Sri Hanuraga -- known as Aga -- is a young piano player from Indonesia whose new CD "To the Universe" (deMajors Records) is influenced by Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, yet it's Brad Mehldau who Aga apes on this self-produced quartet recording of piano/bass/drums/flute.
Meet Vasil Hadzimanov, the son of a famous Macedonian singer (Zafir Hadzimanov) and a famous Croatian singer (Senka Veletanlic). Vasil vacillates between electric keyboards and acoustic piano. Going into the family fame business, he's been a successful Serbian composer and bandleader for the last 15 years with six CDs to his credit. Now, with American saxophonist David Binney, he's never been more 'Alive' (MoonJune Records).
For those who like their meals overflowing with flavor, spices, sumptuous mounds of mashed and smashed morsels all congealing to create a scientific gumbo of taste like never before, this Italian septet from Naples called Slivovitz must have gorged itself on Frank Zappa records before recording 'All You Can Eat' (MoonJune Records).