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Giulia's Thursday's
Giulia's Thursday's
Price: £15.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very tasteful and elegant music from John Taylor & mates, 20 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Giulia's Thursday's (Audio CD)
Tasteful, elegant, delightful, seductive, lyrical, romantic, relaxing, ... this and many similar adjectives keep coming to my mind every this I play this really beautiful CD from this great trio featuring John Taylor on piano, Palle Danielsson on acoustic bass and Martin France behind the drums. Music is not thrown at your face, you need to discover notes after notes the harmonies, the interactions between the three instruments, the sounds combining and melting. Yet this is not obscure, bland or too intricate music that requires months before you can crack its code. No, I find that in this recording John Taylor & mates reached a perfect balance between lyricism, freshness, energy, accessibility and sane complexity. In my opinion on of the most interesting and enjoyable trio dates of year 2012 and a must for any serious lover of jazz piano. Package sound quality is very high too. Enjoy!


The Orchestrion Project
The Orchestrion Project
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Price: £6.90

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Orchestrion reloaded... better than the first one, 17 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: The Orchestrion Project (Audio CD)
Although being a big Pat fan, I was not totally convinced by the original Orchestrion release (see my review back then) that I found somehow flat and cold. Well, I gave this amazing musical project a second opportunity and this time I found the results much more engaging, music comes out more natural and unrestrained, more space for improvisation, more dynamic rhythms. Even if some of the improvements are subtle, in my opinion the overall listening experience is more satisfying.


The Sirens
The Sirens
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Potter & mates in perfect shape, 16 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: The Sirens (Audio CD)
Put together a solid rhythm section with Grenadier on double bass and Harland behind the drums, a rich and sophisticated harmonic section with Tabor (piano) and Virelles (prepared piano, celeste, harmonium) often left free in seductive layers of improvisation, and above all Chris Potter (heard on soprano and tenor sax as well as bass clarinet), always dominating the scene with some passionate and energetic playing, presenting one after the other his original compositions (except for the last track penned by the two pianists) inspired by the reading of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. I believe this is one of Mr. Potter most solid releases, possibly his best, to discover over and over again. Totally recommended!


Live At Kitano
Live At Kitano
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Kimbrough trio live, 3 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Live At Kitano (Audio CD)
Another excellent trio recording by the very talented Frank Kimbrough that follows other very interesting trio dates such as Quickening (1998) possibly my favourite, Lullabluebye (2003), Play (2006). Not easy music that grabs you at first but really addictive if you grant it the necessary time that takes to be fully enjoyed. Even thou his piano style is very personal and original, some tracks really impressed me as Kimbrough recalls in my opinion quite a lot the late Bill Evans. Try for example Falling Waltz (#6) and Lover Man (#7) and tell me what you think. Just one but... the recording quality is below average, with a quite "boxy" sound, with evident roll off in the high frequency and significant reverberations that make the piano quite nasal. That's a pity given the beauty of the music... 5 stars to the music, 3 stars to the sound quality (by today standards).


Songways
Songways
Price: £15.89

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stefano Battaglia trio - Songways, 2 Feb. 2013
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After his previous trio release from ECM (2011 The River of Anyder), another trio recording from Italian jazz pianist Stefano Battaglia with the same mates (Salvatore Maiore on bass and Roberto Dani on drums). Again a beautiful work that will appeal any lover of contemporary jazz piano with seducing music to discover after repeated listening. While The River of Anyder is very lyrical and still remains Battaglia's most accessible trio recording, Songways is more about atmospheres ranging from melancholy to serenity, with the piano always the central element in the music narration. ECM quality impeccable as usual.


Somewhere in the Night - Bobby Hutcherson
Somewhere in the Night - Bobby Hutcherson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Hutcherson plus Joey DeFrancesco trio, 2 Feb. 2013
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After two beautifully charming releases from master jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson on Swiss label Kind of Blue, one exploring romantic moods (2006 For Sentimental Reasons) and the other a relaxed and classy Coltrane tribute (2009 Wise One), here comes this swinging and energetic live recording. Recorded October 2009 (just few months after Wise One) and released three years later, the result is some very entertaining and spontaneous music. Still, I feel this recording is not at the same level of his previous recent releases, with Hutcherson and the DeFrancesco trio that do not integrate quite well as I might have hope for. The recording quality is good but not excellent as in the other recordings of the same label.


Kubic'S Monk - Pierrick Pedron
Kubic'S Monk - Pierrick Pedron
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pianoless trio plays Monk, 30 Dec. 2012
In more than two decades of jazz listening sessions and a collection of over 2500 CDs I have enjoyed many interpretations of Monk music, from Bud Powell trio in Paris up to more recent tributes. So I was rather sceptical when I was recommended this CD from a never heard before trio (Pierrick Pédron on alto sax, Thomas Bramerie on double bass, Frank Agulhon on drums) joined in 3 of the 11 tracks by young rising trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire. After some repeated listening I realized this is really a great recording with music flowing in uncanny natural way, full of energy and joy, with melodies respected but presented as if they were fresh new. Recording quality is also very good with natural tones and good dynamics. Totally recommended to any lover of jazz music played the old way but played today (quote from the liner notes). Enjoy!


[em] Live - Michael Wollny / Eva Kruse / Eric Schaefer
[em] Live - Michael Wollny / Eva Kruse / Eric Schaefer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano trio [em] live at Jazz Baltica 2010, 30 Dec. 2012
This recording, taped live at Jazz Baltica, Salzau (Germany) on July 4th, 2010, presents in 47 minutes the complete concert performed by the [em] trio except for applauses shortened (as specified in the liner notes). The [em] trio features three young and very talented German musicians (Michael Wollny b. 1978 piano, Eva Kruse b. 1978 acoustic bass, Eric Schaefer b. 1976 drums) that show amazing empathy and togetherness as to sound as just one musical mind playing three instruments. Music is full of rock-solid energy, melodies are easy to follow yet complex and intriguing, they might recall the EST trio or the Bad Plus trio but still they have their very distinctive voice and identity. Recording quality is also very good with very good dynamics, a natural piano tone and a solid and deep bass that will move the woofers of your stereo set when you turn up the volume. Totally recommend to any lover of modern jazz piano trios. Enjoy!


Where Do You Start
Where Do You Start
Price: £8.06

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mehldau trio trademark formula, 3 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Where Do You Start (Audio CD)
The formula of this album is the same of some of the most engaging releases from the Brad Mehldau trio: rock-pop songs, jazz standards and original compositions (actually just one titled "Jam" in this case) all mixed together and played with intensity and empathy by Mehldau, Grenadier and Ballard. The result is 78 minutes of beautiful music that is groovy and lyrical, romantic and passionate. No surprises or adventures towards new territories, just the "classic" good things from the Mehldau trio for an album that in my opinion comes close to the excellent 2005 Day Is Done, sitting just a little behind it. Enjoy!


Rava on the Dance Floor
Rava on the Dance Floor
Price: £16.53

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enrico Rava and the PdM Jazz Lab play Michael Jackson, 27 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Rava on the Dance Floor (Audio CD)
Honestly, I would had never imagined Mr. Rava and a bunch of young and talented Italian jazz musicians playing Michael Jackson and recording this music for ECM... Indeed a dazzling surprise! Earlier this July I had the chance to see this show live and bought this CD immediately after the concert, before the actual release date. Certainly a recording cannot convey all the emotions of a live show, even if it is a live recording with the high standard of ECM. Still, this CD comes close to the live experience and in 56 minutes you get loads of music ranging to blistering moments to reflective and lyrical pauses. Do not aspect some sort of easy listening jazz for the pop/dance audiences, the MJ melodies and rhythms are the foundations where jazz music raises and reaches very high levels, played by a collective of 12 musicians putting all their passion into what they are doing. Trumpets and saxophones dominate the show for most of the time, with drums, percussions, electric bass, and electric guitar giving all the required energy the music asks for. More on the background the piano and keyboards. I was particularly impressed by Mr. Mauro Ottolini, author of all arrangements, that with his trombone and tuba gives a wonderful flavour and a solid body to music. Ottolini also works as a sort of conductor of this small big band during the live show. By the way, if you want to hear more from him, check out his very good release Sousaphonix.

In conclusions, Rava On the Dance Floor is a very entertaining and enjoyable release, where jazz is more close to the big band tradition with soul-funk contaminations, than to jazz-rock fusion as sometimes happens when jazz meets popular music. Totally recommended to any music enthusiast.


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