Jean-Michael Damase: Symphonie; Piano Concerto No. 2; Concertino; Flute Concerto Feb01
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Jean-Michael Damase: Symphonie; Piano Concerto No....

The Dutton record label initially built its reputation issuing audiophile-quality transfers from 78-rpm shellac discs recorded between 1920 and 1970. While the label has continued this thread of activity, it also issues world-premiere recordings of little-known but deserving works by...

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Stephen Paulus (b.1949): Three Places of Englighte...

For those listeners not familiar with the work of the American composer Stephen Paulus, this recent release from Naxos serves as an excellent introduction, offering superb performances of Paulus’s orchestral music from Giancarlo Guerrero and his Nashville Symphony. Paulus was born in Summit,...

Georgy Catoire (1861-1926): Piano Music / Marc-André Hamelin, piano Jan26
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Georgy Catoire (1861-1926): Piano Music / Marc-And...

This recording on Hyperion’s mid-priced Helios imprint was made in 1998. If you missed it the first time around, you can, and should, remedy that now. The music is performed by long-time Hyperion artist, Marc-André Hamelin, a pianist who time and again has exposed the extraordinary...

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: ‘Imaginary Cities’ Jan22
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Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: ‘Imagina...

Saxophonist and composer Chris Potter’s triumphant, expansive, visionary and boundary-blurring new release “Imaginary Cities” marks his second as leader for the ECM label, following 2012’s “The Sirens”. The creative impulse here stems, in part, as Chris himself puts it, from a...

Billy Hart Quartet: One Is the Other Jan20
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Billy Hart Quartet: One Is the Other

Billy Hart has done as much as anyone alive to master the vocabulary of jazz drumming. Mr. Hart (b. 1940) has been the beat behind over 500 albums by artists ranging from Sam And Dave to Pharoah Sanders. With The Montgomery Brothers and Jimmy Smith in the ‘60s, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock...

Joaquin Turina: Chamber Music for Strings and Piano / Lincoln Trio Jan18
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Joaquin Turina: Chamber Music for Strings and Pian...

Much of the music of Joaquín Turina (1882 – 1949) is reasonably well represented on disc, including his songs, pieces for solo piano and for guitar, and some of his orchestral works. In the area of chamber music, however, aside from a few of his most popular pieces, little has been...

Vijay Iyer (composer, piano, electronics): Mutations Jan14
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Vijay Iyer (composer, piano, electronics): Mutatio...

Vijay Iyer should be familiar to both jazz enthusiasts and people interested in creative new music of all sorts. He has collaborated with artists from Amiri Baraka to John Zorn on record labels from Asian Improv to Sunnyside. It is not only his piano playing and composing that has won him a...

Xavier Desandre Navarre: In-Pulse Dec30
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Xavier Desandre Navarre: In-Pulse

The French jazz composer and percussionist Xavier Desandre Navarre has released a promising first album as bandleader entitled In-Pulse, on the Jazz Village label. He has assembled a tremendous combo behind him that enlists two upright bass players, Stéphane Kerecki and Bruno Rousselet, and...

Michel Bisceglia Trio: Singularity / Michel Bisceglia, piano; Werner Lauscher, bass; Marc Léhan, drums Nov20
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Michel Bisceglia Trio: Singularity / Michel Bisceg...

The sometime politically-fractious, culturally heterogeneous, low country of Belgium continues in the present day to foster its lengthy and distinguished relationship with Jazz, one that includes producing the eminent musical personages Django Reinhardt and Toots Thielemans, the Brussels Jazz...

Baptiste Trotignon: ‘Hit’ with Thomas Bramerie and Jeff Ballard Nov12
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Baptiste Trotignon: ‘Hit’ with Thomas ...

The acclaimed French pianist and composer Baptiste Trotignon appears on this evocative, elegant and diverse new album of original compositions entitled “Hit”, released on the Naïve label. After recording and working on numerous projects throughout Europe and the US, with...

Swiss Aspects: Orchestral Music from Argovia 1945-1970 / Douglas Bostock Nov10
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Swiss Aspects: Orchestral Music from Argovia 1945-...

This recent release from Coviello Classics titled Swiss Aspects presents live recordings from concerts marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Argovia Philharmonic. Its subtitle reads Orchestral Music from Argovia 1945-1970. This sent me to Google maps where I discovered Argovia is one of the...

Francesco Cilea: Piano Trio; Cello Sonata / Cusano, Di Tonno, Codispoti Nov07
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Francesco Cilea: Piano Trio; Cello Sonata / Cusano...

Italian composer Francesco Cilea is best known for his operas, Adriana Lecouvreur and L’arlesiana, but his success in the opera house was spotty. His final opera, Gloria, premièred in Milan in 1907 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini, was poorly received and withdrawn after only two...