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Hamasyan, Tigran / Red Hail
Album:Red Hail Collection:Jazz
Artist:Hamasyan, Tigran Added:06/2009
Label:Plus Loin Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-07-05 Pull Date:2009-09-06 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:6 Sep30 Aug23 Aug2 Aug26 Jul12 Jul

 Recent Airplay
1.Sep 27, 2022:No Cover, No Minimum (rebroadcast from Aug 31, 2017)
Shogher Jan (Dear Shogher)
4.Apr 21, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
2.Jul 13, 2021:No Cover, No Minimum (rebroadcast from Mar 2, 2012)
5.Oct 20, 2016:No Cover, No Minimum
3.Aug 31, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
Shogher Jan (Dear Shogher)
6.May 05, 2015:In Your Ear Radio
Part 1: Serpentine

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-07-02 
Plus Loin, 2009

MODERN JAZZ/FUSION – Dynamic, hard-hitting 3rd CD by this young Armenian piano phenom, with a band that draws heavily on the folk music of his homeland (with lovely vocals by Areni Agbabian) but comes on strong with solid jolts of rock energy. Hamasyan has a spiky, pointillist piano style like soft raindrops… or a thrashing hailstorm.

* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8

1. 9:04 – speedy piano squalls alternate with lilting vocal, soprano sax break
2. 3:11 – insistent rock riffing over high droning voice/keys; very repetitive
3. 3:17 – uptempo undulation, exotic melody, then hard guitar riff takes over
4. 5:49 – gentle and pretty, wordless vocal: sinuous melody, firm interludes
5. 4:51 – infectious: fast, jittery rhythm jostles against a floating melodic line
6. 8:24 – midtempo: lyrical but steely, a mélange of sounds but deadly serious
7. 1:53 – brief lyrical intro, then metallish guitar and smashing rhythm
8. 9:20 – mechanized “futuristic” fusion feel: rises slowly, then roams broadly
9. 5:43 – cont’d from #8: dreamlike, soft & atmospheric, then full of anxiety
10. 5:42 – melancholy folk ballad, just voice and piano
11. 6:09 – jazz/rock fusion, alternately blaring and calm, guitar solo dominates
12. 2:43 – traditional folk song, a cappella, quite nice, just a touch of sadness

[ Fo ] 07/02/09

Track Listing
1.Shogher Jan (Dear Shogher) 7.Corrupt
2.Red Hail (Of Pomegranate Seeds) 8.Part 1: Serpentine
3.The Glass-Hearted Queen 9.Part 2: Moneypulated
4.Love Song 10.Chinar Es (You Are As Tall As A Plane Tree)
5.Falling 11.The Awakening Of Mher (Mithra)
6.Sibylla 12.Amran Gisher (Summer Night)