Dopolarians, André Matos, and Johnny Gandelsmen

Artist: Dopolarians

Title: The Bond

Label: Mahakala Music

Release Date: 4/2/21

Personnel: William Parker – bass; Brian Blade – drums; Kelley Hurt – vocals; Chad Fowler – alto sax; Christopher Parker – piano; Marc Franklin – trumpet

Impression: This powerhouse ensemble has unleashed an absolute supernova on which we have been invited on a stirring escapade across the universe.

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ArtistAndré Matos

Title: Casa

Label: Robalo Music

Release Date: 4/2/21

Personnel: André Matos – electric guitar

Impression: The fourth installment of the solo guitar series from Matos continues his welcomed tradition of providing a fitting atmosphere in which to ruminate inner truths, not surprising as it was inspired by the writings of Jorge de Sena, Stefan Zweig, W.G. Sebald, and Julio Cortazar.

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ArtistJohnny Gandelsmen (producer) w/ David Cieri

Title: Hemingway, A Film By Ken Burns And Lynn Novick Original Music From The PBS Documentary

Label: In A Circle Records

Release Date: 3/26/21

Personnel: Shanir Blumenkranz – bass (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8) & oud (track 7); David Cieri – piano (tracks 3 & 6), urdu (track 6); Jeremy De Jesus – alto flute (tracks 4 & 5); Johnny Gandelsman – violin (tracks 2, 5, 8); Mathias Kunzli – percussion (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7); Michael Nicolas – cello (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7); Gyan Riley – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7-9)
Composers: Shanir Blumenkranz (track 7); David Cieri (tracks 3 & 6); Jeremy De Jesus (track 4); Gonzalo Grau (track 5); Mathias Kunzli (track 4); Michael Nicolas (track 4); Gyan Riley (tracks 1, 4, 9); Lev Ljova Zhurbin (tracks 2 & 8)

Impression: The music here is earthy, vivacious, and unpretentious with no small degree of melancholy, deeming it a suitable backdrop to a telling of the life of Hemingway.

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