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Jon Batiste: Anatomy of Angels

Read "Anatomy of Angels" reviewed by Chris May

As the bandleader and musical director on CBS TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, pianist Jon Batiste will be known to many AAJ readers in the US. Here on the other side of the pond his name rings fewer bells. So before discussing Batiste's piano trio + octet album Anatomy of Angels, some background for ...

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Louis Armstrong: Pops Is Tops. The Verve Studio Albums.

Read "Pops Is Tops. The Verve Studio Albums." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Grazie alla nuova storiografia del jazz, sono ormai caduti i vecchi e fuorvianti clichès sulla produzione discografica di Louis Armstrong negli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta. Ingiustamente relegati, fino a qualche decennio fa, nell'alveo dell'intrattenimento commerciale e nel degradato processo di sclerotizzazione esecutiva del geniale trombettista, i dischi qui recensiti risalgono al 1957 e sono l'esito di ...


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Tigran Hamasyan: Shadow Theater

Read "Shadow Theater" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Con questa nuova opera, pubblicata due anni dopo A Fable, Tigran Hamasyan conferma la connessione col folklore armeno in una prospettiva nuova, mostrando d'essere un artista avventuroso e visionario, non solo un magnifico pianista. Eccetto pochi brani folk le musiche sono originali, presentate in una veste tanto innovativa quanto intrisa di valori tradizionali. Il ...


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Tigran Hamasyan: Shadow Theater

Read "Shadow Theater" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Pianist Tigran Hamasyan's Shadow Theater is an innovative convergence of composition and folk music from his birthplace in Armenia. Having performed since the age of three, gained acclaimed in Europe and won first place at the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, there's never been a question of his abilities. He shines in a traditional ...


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Tigran Hamasyan: A Fable

Read "A Fable" reviewed by Charles Walker

The young, Armenian-born pianist Tigran Hamasyan possesses an almost intimidating virtuosity, a style that owes as much to Art Tatum's two-handed volubility and the sweeping refinement of Impressionist composers as it does to the spiraling, East-meets-West melodies of his homeland. Winner of the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute's piano competition, New Era (2008, Nocturne) found Hamasyan settling ...


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