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“Since graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 2004, German-born pianist Axel Schwintzer has kept busy teaching, playing throughout New England, performing at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and playing various venues in the New York City area since relocating there in 2007. Axel's Axiom may not be familiar to most jazz audiences, but is Schwintzer's second group [...] Schwintzer crafts challenging and innovative music [...] Uncommon Sense features a selection of swinging, up-tempo tunes, as well as a few casual ballads on a ten-piece canvas of stylistically varied original compositions that meld pop and funk-influence grooves with samba elements. "Pretty Ugly" even incorporates a feisty blues shuffle from guitarist Casper Gyldensoe, after a particularly strong introduction from drummer Marko Djordjevic, adding blues to the set's varied mix of genres. ”