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Entries from January 2013

Ryan Blotnick: Solo, Volume I

Solo, Volume I finds guitarist Ryan Blotnick returning to his roots. Not only has he scaled back to his bare, musical minimum–a man and his guitar–but he’s also relocated from New York City to the Amherst/Northampton area of Massachusetts, all in an attempt to get closer to the life and music he knew growing up in Maine. The idea was simple: armed with his 1959 Martin 00-18, outfitted with a single coil pickup, he’d fashion a personal, acoustic/electric music not sullied by concerns over what someone else might want him to play…

Date: Jan 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

David El-Malek: Music from Source Vol. II

With distant musical worlds drawing closer via technological invention/access and displayed through exploration by innovative composers, it’s no surprise that this effort from French-Israeli saxophonist David El-Malek offers highly intriguing music. The music and Israeli-Arab talents under El-Malek’s leadership yield a fascinating brew of Middle Eastern-flavored selections mixed with a smattering of Western jazz improvisation…

Date: Jan 29th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet: Ciudad De Los Reyes

Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria has all but issued a mission statement to establish and cultivate a Peruvian/jazz style. Unlike most styles of Latin music, like montuno-based Afro-Cuban and bossa nova, Peruvian music does not stem from the clave rhythm, but instead from 12/8 (or 6/8, depending on who is your resident self-proclaimed expert). In short, it’s a three-against-four deal.

Date: Jan 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Pamela Hines Trio: 3.2.1.

Pianist Pamela Hines has been busy on the jazz scene for fifteen years, producing many excellent CDs featuring her quartets and quintets, as well as pairings with several top-notch vocalists. A first-rate composer of engaging and memorable tunes who put out one of the coolest Christmas albums, New Christmas (Spice Rack, 2008), she should be better known. 3.2.1, a superb, mostly trio affair, might just push her profile closer to where it belongs…

Date: Jan 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

The Odd Trio: Birth of The Minotaur

The dual themes running through The Odd Trio’s genre-bending The Birth of the Minotaur are jam band-inspired spontaneity and intensely melodic and almost theatrical impressionism. Even though Greek mythology is the source of their inspiration the dozen pieces bear hints of cinematic scores, blues and rock in addition to Mediterranean folk music…

Date: Jan 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Fabrizio Sferra Quartet: Untitled #28

It sounds great. It really does. It happens every time a record flows in such a way that it’s possible to actually enjoy its variations, contrasts and colors. Yes, colors; Untitled #28 is full of them

Date: Jan 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Kevin Eubanks: The Messenger

It’s a shame that so few people only know guitarist Kevin Eubanks as the always-smiling, lick-delivering bandleader and guitar sidekick on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was sharing the stage with drummer m: Art Blakey and recording with drummer m: Billy Hart long before he ever did the daily grind in television studios, but time has an unfortunate way of rewriting history.

Date: Jan 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews