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For more information, go to www.willvinson.com.
For purchasing information and to read more about the album, go to willvinson.bandcamp.com/album/four-forty-one.
Here's the opening track featuring pianist Sullivan Fortner:
Rezső Seress with the original lyrics plus the English translation linked to multiple suicides. The composer's story is fascinating yet this version is pushed forward by Sumbry's active drums. The melody is shared by the bass clarinet and vibes with guitar counterpoint. As an immigrant to the United States, Pukl composes songs that deal with broken families but also pieces that reflect life in a freer environment. An example of the former is "Separation", a somber ballad in which the tenor sax, guitar, and vibes each have a voice as does Brewer with a fine solo and the drummer taking the piece to its conclusion.
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Listening to "Broken Circles", one hears a quintet of musicians working and playing to create messages that resonate. Jure Pukl has been an impressive player since first coming to critical attention in the early years of the previous decade. His writing keeps on maturing as does his playing. He's recorded and/or worked with musicians such as pianist Vijay Iyer, drummer Damion Reid, the Vienna Sax Quartet, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and his wife, saxophonist Melissa Aldana. This current quintet deserves to be heard in person as each person brings great musical knowledge to the project. Pay attention!
For more information, go to jure-pukl.com.
Here's the first track on the album:
|Photo: N Hayashi
|Photo: Attila Kleb
|Photo: N. Hayashi
For more information, go to davidliebman.com/home/new_releases/earth/. Dave Liebman Expansions is appearing at The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme CT on 2/22 and then at Dizzy's Club NYC on 2/28-29. Click on the names for more information.