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Armen Donelian: Sayat-Nova: Songs of My Ancestors

Through the years, pianist Armen Donelian has worked with figures as diverse as Lionel Hampton, Chet Baker, Mongo Santamaria, Sonny Rollins and Paquito D’Rivera, as well as the fusion group Cosmology. On this two-CD set, he pays tribute to the 18th-century Armenian poet and minstrel Harutyun Sayatyan, known as Sayat-Nova (“King of Songs”). Acclaimed as … Read More “Armen Donelian: Sayat-Nova: Songs of My Ancestors”

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Armen Donelian: Leapfrog

The title of Armen Donelian’s new recording invites some guesswork until you flip the CD jacket and find a short note from the veteran pianist-composer: “Leapfrog is a game with no winners or losers. Everyone is in it for the fun. I like this approach to life, and to music.” As do, apparently, his session … Read More “Armen Donelian: Leapfrog”

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