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Patrick Hanudel
American Record Guide, July 2016

The recital is well done and enjoyable. All the performers boast the virtuosic technique and sincere phrasing that the scores require, and they tackle each one with confidence and zest. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2016

This is music that takes on traditional Spanish, eastern and mainstream jazz tonalities and runs with them in a specially personal way. There is a kind of joyous demeanor to most of this music that one does not often counter today. If you set aside expectations and let the music have its way you are in for a very accessible musical ride that takes no shortcuts on musical substance and yet speaks with a straightforwardly infectious enthusiasm and tonal elegance. This is not meant to be cutting edge new music, but it succeeds via a kind of natural contemporary way, with a knack for vivid melodic songlike strains and lively rhythms.

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David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2016

A touring musician through much of his life, the music of the Spanish-born, Pedro Iturralde, has hardly ever surfaced on disc, his output chaotic in different versions. Born in 1929, he was originally taught the saxophone by his father, but went on to a Conservatoire education, where he became accepted as an outstanding student. He ‘dabbled’ in composing, but this one disc contains all of his music for saxophone and piano. It is released as part of Naxos’s Spanish Classics, but that title will confuse, as this is largely music from the world of folk or jazz, and you could well imagine the opening track, Hungarian Dance, being played in some smoke-filled night-spot of dubious character. A visit to Greece sparked an interest in Greek traditional music that shapes and colours the five melodies that form Suite Helenica. Tribute to Trane and Miniatura Impromptu come straight from a late-night jazz club as the performers enjoy themselves improvising before going home, the disc edging into the ‘classics’ with Zorongo Gitano, and in a piece for piano, Balada Galaica, the release wrapped up with Orchestral Czardas. As a performer Iturralde was a great virtuoso of the instrument over a long career, and this disc offers a brilliant exponent in the Spanish-born Juan Jimenez. His education and career finds him on both sides of the divide that separates popular and classical music, and he has, from the world of the ‘classics’, the outstanding pianist, Esteban Ocaña—who is often called upon for some very nimble fingers—and a saxophone colleague, Claude Delangle, in the Hungarian Dance. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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