JULIAN SHORE, FILAMENTS



The sophomore album from the 24-year old pianist, Julian Shore, is a delight for a couple of reasons. It’s an album of modern jazz songs that anybody can listen and relate to, the result of the collaboration between singer and lyricist Alexa Barchini and Shore, who wrote all the music and gives the tunes shape and purpose. A fluid player with a sure touch and modernist appeal, Shore has played with singer Gretchen Parlato, guitarists Gilad Hekselman, drummer Kendrick Scott and saxophonist Noah Preminger – in other words, all the bright and notable players on the NY jazz scene. The other reason “Filaments” (Tone Rogue) stands out is the contribution from guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel who plays on three outstanding tracks, giving heft to Shore’s compositions by adding an ethereal luster and sonic texture. Apart from the trio-based “I Will If You Will” and the trio plus Preminger ballad, the lush and very beautiful “Venus,” “Give” is likely the album’s strongest tune, made great by its solid melodic theme, nicely arranged horns, a deft backbeat by Tommy Crane and Rosenwinkel’s boss solo. Barchini and Shelly Tzarafi, two singers who share a harmonious capacity for emotional directness, provide the vocal duties. Words are whispered and sometimes cooed, and out of that breathy mix comes Shore’s precise, naturalistic phrasing. His solos are clean and graceful and he gives his band (bassist Phil Donin also stands out) generous room that encourages sparkling interplay. A good effort all around – Shore is definitely one to watch. (10 tracks; 55:42 minutes) www.julianshore.com 

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JAZZ IN SPACE: JULIAN SHORE, FILAMENTS

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

JULIAN SHORE, FILAMENTS



The sophomore album from the 24-year old pianist, Julian Shore, is a delight for a couple of reasons. It’s an album of modern jazz songs that anybody can listen and relate to, the result of the collaboration between singer and lyricist Alexa Barchini and Shore, who wrote all the music and gives the tunes shape and purpose. A fluid player with a sure touch and modernist appeal, Shore has played with singer Gretchen Parlato, guitarists Gilad Hekselman, drummer Kendrick Scott and saxophonist Noah Preminger – in other words, all the bright and notable players on the NY jazz scene. The other reason “Filaments” (Tone Rogue) stands out is the contribution from guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel who plays on three outstanding tracks, giving heft to Shore’s compositions by adding an ethereal luster and sonic texture. Apart from the trio-based “I Will If You Will” and the trio plus Preminger ballad, the lush and very beautiful “Venus,” “Give” is likely the album’s strongest tune, made great by its solid melodic theme, nicely arranged horns, a deft backbeat by Tommy Crane and Rosenwinkel’s boss solo. Barchini and Shelly Tzarafi, two singers who share a harmonious capacity for emotional directness, provide the vocal duties. Words are whispered and sometimes cooed, and out of that breathy mix comes Shore’s precise, naturalistic phrasing. His solos are clean and graceful and he gives his band (bassist Phil Donin also stands out) generous room that encourages sparkling interplay. A good effort all around – Shore is definitely one to watch. (10 tracks; 55:42 minutes) www.julianshore.com 

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