “Sunset Sky" from Bumerang (Richie Rich) 17:46 Tigran Hamasyan “New Maps" ...

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Article: Year in Review

Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


2020 was a difficult year with many obstacles to overcome and with many high and low amplitudes. As a result, it was a year when naturally ambient, classical, and neo-classical music took over and provided greater joy than any other genre. Even the jazz records I preferred had plenty of quiet moments. The upbeat stuff was ...

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Article: Radio

Trilok Gurtu, Dewa Budjana, Tigran Hamasyan and more

Read "Trilok Gurtu, Dewa Budjana, Tigran Hamasyan and more" reviewed by Len Davis


John McLaughlin Sandeep Chowta, Trilok Gurtu, Marcus Klossek Electric Trio and more. Playlist Gavin Harrison-Antoine Fafard “Proto Mundi" from Chemical Reactions (Historical Heresey) 00:00 Scott Jones “Long Night" from Fictional Characters (Self Produced) 07:20 John McLaughlin “Inside Out" from Floating Point (Abstract Logix) 14:36 Sandeep Chowta “Yetto Velli chapter four" from Yetto Velli Diaries ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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