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Saturday Jazz Pianist IV | Brad Mehldau | Introducing Brad Mehldau

Fourth week, fourth pianist: when Brad Mehldau came into my listenings – it caused an immediate impact – the way each hand played a separate melody, his obsessive attention to detail, the dynamics of the improvisation, made clear we were in presence of an extraordinary musician/performer.

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Michael Rodriguez | Reverence

First album on the Criss Cross label for Michael Rodriguez – only 33 years old – the trumpet player gathers a remarkable quintet – all from his generation, his collaboration with Haden, Rubalcaba and Bobby Watson refined his creative melodic style and his transparent tone. 35 more words

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Saturday Jazz Pianist III |Ran Blake | Cocktails at Dusk | A Noir Tribute To Chris Connor

Third week, third pianist – Ran Blake absorbs various music traditions and mixes them into a very personal interpretation. I enjoy his slow melancholic way of playing, very much like film noir thrillers – recalling elegant femmes fatales and dry martinis. 30 more words

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Unicam Jazz Quartet ft Jonathan Kreisberg | Don't Be Afraid

Very creative musicians from Italy – Jonathan Kreisberg features the album – the second one – the quartet brings  all their influences and offers  a very pleasant work. 22 more words

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Dave Holland Octet: Pathways

Dave Holland playing with seven other musicians – each one of them leaders of their own projects – with great old and new material – Holland’s discography is now richer and more inventive than ever. 58 more words

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David Kikoski | Consequences

Pianist David Kikoski mobilizes a fantastic trio with long-time partners, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts – the past meetings of such lineup can assure us great – and so it happens!  8 more words

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Saturday Jazz Pianist II | Thelonius Monk | Monk's Dream

Second week, second pianist – Thelonius Monk always sounds so distinctive that he can be immediately recognized. His sound often described as ugly beautiful – his songs were mostly composed before he was thirty – his notes sound as if they were wrong – the band would follow him – his sense of rhythm was unique – sometimes we wonder if he’s for real. 20 more words

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