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Amina Figarova Sextet
November 1, 2019| $25.00
Amina Figarova Sextet
Friday, November 1
One dinner show with two – 45 minute sets and a brief intermission
Amina Figarova – piano, Bart Platteau – flutes, Alex Pope Norris – trumpet, Morgan Guerin – tenor sax, Phillip Norris – bass, Brian Richburg Jr. – drums.
Making her encore appearance in The Sequoia Room, Amina Figarova is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her band with her latest release: Amina Figarova – ROAD TO THE SUN.
“In 1998, having a blast playing with a big band made up of students from Thelonius Monk’s Institute of Jazz, outdoors, surrounded by the gorgeous mountains of Aspen Snow Mass, I was thinking how much I wanted to create a smaller band that would have the same power of a big band, but with so much more room in it for each musician to shine.
Little did I know this was the beginning of a beautiful journey, one that continues to this day, in which every concert, every recording is another beginning, another thrill, another joy.¨I conceived of the band as a septet 20 years ago, and later refined it to a sextet in 2005. And many of the most incredible musicians in the world have been a part of this band and of my band family. It is so much fun writing for them, trying out different directions, different unknowns; this continuous journey an exquisite adventure: enlightening, illuminating, beautiful, easy and challenging at the same time.” Amina
“…Road To The Sun competes with September Suite as Amina Figarova’s finest recording. Her incorporation of strings into her sound is brilliant. Those year-end polls that put the spotlight on Best Arrangers are usually reserved for writers of the larger ensembles. Figaravo, writing for her sextet plus three, should be given that consideration…” by Dan McClenaghan for All About Jazz
“…AMINA FIGAROVA/Road to the Sun: Celebrating 20 years in and showing no lack to her sense of wonder, this sprightly date mixes new age and jazz sensibilities without making a jazz/new age hyphenated release. The band is cooking, her leadership guides the way and her next decade is off to a smoking start. High octane, creative instrumental music runs the table here and runs it in fine form. A winner throughout…” by Chris Spector for www.midwestrecord.com
Great review by Yves Dorison for www.culturejazz.fr