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Aruán Ortiz

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Pianist, violist, and composer Aruán Ortiz – born in Santiago de Cuba, and resident of Brooklyn – has been an active figure in the progressive jazz and avant-garde scene in the US for more than 15 years. Named “one of the most creative and original composers in the world” (Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge), he has written music for jazz ensembles, orchestras, dance companies, chamber groups, and feature films, incorporating influences from contemporary classical music, Cuban Haitian rhythms, and avant-garde improvisation. Aruán consistently strives to break stylistic musical boundaries. Since his arrival in the United States, Aruán has played, toured, or recorded with jazz luminaries such as Wadada Leo Smith, Don Byron, Greg Osby, Wallace Roney, Nicole Mitchell, Cameron Brown, Michael Formanek, William Parker, Adam Rudolph, Andrew Cyrille, Henry Grimes, Marshall Allen, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Graham Haynes, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Nasheet Waits

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Piano Inside And Out: You Have To Be Modernistic

Read "Piano Inside And Out: You Have To Be Modernistic" reviewed by David Brown


Today, a survey of piano approaches from James P. Johnson to Dorothy Donegan to Satoko Fujii and lots of folks in between. This is piano jazz.Playlist King Fleming Trio “Junction City Blues" from Stand By (Argo) 0:00:30 Randy Weston “Boram Xam Xam" from Khepera (Verve) 0:04:01 Earl “Fatha" Hines “Blues in Thirds" from The ...

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Article: Album Review

David Virelles: Nuna

Read "Nuna" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Cuban-born pianist/composer David Virelles has never been far from the top of the jazz profession in his recording career. His initial appearance as a sideman was with Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett on her 2001 Blue Note release Alma de Santiago. Early in his career he studied with Henry Threadgill and played with Steve Coleman, Chris ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Cyrille, William Parker & Enrico Rava: 2 Blues For Cecil

Read "2 Blues For Cecil" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Cecil Taylor's music was not for the faint of heart. The legendary pianist who performed like a combination of poet-percussionist-dancer rests now, but there is little doubt that discoveries from the archives will continue to be unearthed or reissued. In the meantime, tribute albums as eclectic as Taylor himself have been surfacing since he passed in ...

Article: Live Review

Don Byron e Aruàn Ortiz al Pinocchio di Firenze

Read "Don Byron e Aruàn Ortiz al Pinocchio di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Don Byron e Aruàn Ortiz Pinocchio Live Jazz Firenze 27.11.2021 Ripresa la stagione dopo un anno e mezzo di interruzione causata dalla pandemia, il Pinocchio Live Jazz di Firenze ha presentato come evento speciale della sezione autunnale il pianista cubano residente a New York Aruàn Ortiz e il clarinettista Don Byron, ...

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Code of Being

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Resonance; Archimedean; Every Atom Glows; Per 4; Code of Being; Where is Hella; Per 5; Tessera.

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Beyond Other Stories

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Singing Again; Adam & Eve; Stille Stille Stille; While the Sun Is Sinking; Cats in Crete; Like a Bird; The Queen Inside This Room; Holding; My Favorite Things; Flying High.

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Brass And Ivory Tales

Label: Fundacja Sluchaj
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Tale One with Dave Burrell: Chapter One; Chapter Two; CD2: Tale Two with Marilyn Crispell: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; CD3: Tale Three with Aruán Ortiz: Chapter One; Chapter Two; ; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; CD4: Tale Four – Ivo Perelman with Aaron Parks: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; CD5 Tale Five – Ivo Perelman with Sylvie Courvoisier CD9 Tale Nine – Ivo Perelman with Vijay Iyer; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; Chapter Ten; Chapter Eleven; CD6 Tale Six – Ivo Perelman with Agustí Fernández: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; CD7 Tale Seven – Ivo Perelman with Craig Taborn: Chapter One; Chapter Two; ; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; CD8 Tale Eight – Ivo Perelman with Angelica Sanchez: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; CD9 Tale Nine – Ivo Perelman with Vijay Iyer: Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five.

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Article: Year in Review

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2021

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2021" reviewed by Troy Dostert


2021 brought yet another year of outstanding jazz and creative improvisation, offering much-needed fortitude and renewal. It's always hard to winnow a best-of list from such a wealth of great music, but these titles managed to distinguish themselves amidst the crowded field of contenders. Talented saxophonists certainly predominated, as half the list highlights some of today's ...


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