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Friday, June 8, 2012

Amina Figarova

Twelve (In + Out)

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She was born in Azerbaijan but raised in Rotterdam—and that was a lucky thing for jazz musician Amina Figarova. Figarova was fortunate to grow up in a country where jazz is respected as an art form and the scene continues to thrive. Twelve gives no hint of her heritage near the rim of Asia, but is well stocked with the influence of Dutch jazz  in compositions carefully constructed from elements chosen from America's jazz tradition. A talented pianist, Figarova draws from the moody Gil Evans strain of orchestrated jazz, with a few nods to the rapid rhythms of bebop and the freer dynamics of the post-bop avant-garde.