Tigran Hamasyan, StandArt, Nonesuch ****

Standards but not as you know them. This is pianist Tigran Hamasyan's first significant treatment of an album of American standards and you get a radically different inflection, sense of space and accentuation throughout. Recorded in Los Angeles …

Published: 29 Apr 2022. Updated: 22 months.

Standards but not as you know them. This is pianist Tigran Hamasyan's first significant treatment of an album of American standards and you get a radically different inflection, sense of space and accentuation throughout. Recorded in Los Angeles last year the set includes Richard Rodgers, Charlie Parker, Jerome Kern and David Raksin material plus a Tigran improvisation with bandmates bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Justin Brown and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Saxophonist Joshua Redman guests on Charlie Parker’s 'Big Foot' and fellow tenorist Mark Turner does likewise on Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s 'All the Things You Are.' Pick of the album is the spine tingling treatment of 'I Should Care' featuring Akinmusire and finding Tigran stealthy and mysterious in response to the walking-on-eggshells trumpet lines. Out today

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Published: 28 Apr 2022. Updated: 22 months.

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