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Entries from December 2016

Pawel Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio and Mr Krime: Vars and Kaper:Deconstruction

Doubtless some were surprised when pianist/composer Pawel Kaczmarczyk left ACT Records after the ambitious Complexity in Simplicity (2009). However, the decision has perhaps proven to be a musically astute one, given the stunning statement from Kaczmarczyk’s Audiofeeling Trio–featuring one of Polan… [ read more ]

Date: Dec 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Laura Dubin: Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival / Matt Savage: Piano Voyages

Here are three new CDs by two exemplary young pianists, m: Laura Dubin and m: Matt Savage , the first two of which reprise a concert by Dubin’s splendid trio at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in July 2016. The third, Piano Voyages, is Savage’s twelfth recordin… [ read more ]

Date: Dec 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita: Transparent Water

Cuban Pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player and vocalist Seckou Keita have assembled an extraordinary album seamlessly melding Latin American and West African music. Additional guest instrumentalists bring with them a host of other sounds predominantly emanating from the Far East.

Date: Dec 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Joan Torres’s All Is Fused: Of The Musical

Bassist m: Joan Torres ‘s journey as a musician led him to many interesting places. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he gravitated towards bass at an early age and attended several Berklee College of Music programs as a high school student.

Date: Dec 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Handmade Blade: Aram Bajakian’s Dolphy Formations

Guitarist m: Aram Bajakian has always played music that made things happen, whether it was with his contributions to Lou Reed’s band, or Diana Krall’s, or on his work on Tzadik Records, or his own self produced CD, 2016’s superb Music Inspired By The Color of Pomegranate, an unofficial a… [ read more ]

Date: Dec 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

AndrA(C) Santos: Vitamina D

Vitamina D is guitarist m: AndrA(C) Santos ‘ third album, following Ponto de Partida (2013) and Mano A Mano (2014). Not having heard the earlier two discs, there is little to say here about this latest project in relation to Santos’ earlier work.

Date: Dec 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble: Rising Colossus

Edgetone Records sent the LP edition of this album that is also available on CD and digital format. Yet I still maintain that most jazz albums are better served via full-bodied analogue productions often equating to a studio-in-your-room experience, coupled with a first-rate turntable and audiophile… [ read more ]

Date: Dec 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews