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Amina Figarova

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Amina Figarova is a serious pianist (she's recorded the works of Rachmaninov and Scriabin) and an equally serious jazz composer. When she writes for a small ensemble, a sextet on this album, the results tend to sound like a big band, which tells you something about her skills. Her work also tends to be somewhat programmatic, and that's especially true on Sketches. Tunes like "Train to Rotterdam" (with its lovely sideways chord progression and bustling rhythm), the impressionistic "Back in New Orleans," and the even more impressionistic title tune all seem designed to evoke visual images. Elsewhere, she dabbles in angular bebop (the excellent "Unacceptable"), Latin jazz ("Look at That"), and a cheerfully strutting brand of swing ("WHOTSOT") that seems to bring out her best as both a writer and a pianist. When she shoots for contemplative beauty she sometimes hits it square: "Four Steps to…" opens the album on a note of simple, straightforward melodic loveliness, and "Flight No. 6" is built on a gorgeously light and lilting melody (played brilliantly by flutist Bart Platteau). But sometimes her panoramic impulse gives way to aimless noodling: "Your Room" and "Sketches" are both quite pretty, but seem like they want to get up and move somewhere but can't quite get up the gumption. Overall, this is another very impressive album from one of modern jazz's most impressive bandleaders.


Genre: Jazz

Jaren actief: '90s, '00s

Amina Figarova was born in 1966 in a most unlikely place for a jazz musician, Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan on the Russian side of the Iron Curtain. Her parents encouraged her at the tender age of two years old to pursue playing the piano. As a classically trained musician, Figarova was influenced by such usual masters as Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergey Rachmaninov, and Claude Debussy, and played scores of Alexander Scriabin. But her mother and father loved jazz, and she was fortunate to be...
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Sketches, Amina Figarova
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  • € 9,99
  • Genres: Jazz, Muziek, Rock
  • Releasedatum: 05-12-2010


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