MACHA GHARIBIAN – “Joy Ascension”

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(Meredith Records) 2020.
Jazz/modern jazz – FRANCE

These days, I had a special honour and pleasure to receive a latest album of the pianist, singer and composer Macha Gharibian. She isn’t a newer name on European jazz scene, so her work comes to serious jazz followers and critics in last few years.



“Joy Ascension”, as an album she has recorded with two following musicians  – Dré Pallemaerts who
was a drummer and Chris Jennings on double bass. It’s also important to mention 2 guests – Bert Joris on trumpet and Artyom Minasyan (doudouk).
Macha is performer and composer with original style, where we can find in her music elements of modern jazz idioms, unusual retro variants, and folk heritages as well. A special atmosphere is also a dominant detail in her and band’s performance, as same as way of vocalization, where emotions often knows to be a central motive in her narrative and suggestive interpretation. Armenian and middle east ethnic phrases are also here, presented  in some themes, as a sort of  additional special spice.




On her  actual album Macha has putted one well-known Paul Simon song – “50 Ways To leave Your Lover”, and her version, quite different from original, has given a new breath in mentioned classic.
“Joy Ascension” is an album with many brilliant places, enjoyable atmosphere and enough innovative details, who lead jazz as a genre to new horizons.