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Tigran Hamasyan is nothing if not unpredictable! First, he perfected the art of the solo in An Ancient Observer, expanding his piano’s expressive register using electronic effects and vocal melismas. Then he went off on a tangent with his incredible album The Call Within, exploring sounds that fused progressive rock, jazz, metal, electronic and traditional Armenian music. Now he’s returned to his first love: jazz. This genius and flamboyant record has undeniably proved he’s among the small number of great contemporary pianists. Leading a trio that includes Matt Brewer on double bass and Justin Brown on the drums (the three of them have outstanding cohesion and collective imagination), Tigran Hamasyan provides us with his modern take on a series of carefully selected songs from the vast repertoire of classics. He’s not afraid to tackle legendary tracks like All The Things You Are, Laura or I Should Care. He even dives into bebop (Big Foot) and hard bop with the beautiful De-Dah by pianist Elmo Hope.


The pianist is joined on a few tracks by prestigious guests (Mark Turner, who offers a weightless, nostalgic take on All The Things You Are; Joshua Redman, who packs a punch in a beefed-up version of Charlie Parker’s huge hit Big Foot; Ambrose Akinmusire, who gives a particularly haunting and cinematic rendition of I Should Care). Hamasyan proposes a new angle of attack with each track, focussing on the form and construction of the compositions—it’s simply mesmerising. His trio’s interpretation of Rodgers & Hart’s classic I Didn’t Know What Time It Was is a great example of what this ensemble can do. The song starts in what you might describe as a ‘cubist mode’: cleverly deconstructed in the way it accentuates angles and contrasts whilst still remaining faithful to the melody. However, it gradually becomes fluid and poetic, with lyricism taking precedence over formality. An incredible jazz record. © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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1
De-Dah
00:04:15

Nate Wood, Masterer - Elmo Hope, Composer - Pete Min, Engineer & Mixer - Justin Brown, Drums - Tigran Hamasyan, Producer, Arranger, Editor, Piano, MainArtist - Trent Slatton, Assistant Mixer - Matt Brewer, Acoustic Bass

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

2
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
00:07:13

Nate Wood, Masterer - Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Composer - Pete Min, Engineer & Mixer - Justin Brown, Drums - Tigran Hamasyan, Producer, Arranger, Editor, Piano, MainArtist - Trent Slatton, Assistant Mixer - Matt Brewer, Acoustic Bass

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

3
All the Things You Are (feat. Mark Turner)
00:05:44

Nate Wood, Masterer - Jerome Kern, Composer - Oscar Hammerstein II , Composer - Pete Min, Engineer & Mixer - Mark Turner, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist - Tigran Hamasyan, Producer, Arranger, Editor, Piano, MainArtist - Trent Slatton, Assistant Mixer

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

4
Big Foot (feat. Joshua Redman)
00:07:30

Joshua Redman, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist - Nate Wood, Masterer - Charlie Parker, Composer - Pete Min, Engineer & Mixer - Justin Brown, Drums - Tigran Hamasyan, Producer, Arranger, Editor, Piano, MainArtist - Trent Slatton, Assistant Mixer - Matt Brewer, Acoustic Bass

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

5
When a Woman Loves a Man
00:04:40

Nate Wood, Masterer - Gordon Jenkins, Composer - Bernard Hanighen, Composer - John Mercer, Composer - Pete Min, Engineer & Mixer - Justin Brown, Drums - Tigran Hamasyan, Producer, Arranger, Editor, Piano, MainArtist - Trent Slatton, Assistant Mixer - Matt Brewer, Acoustic Bass

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

6
Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
00:05:45

Nate Wood, Masterer - Oscar Hammerstein II , Composer - Sigmund Romberg, Composer - Pete Min, Engineer & Mixer - Justin Brown, Drums - Tigran Hamasyan, Producer, Arranger, Editor, Piano, MainArtist - Trent Slatton, Assistant Mixer - Matt Brewer, Acoustic Bass

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

7
I Should Care (feat. Ambrose Akinmusire)
00:03:49

Nate Wood, Masterer - Sammy Cahn, Composer - Paul Weston, Composer - Pete Min, Engineer & Mixer - Alex Stordahl, Composer - Ambrose Akinmusire, FeaturedArtist, Featured Trumpet - Tigran Hamasyan, Producer, Arranger, Editor, Piano, MainArtist - Trent Slatton, Assistant Mixer

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

8
Invasion During an Operetta (feat. Ambrose Akinmusire)
00:02:25

Nate Wood, Masterer - Pete Min, Engineer & Mixer - Justin Brown, Composer, Drums - Ambrose Akinmusire, Composer, FeaturedArtist, Featured Trumpet - Tigran Hamasyan, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Editor, Piano, MainArtist - Trent Slatton, Assistant Mixer - Matt Brewer, Composer, Acoustic Bass

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

9
Laura
00:06:27

Nate Wood, Masterer - David Raksin, Composer - John Mercer, Composer - Pete Min, Engineer & Mixer - Justin Brown, Drums - Tigran Hamasyan, Producer, Arranger, Editor, Piano, MainArtist - Trent Slatton, Assistant Mixer - Matt Brewer, Acoustic Bass

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

Album Description

Tigran Hamasyan is nothing if not unpredictable! First, he perfected the art of the solo in An Ancient Observer, expanding his piano’s expressive register using electronic effects and vocal melismas. Then he went off on a tangent with his incredible album The Call Within, exploring sounds that fused progressive rock, jazz, metal, electronic and traditional Armenian music. Now he’s returned to his first love: jazz. This genius and flamboyant record has undeniably proved he’s among the small number of great contemporary pianists. Leading a trio that includes Matt Brewer on double bass and Justin Brown on the drums (the three of them have outstanding cohesion and collective imagination), Tigran Hamasyan provides us with his modern take on a series of carefully selected songs from the vast repertoire of classics. He’s not afraid to tackle legendary tracks like All The Things You Are, Laura or I Should Care. He even dives into bebop (Big Foot) and hard bop with the beautiful De-Dah by pianist Elmo Hope.


The pianist is joined on a few tracks by prestigious guests (Mark Turner, who offers a weightless, nostalgic take on All The Things You Are; Joshua Redman, who packs a punch in a beefed-up version of Charlie Parker’s huge hit Big Foot; Ambrose Akinmusire, who gives a particularly haunting and cinematic rendition of I Should Care). Hamasyan proposes a new angle of attack with each track, focussing on the form and construction of the compositions—it’s simply mesmerising. His trio’s interpretation of Rodgers & Hart’s classic I Didn’t Know What Time It Was is a great example of what this ensemble can do. The song starts in what you might describe as a ‘cubist mode’: cleverly deconstructed in the way it accentuates angles and contrasts whilst still remaining faithful to the melody. However, it gradually becomes fluid and poetic, with lyricism taking precedence over formality. An incredible jazz record. © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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