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Tomoko Omura

Tomoko Omura is among today's leading voices in jazz violin. “Roots”, her debut album for Inner Circle Music, is a compelling tribute to her native Japan, featuring original arrangements of ten classic Japanese folk and popular songs. In the words of fellow violinist Christian Howes, “'Roots' is a tremendous accomplishment, and undoubtedly one of the most important and creative jazz albums produced by a violinist in recent history.” Downbeat magazine calls Tomoko “a leader with a fine future”, awarding “Roots” 4 and a half stars. Her latest release, “Post Bop Gypsies” (Inner Circle, 2017), is a contemporary jazz trio album in the classic Gypsy jazz instrumentation of violin, guitar and bass

Unraveled

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: No More 'I Love You's; Love Again; Unraveled; Happy To Stay; Lie In Wait; Voice Is Magic; The Peacocks; Dindi; These Days; Karate.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Aubrey Johnson: Unraveled

Read "Unraveled" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Serving as a statement of elucidation, exploration and emotional reasoning, Unraveled lays bare a unique soul while presenting a clear-headed means of disentangling complex artistic threads. It's an album that's as sophisticated as it is accessible and as personal as it is universal in its line(s) of thought. In short, it's a debut destined to stand ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Annie Chen: Secret Treetop

Read "Secret Treetop" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nel suo secondo album la cantante cinese Annie Chen compie un bel passo avanti, imboccando un percorso più complesso ed eclettico, anche se meno accattivante rispetto all'esordio di Pisces The Dreamer. Se in quel disco del 2014 esprimeva la sua adesione ai classici modelli del canto jazz qui Annie sperimenta una sintesi tra jazz moderno e ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Annie Chen Octet: Secret Treetop

Read "Secret Treetop" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Over the years, jazz has widened its horizons to encompass a broad range of music that many of those who practiced and/or appreciated the more traditional forms might not recognize, let alone endorse. Among the more recent genres is “world music," which embodies various rhythmic and harmonic elements of jazz without assimilating its core values. On ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision

Read "Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

For much of the past decade, Cuban-born pianist Fabian Almazan spent most of his time playing with Terence Blanchard who called him: “One of the great, young, new talent of his generation." Now 39 and based in New York City, Fabian earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and was voted ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Fabian Almazan

Read "Fabian Almazan" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Partner di Terence Blanchard dal 2007 (il trombettista l'ha definito «Uno dei grandi giovani talenti della sua generazione») Fabian Almazan è stato votato miglior pianista emergente nel critics poll di Down Beat del 2014 e il suo ultimo disco Alcanza ha ottenuto 5 stelle nella recensione delle stessa rivista.Pianista stabile del quartetto di Mark ...

Post Bop Gypsies

Label: Inner Circle Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Relaxin' At Camarillo; Four In One; Smile; JR; Boy From Boylston; Background Music; Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Aria; Arabesque; Midnight Sun; Wee.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tomoko Omura: Post Bop Gypsies

Read "Post Bop Gypsies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Think about your favorite jazz violinist. Now think about what style or sub-category of jazz that person would most easily fall into. Was your answer bebop? Probably not, I would venture to guess. It's not that I know your answer. This isn't a magic trick. For all I know it could've been Stéphane Grappelli, Jenny Scheinman, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fabian Almazan: Alcanza

Read "Alcanza" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When his debut record, Personalities, was released in 2011, pianist Fabian Almazan put everyone on notice: this was a musician unafraid to take some big chances with his craft. That album began with a piece by Shostakovich (augmented with a string quartet and electronics, no less), and it effectively established the trajectory Almazan has continued ever ...


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