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Bassist/composer/pianist George Hoar’s latest album, Oracle, features some beautiful and haunting compositions and an A-list of musicians. The album begins with a striking polyphonic solo bass suite that was composed in a classical style, yet it evolves into an improvisational performance, showing the two sides of George Hoar.
Prove That! is Walter Fischbacher’s seventh release as a leader, and it is full of a diverse array of wonderful moments. The New York based keyboardist and producer moved here from Austria in 1994, although he has continued to tour Europe ever since.
“In January, February and March of 1960, I was privileged to work with John Coltrane at the Jazz Gallery in New York City. I will always cherish those eight weeks. This music reflects my deep respect for him,” writes Steve Kuhn. From the very first notes he plays on the opener, “Welcome,” you can feel the eulogistic spirit in his touch.
Recorded between 2003 and 2004, British/Nigerian bassist Michael Olatuja is finally releasing his debut album, Speak. When you hear this album, you’ll immediately think, “Why the wait?!” Olatuja’s groove is miles and miles deep. He could play two notes and it could hit you deeper than some others players can do over the course of a whole album. I guess a great groove is something you either have or don’t, and if groove were water, you’d have to go to his concerts with scuba gear.