ARMEN DONELIAN - Quartet Language
[Playscape Recordings,
www.playscape-recordings.com]

Is originality important in music? Bar none, I would put my foot down and scream yes! With that said, pianist Armen Donelian may not be overtly original, but he's nonetheless searching for his own sound, his own path. On this release, his playing is poignant, gentle and moreover, very gentle. That's not too say that it's not full of lyricism. It does have a certain Bill Evans quality to it, which is a very good thing. The real treat on this 1992 date, appears in the form of alto player [the late] Thomas Chapin. His strong blowing overpowers everyone in sight. The lines he produces are robust, leaving nothing to the imagination. This is not to say that his playing is lacking in any sort of lyricism. Far from it. However, it's the energy and the passion that always takes center stage for Chapin. The parts [in this case Chapin] are greater than the sum. Overall, maybe this is not a brilliant record, but a strong effort. Perhaps not the most striking or innovating pianist that I'd heard in the last little while, nonetheless, Armen Donelian is someone to watch out for.

Tom Sekowski


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+ Peter Brötzmann Clarinet Project - Berlin Djungle
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+ Eivind Aarset - Connected
+ AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark - Hidden in the Stomach; School Days - In Our Times
+ Jeb Bishop Trio/Quartet - Afternoons; Thread Quintet - Long Lines; Kevin Davis/ Dave Remis - Duets
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+ Juan Atkins - Berlin Sessions

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+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Tempo Technik Teamwork; VARIOUS ARTISTS - Intransitive Twenty-Three
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+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Great "Live" Jazz
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+ CECIL TAYLOR UNIT - One Too Many Salty Swift And Not Goodbye
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+ EARL HOWARD - Strong Force
+ SONIC LIBERATION FRONT - Ashe A Go-Go
+ HENRY GRIMES TRIO - Live at The Kerava Jazz Festival
+ DAVE BURRELL FULL BLOWN TRIO - Expansion
+ ERIK FRIEDLANDER - Quake
>> ARMEN DONELIAN - Quartet Language
+ SCOT RAY QUINTET - Active Vapor Recovery
+ CHRISTOF KURZMANN - The Air Between
+ Poire_z + Phil Minton - ________q
+ FOURinONE - #40 Vienna & # 41 Bernbeuren

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+ Music Is My Religion - John Tejada
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