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Samuel Torres Group: Forced Displacement

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When Chamber Music America awarded Colombian-born, New York-based percussionist Samuel Torres a New Jazz Works grant in 2012, the wheels started spinning in his mind. Ultimately, it would be his native land that would help determine the directional vision for the grant-funded work: Torres, inspired by a visit to San Juan de Urabá and an encounter with Afro-Colombian folkloric master Emilsen Pacheco, settled on the idea of a suite to shed light on those who've been most affected by the ...


Garzone/Bergonzi/Moses/Andersson: Splitting up in Boston

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Back in 2013, renowned saxophonists George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi recorded an album together that came out in 2014 on the Danish label Stunt. The name of the album was Quintonic and it sounded just as one might expect; wonderful music with fiery blowing, swinging tunes, tight grooves and razor-sharp twists and turns and lyric moments of beauty. They recorded it with two Danish musicians, pianist Carl Winther and drummer Anders Mogensen, and the Finnish bassist Johnny Åman.


Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla: Kirkastus

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The most striking thing about Kirkastus--a duo outing by a pair of seasoned Finnish free jazzers, saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen and pianist/harpist Iro Haarla--is the unalloyed beauty of the sound they've made. Aaltonen, in his eighth decade now, has the longer term veteran's credentials. His saxophone style draws from late period John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, with moments of growling and feral roars, subdued and refined here, and set beside moments of reverie and introspection and nuanced story-telling, with the occasional ...


Marie Kruttli Quintet: What Do I Miss

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What Do I Miss is pianist Marie Kruttli's second album as leader, hot on the heels of her trio debut, Kartapousse, which was released in mid-2015. Once again the tunes are all Kruttli's original compositions, but this time round it's a quintet outing: a short, five track EP recorded in Brooklyn during Kruttli's three-month stay in New York and released on the young German label QFTF. Krüttli's New York quintet not only adds tenor saxophone (Francesco Geminiani) and ...


David Ricard Big Band: Holiday Swingin'

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Much like last year's Holidays with a Bang!, bassist David Ricard's new big-band album, Holiday Swingin,' does precisely that, seldom pausing for a deep breath while charging through a litany of fourteen seasonal themes both old and new. If much of it seems vaguely familiar, that could be because Ricard has recycled no fewer than nine songs from that earlier album (with new arrangements, he assures the listener, and a new vocalist--Lucy Woodward, who has replaced Aubrey Logan and is ...


Bengt Berger / Jonas Knutsson / Christian Spering / Max Schultz: Blue Blue

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The Swedish trio of drummer Bengt Berger, saxophonist Jonas Knutsson and bassist Christian Spering has been working for 19 years, often hosting different musicians-friends. This versatile trio aesthetics blended natural elements of modern jazz with East-Asian and West-African rhythms and Swedish folk music. The trio was voted as the Swedish jazz group of the year more than ten times, but only recently decided to expand its format to a quartet, adding jazz guitarist Max Schultz, a favorite guest musician of ...


Giving Thanks & Sharing the Jazz Love!

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We're celebrating Thanksgiving by recognizing everyone who volunteered to help improve All About Jazz this past year. Your contributions were immeasurable and we thank you for your generosity, passion and friendship. The good people who support this website are as cool and as essential as the music itself. Thanks again! Since 1995 At All About Jazz and Jazz Near You, we celebrate jazz every day. We publish new content seven days a week, including articles, news ...


Brad Mehldau: Brad Mehldau: 10 Years Solo Live

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It is surprising that Brad Mehldau and Keith Jarrett do not draw even more comparisons. Both cross genres with ease, provide consistently high quality content and are unquestionably the finest piano virtuosos in modern music. With the release of Mehldau's 10 Years Solo Live, he solidifies his position as the heir apparent to Jarrett's place atop the solo jazz piano pedistal.The five hours of live music in this anthology are the result of Mehldau's review and segmentation of ...

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