Groovy vibes

This piece gives me some associations to Joshua Redmans music. Groovy and refined, and the interaction between the musicians is impeccable. The jumpy, rapidly moving bass from start makes me wanna dance. Changing of beats gives the listeners some challenges, which is pleasant at least for somewhat advanced ears. Sounds like the musicians are having really fun midways through the piece. Nice job!
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Sal La Rocca

Sal La Rocca does not need my review. He is doing very good, even in comparison to the big musicians of modern jazz today and the early ones. This music is a very intense, well constructed and excellent performer. The overall sound is very good, reminding me of the great bebop musicians. In this piece, I can hardly say what level of quieter, and slow- lyrical they are able to perform, but with the high performance they showing up, I am sure they are certainly able with. I really would like to hear.
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Excelente música

Es un tema por demás interesante dentro de la corriente del Jazz. Realmente escuchar a estos instrumentistas y las variadas improvisaciones, de los diferentes solistas un placer, muy buenos climas adornan esta obra.
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Shifted Review

Excellent work. This song has a sassy uptempo flavorful rhythmic balance that s so lovely. I Love the zest in it and the excellent blend of instrumentation, the horn playing is urban contemporary and gives it that wide variation of deep vibes. I really enjoyed listening to this piece, I would have loved to enjoy it live. I'm sure it is smoking. Great job. Best wishes in your future music endeavors. TC
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SHIFTED - Review

It is definitely a Jazz piece. It starts off with a beat of a riff with a combination of the piano and saxophone and builds with a percussion with the bass rolling along in the background that continues throughout. It definitely has some moving vibes with bit of running character. That being said I would imagine an intense moment in a scene or a movie that would seem to keep you moving. Intense! Nicely done. All the best!
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That Jazz Funk

Nice jazz mix with some funk. Theres a jazz club i like to go to from time to time and i could definitely see people enjoying this. You composed this very well. Nice job. look forward to hearing more.

as perfect as my mind can handle

Thank you Sal La Rocca for asking me to review “Shifted”; a fine piece of music pushing the envelope of structure to another dimension. These are not random notes thrown into the air to see how they land; the instruments are connected at various levels, and some are easier to understand than others. Thelonious and Miles would have loved “Shifted”. Progressive Jazz takes a mastery of one’s instrument unknown to most humans, and I enjoyed the quality of the music and the mix. This music can take a lifetime to perfect, and absolute perfection can never be reached. Maybe that’s part of its appeal. Sal La Rocca has produced as perfect an example as my mind can handle, and I highly recommend “Shifted”.
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Very nice!

Wow the first thing I noticed was how well this was mixed. I could hear all the instruments clearly. There was a space for all of them to come in and be a part of the track! It kept the listener engaged. It might be nice to have maybe a soft bridge to calm the mind towards the end and then bring it back to a fast tempo. Just an idea.
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Creativity Abounds on this JAZZ train

I am loosely described as Jazz but actually I am just smooth jazz, easy listening. This is not the type of Jazz that I would normally choose to listen to. It is what I would describe as heavy, as in Heavy rock. However, the beginning grabbed my attention straight away and drew me into the a world with cleverly orchestrated waves of sound that all flowed so well together. I found myself on a train that kept moving and kept my interest right to the end. The sultry middle part with the horns is incredible and I wonder how it is even possible. I listened 3 times and each time I like it more. I am sure real Jazz enthusiasts will love this, it will give them everything they love about Jazz. It’s groovy full of twists and turns. I really enjoyed this and can appreciate the great musicianship at work here. CONGRATULATIONS. love from Rose
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anonymous...

Alors, je ne suis pas une experte mais il me semble que vous êtes un groupe de musiciens accomplis! C'est une composition très éclatée et dynamique . Elle est exécutée avec brio...je vous félicite pour votre excellent travail. J'aurais aimé y entendre un bref passage avec une sonorité plus lourde ou plus grave, question d'amener un contraste plus frappant.
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Sounds good..

This style is quite new to me, sounds good with backing of fast percussion, and guitar strings, melody is very unique with plenty of variations on notes and tempo, the mixing is good as well as the recording quality.Overall a good composition to be played in the background on busy floors.
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Tonalities of time

Dissonance, , a search for light, chaos, yet, holding on a tempo, a touch, a feeling, a dissonance of time and space being explored. Yet sort like life, a dance, kinetic dance, modern dancer on the move, over and over and over and over, , find a just place, ya, just place to resolve conflict, from my past , a dancer, musician knowing the chaotic life, a big breath, big one, relief, a sexy lady, sooth my soul, life giver, we need, yet we search for more, , then a chaotic balance, held on by the drum of the heart beat, ya, the drum of the heart beat and the soul of tempo blues, ya, great stuff
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my review of the song

I want to congratulate you !! the song Shifted have everything that a jazz song with excellent improvisation and solos, can have. Both the solo of Sax, the acoustic bass, the piano and the drums, have a virtuosity worth mentioning. the mixture is not very clear, and you lose a bit to enjoy it fully. It's an excellent job, congratulations !!
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A for Production and Performance !!! :-)

A for Production and Performance !!! :-) I simply can't say enough about my sincere LOVE and appreciation of and for the gorgeous Artform of improvisational jazz... The more OUT, the better PLEASE !!! lol :-D ( But True !) The Musical conversations are outstanding, everyone free forming their way through dynamics, colorings, and passion !!! Thank You So Much for sharing your wonderful and outstanding Jazz... :-)
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Great Out Playing

When you want to hear something different listen to this.When you need a break from yet another version of a Jazz standard. Sal La Rocca and his band delivers perfectly on this one.The Bass Playing is great and keeps the energy flow going,while the solo melody's interact with the accents of the drums.The Piano is very important here in a supporting roll and does exactly what it should do, giving chordal hints without being too busy .Over all great out playing style and the tune is just long enough to enjoy.
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  • Mon
    May 27
    9:30am

    Sounds Jazz Club⎜MASTER SESSION

    Belgium, Brussels, Rue de la tulipe, 28, 1050
    MASTER SESSION

    IGOR GEHENOT – piano
    SAL LA ROCCA – double bass
    MIMI VERDERAME – drums
    MASTER SESSION

    IGOR GEHENOT – piano
    SAL LA ROCCA – double bass
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  • Sat
    Jun 01
    9:30pm

    SOUNDS Jazz Club⎜MAAYAN SMITH 5TET

    Belgium, Brussels, Rue de la tulipe, 28, 1050
    Jerusalem native, Maayan Smith started his musical studies at the age of 9 and was quickly recognized as a talent to look out for. He found guidance and a mentor in prof. Gersh Geller at the Jerusale ... more
    Jerusalem native, Maayan Smith started his musical studies at the age of 9 and was quickly recognized as a talent to look out for. He found guidance and a mentor in prof. Gersh Geller at the Jerusalem Conservatory mastering the classical style of saxophone and winning numerous scholarships, awrards and competitions. He continued his studies with prof. Geller thorough high school and has recieved his Bachelor of music degree from the Jerusalem Music Academy for classical perfomance in 2006. Since 1998 Maayan has been a member of the Jerusalem Saxophone Quartet, exploring his interest in chamber music and ensemble playing. With the JSQ and the larger, 8 piece Jerusalem Saxophone Ensemble, Maayan recorded two CD's in 2004 & 2005, released in the Mishkenot Sha'ananim Music Center label. These invaluable years of experience playing classical and chamber music were always shadowed by Maayan's deep love and curiosity for Jazz music in all of it's forms and variations.

    In 2009 he followed through on this lifelong love of Jazz and improvised music. Building on his classical roots and technical command of the instrument he made the full transition and commitment to become a Jazz musician. Shortly after relocating to Belgium, he enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and completed a Master degree in jazz performance under the guidance of John Ruocco and Jeroen Van Herzeele.

    Since arriving on the Belgian scene, Maayan has steadily gained recognition by his peers and audience. Sharing the stage with the likes of Michel Hatzigeorgiou (AKA Moon), Jean-Paul Estievenart, Chander Sardjoe (Octurn) and The Jazz Station Big Band.

    In 2013 Maayan was named winner of the Toots Thielemans Jazz Award, awarded annually to the highest scoring Jazz student.

    Working full steam ahead in this new and exciting idiom, he hopes to pave his own path and find more ways and places to express his love for music, improvinsing and making people move.
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  • Sat
    Jun 08
    9:00pm

    Vertigo⎜RV CAPARROS / SAL LA ROCCA

    France, Arras, 12 rue de la Taillerie, 62000
    The guitarist Hervé Caparros, born in Corsica, is an eclectic musician who can move from improvised music to jazz fusion.
    The guitarist Hervé Caparros, born in Corsica, is an eclectic musician who can move from improvised music to jazz fusion. less
  • Fri
    Jun 14
    9:30am

    Sounds Jazz Club⎜WOLF IN THE WOOD

    Belgium, Brussels, Rue de la tulipe, 28, 1050
    With this "woody" quartet (piano, congas, bass and flutes) pianist Anne Wolf returns to her love for jazz and South American rhythms.

    Returning to the sources of her inspiration, she revisits stand ... more
    With this "woody" quartet (piano, congas, bass and flutes) pianist Anne Wolf returns to her love for jazz and South American rhythms.

    Returning to the sources of her inspiration, she revisits standards with a touch of bossa nova, samba, mambo, bolero, gospel or swing.
    Her repertoire deliberately abandons personal compositions and approaches freer structures through carefully selected pieces from the domains of Stevie Wonder, A.C. Jobim, Michel Petrucciani, Wayne Shorter, Charles Loos and Steve Swallow.
    Surrounded by marvelous soloists, the quartet of Anne offers a particular, warm and groovy sound, festive one could almost say!


    CD "Live at Jazz Station" released in 2016 on the Mogno label

    Piano: Anne Wolf
    Flutes: Stefan Bracaval
    Double bass : Sal La Rocca
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