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One of the most successful international bands in the US, which has played the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, and many more. Featuring new original compositions infused with grace and warmth, Amina s music is rooted in the progressive mainstream styles of post beboppers including Miles Davis, Horace Silver, and Herbie Hancock.
...Many of the strongest composer-arranger-orchestra leaders in jazz are women. Think Toshiko Akiyoshi, Carla Bley, Maria Schneider. Amina Figarova has a chance to join their company. All she needs is an orchestra. Figarova's compositions for small ensemble have been brilliant since at least 2005, when she released September Suite, still the deepest, most powerful jazz response to the events of 9/11... by Thomas Conrad for --Stereophile Magazine
Amina Figarova boasts a graceful and erudite piano style, but her second instrument is her band … a first rate jazz pianist. --All About Jazz
Top Customer Reviews
Compositions like those on "Twelve" leave me just slightly off-guard. I anticipate something, but then her tunes leave me with something else, something surprising, but something accessible and pleasing that transports me to somewhere new.
I know that sounds vague. Some tunes are very percussive, some swing quite hard and others are very pensive. They all hit the mark. It is impossible to single out members of the band for special mention. I think they have been playing together for years and that cohesion shows.
I noticed that everyone's favorite video web site has two videos showing the making of "Twelve." It's fantastic to see these musicians at work.
What makes Figarova's music so attractive and appealing to my ears is her varied, rich, at times angular melodies which reveals a diversity of influences. Going hand in hand with that, are her arrangements for the sextet that is charged with building upon the springboard foundation of her tunes. It almost seems as it would be impossible to separate the songs from her arrangements which are tailored to fit this close knit group. Her latest release - "Twelve" - continues in this tradition with very intriguing melodies and harmonies on the tunes, all of which she wrote for this album. The tunes are varied in shape, tone, feel, style, tempo, meter and rhythms incorporating ballads as well as Latin elements and even sections sans rhythm in addition to some bright 4/4 swingers here and there. Not to be overlooked by any means, even though she does not solo one every tune, are her piano chops and melodic conception, which make her improvised solos sound through composed.Read more ›
If you have not heard Amina Figarova, then do yourself a favor, and buy "TWELVE".
This group has captured America's listeners like few Jazz sounds have in decades.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great jazz, nice price and super fast shipping would recommend, in fact I do recommend this product to anyone that likes jazz. Fine set, great musicians and a superb recordingPublished on January 11, 2014 by Frank C. Walton
I saw Amina at Blues Alley right after I got the CD. The musicians are fabulous,the music is complex and the show was wonderful.If you like her compositions you are in for a treat. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Harry Hammond