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Vince Mendoza

The wide scope of his works demonstrates an extraordinary understanding of many musical languages. He has written scores of compositions and arrangements for big band, extended compositions for chamber and symphonic orchestra settings and his jazz composing credits read like a who’s who of the best modern instrumentalists, singers and composers. Heralded by critics as a master of contemporary idioms, composer and arranger Vince Mendoza has become a primary choice for the world’s most sophisticated contemporary musicians. Born in 1961 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Mendoza began learning classical guitar and piano from an early age

Storytellers

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Varanda, Matita Peré, Se Acontecer, Beatriz, Choro #3, Mau Pai, Baião a Tempo, Chora Choração, Mar de Copacabana, Sim ou Não.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kurt Elling: Secrets Are The Best Stories

Read "Secrets Are The Best Stories" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Due anni dopo la pubblicazione di The Questions il cantante di Chicago si presenta con un organico completamente nuovo che fa perno sul pianista panamense Danilo Pérez, aggiunge in un brano il portoricano Miguel Zenón e si avvale di una base ritmica di prim'ordine con altri strumentisti latini. La direzione espressiva di Kurt Elling ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ernesto Cervini: Tetrahedron

Read "Tetrahedron" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

A tetrahedron is a pyramid with a triangle base, thus a three dimensional shape consisting of four triangle faces. On the cover of his newest undertaking as a leader, Canadian drummer Ernesto Cervini uses this shape as an analogy to his working trio inviting a fourth member to the party. In this case the fourth person ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimmy Haslip: Red Heat

Read "Red Heat" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Music is our universal language. A message can be conveyed spiritually to a multitude of cultures and processed at innumerable human levels. Red Heat (originally released in 2000) is a rare and priceless gem that engages the masses with purely relatable emotions and feelings. It targets and strikes your core with purposeful marksmanship. This ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Vince Mendoza: Streams of Influence Flowing into a River of Sound

Read "Vince Mendoza: Streams of Influence Flowing into a River of Sound" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Vince Mendoza is a jazz composer, arranger, and conductor of consummate originality, skill, and adaptability, so much so that he has for several decades received frequent invitations and commissions from the whole gamut of ensembles and performers like the WDR Big Band, the Metropole Orkest in the Netherlands, the Los Angeles and Berlin Philharmonic, and the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Luciana Souza: Storytellers

Read "Storytellers" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Ci sono dischi che raggiungono un equilibrio così prezioso tra gli ambiti strumentali e vocali (in un clima di lirismo, ricchezza interpretativa e freschezza) che regalano nuove emozioni a ogni ascolto e non vorresti staccartene. È quanto accade all'album appena pubblicato da Luciana Souza, inciso con la WDR Big Band diretta da Vince ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The suggestions from musicians eager to share, in these trying times, the music they turn to when they need to uplift or sooth their souls keep pouring in. Here's the third volume of this immuno-booster jazz mix-tape series, featuring a compelling mix of jazz masters, contemporary jazz guitar heroes, latin tinge, soul and new gospel.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ernesto Cervini: Tetrahedron

Read "Tetrahedron" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based drummer Ernesto Cervini juggles a lot of ensembles: the Turboprop sextet, a pair of co-led trios, MEM 3 and Myriad3, and chordless trio Tunetown. Add to that another trio, Tetrahedron, offing up an eponymous debut with guitarist Nir Felder and his Fender Stratocaster sitting in to add some electric chording to the mix, electric bassist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimmy Haslip/Scott Kinsey/Gergo Borlai: ARC Trio

Read "ARC Trio" reviewed by Jim Worsley

A distant relative of Jimmy Haslip's first record as a leader, Arc (GRP, 1993), Arc Trio is a breath of fresh air. The core trio of Haslip, Scott Kinsey, and Gergo Borlai intelligently reimagine the fusion genre. While embracing essential elements of fusion past, they bring an enlightened vision to the epicenter as well as a ...


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