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  • Summary: The second full-length release for Canadian experimental jazz saxophonist was inspired by his mother's struggles with Parkinson’s disease.
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  1. Uncut
    Nov 19, 2018
    80
    Shabason again blurs genre boundaries with impeccable judgement and such understatedly emotional approach that the tag "ambient jazz" sounds like a slight. [Jan 2019, p.25]
  2. Nov 19, 2018
    80
    As Shabason bends, stretches, and warps instrumentation, field recordings and interview clips alike, he's working in neo-expressionist portraiture, mining the ambiguities of the abstractions to beautiful, evocative effect.
  3. Nov 30, 2018
    78
    The generational chasm between parents and children can feel deep and dark, but Anne, both the album and the person, builds a bridge with light and tremendous empathy.
  4. Jan 3, 2019
    78
    Taking inspiration from our deep-rooted human imperfections, Anne is at once intimate and universal, honest and hopeful.
  5. Nov 19, 2018
    75
    It's equally beautiful and heartbreaking, a kind of gentle sadness pulsing through it. Anne doesn't dwell in sadness though, instead, it presents a touching and honest glimpse of some of the more unfair struggles we often face that leaves us searching for hope and, more importantly, answers, but it does so in a tasteful and dignified way.
  6. Mojo
    Nov 19, 2018
    60
    It's Shabason's sax that endures; pensive and humane, even when assailed by glitches. [Dec 2018, p.92]