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Jazz - Released September 4, 2015 | ECM

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2010 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Qobuz Standard
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Jazz - Released August 28, 2020 | Nonesuch

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The Call Within is pianist Tigran Hamasyan's fourth Nonesuch long-player, the follow-up to 2017's acclaimed solo outing An Ancient Observer. Performed with electric bassist Evan Marien and drummer Arthur Hnatek, the set's title conjures images of introspection, but that's a wide-ranging notion in the pianist's psychogeography. For him, this is a journey into his dreamlike inner world, where lifelong interests in maps from different eras, poetry, Armenian folk stories, astrology, geometry, ancient Armenian design, rock carvings, and cinematography all share inner terrain in an astonishing exploration of sound and composition. Unlike its predecessor, The Call Within is far from gentle meditations, though it too is profoundly spiritual. Hamasyan calls this music "electro-acoustic Armenian rock," and he's not far off, but he's as subject to its diverse musical forces as the listener. Opener "Levitation 21" commences with a gently repetitive chord pattern adorned by triple-time drumming and pulsing bass. The pianist counters with a knotty, syncopated head, and sings in droning wordless tones while sprinting across the upper register. "Our Film" features guest vocalist Areni Agbabian and cellist Artyum Manukyan (both longtime collaborators). It resembles an opening-credits theme, moving through episodic themes and motifs. Hamasyan grafts on loops, synths, and electronic drums, coloring the proceeding with warmth and humor for all the pyrotechnics. "Ara Resurrected" is its mirror image. Commencing with rolling synths and rim shots, Hamasyan then stridently engages progressive jazz with his grand piano in scalar improvisation in a dazzling sprint with the rhythm section. "Space of Your Existence" careens across time signatures and chromatic extensions as post-bop collides with prog. Hnatek signals each sea change with furious rim shots and clattering breaks. "Old Maps" is dreamlike thanks to the Varduhi Art School Children's Choir. The simple arrangement of this folksy composition is rendered transcendent by their presence. "Vortex" features guitar hero Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders) in a commanding fusion of djent-like prog metal to syncopated yet interlocking grooves that recalls U.K. with Allan Holdsworth. "37 Newlyweds" is as a tenderly conceived processional that draws on Armenian sacred music with moody, minor-key lyricism and modal interrogations. Hamasyan's chanted, multi-tracked vocals suggest the influence of Komitas, adorned by shimmering synths and delicate piano loops, and underscored unintrusively by the bassist and drummer. "New Maps" closes with staggered rhythms, cascading electronics, and resonant piano. The latter instrument riffs on the chord changes, adding dimension to the already incendiary dynamic. Hamasyan has made a record for the ages with The Call Within. It registers among his most musically sophisticated and expansive yet never forsakes listenability. Herbie Hancock once stated that Hamasyan was now his teacher. Evidenced by what is on display here, he wasn't engaging in hyperbole. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Jazz - Released September 2, 2016 | ECM

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Jazz - Released February 16, 2018 | Nonesuch

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The five tracks here come hot on the heels of An Ancient Observer; and in a sense they are a companion to the album. For Tigran, all these pieces - on the album and on the EP - are musical observations of the world in which we live and the weight of history that we all bear. The Gyumri of the title is the Armenian pianist's home town. He was born there in 1987 before his family moved to Los Angeles in 2003. Now based in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, he has touched the sublime by returning to fundamentals. A jazz player with wide-ranging skills, his atypical jazz is highly narrative, because it is stripped bare of any artifice. And as ever in such a context, his improvisations are suffused with poetry, and his piano speaks a marvellous language which is his and his alone. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released February 13, 2017 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released January 23, 2015 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released January 23, 2015 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released September 2, 2016 | ECM

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2011 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2013 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Jazz - Released May 28, 2020 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released March 24, 2017 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released February 16, 2018 | Nonesuch

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The five tracks here come hot on the heels of An Ancient Observer; and in a sense they are a companion to the album. For Tigran, all these pieces - on the album and on the EP - are musical observations of the world in which we live and the weight of history that we all bear. The Gyumri of the title is the Armenian pianist's home town. He was born there in 1987 before his family moved to Los Angeles in 2003. Now based in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, he has touched the sublime by returning to fundamentals. A jazz player with wide-ranging skills, his atypical jazz is highly narrative, because it is stripped bare of any artifice. And as ever in such a context, his improvisations are suffused with poetry, and his piano speaks a marvellous language which is his and his alone. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released January 10, 2018 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released July 13, 2020 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released December 15, 2016 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released February 23, 2017 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released December 9, 2014 | Nonesuch