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Composer and pianist Amina Figarova's 12th album, titled Twelve - her debut release on the renowned independent German label In + Out - celebrates jazz is an international music and New York City as a locale where jazz gypsies may feel most at home. Twelve is suffused with the heightened expectations, sense of adventure and fresh perceptions, as well as the confidence, creative energies ... Read more in Amazon's Amina Figarova Store

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: In & Out Records
  • ASIN: B007PSY1OG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Amina Figarova s 12th album celebrates a new chapter in her life a move to the states with compositions inspired by life in New York.

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.

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Among the most important composers to come into jazz in the new millennium. --JazzTimes

...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

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One would just love to hear Ms. Figarova in a big band context one day.
Zapatogrande
I noticed that everyone's favorite video web site has two videos showing the making of "Twelve."
vilebezonian
The musicians are fabulous,the music is complex and the show was wonderful.
Harry Hammond

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By vilebezonian on June 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Amina Figarova writes unexpected but lovely music. It is music for everyone.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zapatogrande on July 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The internationality of jazz is wonderfully represented here by Amina Figarova and her adroit capable European sextet - the rest of whose members hail from the Benelux Region of Europe. By way of introduction, Ms. Figarova originates from Baku, Azerbaijan, flautist Bart Platteau hails from Brussels Belgium, trumpeter/flugelhornist Ernie Hammes comes from Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg, tenor/soprano saxophonist Marc Mommaas arrives from Tegelen, Netherlands by way of New York City these days, bassist Jeroen Vierdag from Groningen, Netherlands and Chris "Buckshot" Strik from Breda Netherlands. Together, they make creative improvised music of the highest order that bears repeated listening as one will discover new textures and colors with each successive listen.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mharp on June 30, 2012
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Twelve would also be an appropriate number of stars for Ms Figarova's 12th CD album. Knowing her oeuvre, it is amazing how her music continues to grow and expand, while remaining true to her personal background and also, for some time now, to the sextet format which she has embraced as her main artistic vehicle. Amina's compositions and playing are fresh and captivating, and this album shows a new level of confidence and maturity, which no doubt has something to do with travelling around the world, and taking in as much as she can from all these experiences, transforming it into a worldly jazz that is not often heard. As with any great musician, she gives her outstanding crew plenty of room to breathe, and the combined extraordinary talents on this CD lift the album to lonely heights.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob In VA on June 25, 2012
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Amina Figarova and her band established some years ago that their versatility could bridge the global cultural divide in Jazz, where musical colloquialisms have divided even the Jazz communities within the USA (San Francisco sounds were distinct from New York, which were distinct from Memphis, and New Orleans, and so forth). But as their 2010 release of "Sketches" captured me as a listener, the new release "TWELVE" has made me a believer - that it was possible for one artist and composer to incorporate all of the World's sounds into a superb blend of melodic and rhythmic, mood-capturing compositions.
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.
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