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Olivia Trummer: Fly Now

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Singer or pianist? Actually, both hats fit Stuttgart-born Olivia Trummer pretty snugly, as evidenced by her splendid opening slot for Charles Lloyd in Dublin's National Concert Hall in November--alongside bassist David Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady--and her subsequent sell-out show at the EFG London Jazz Festival. Trummer possess a soulful voice of pristine quality and displays a feathery, understated lyricism on the keys; both assets are finely tuned and beautifully balanced on this, her fifth recording as leader. As a singer and lyricist Trummer is something of a late bloomer. A classically trained pianist and a jazz piano ...

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Engines Orchestra + Phil Meadows Group: Lifecycles

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Jazz musicians live in straightened financial times, or so they would have us believe. So how does Phil Meadows, a young composer and saxophonist from the UK, manage to pull together the wads of cash required to write and record a set of ambitious compositions for jazz group and orchestra in a project that involves 26 musicians? Neither bank robbery or international cyber fraud were necessary, thanks to the support of Help Musicians UK, Arts Council England and the Whittingham family which awarded Meadows the 2013 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. The award recognised Meadows' potential as a musician and composer--a ...

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Music Unlimited Festival 2014

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Music Unlimited Festival Wels, Austria November 7-9, 2014 Nothing about the appearance of the town Wels, in western Austria, suggests that this sleepy old commune located in the middle of a vast agricultural area is a Mecca for adventurous music aficionados. Every year, hundreds of people habitually gather from all over Europe to visit Wels' annual Unlimited music festival. This cosmopolitan tribe of like- minded people don't care much about conventional definitions of genre or style, as as long as the music is performed with total commitment, uncompromising intensity and healthy doses of ...

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BvR Flamenco Big Band: Jaleo Holandes

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How did a jazz musician based in The Netherlands become so immersed in flamenco, a form of folk music and dance from Spain's Andalusia region? The answer becomes self-evident when one reads in Bernard van Rossum's bio that he was born and raised in Spain by an English mother and Dutch father. Flamenco has thus been an integral part of van Rossum's musical awareness since he was old enough to appreciate what music is, a fact that becomes readily apparent on his inaugural big-band CD, Jaleo Holandes, in which the traditional rhythms and harmonies of flamenco are skillfully blended with ...

JAZZIN' AROUND EUROPE

Festival Jazz International Promotes Rotterdam Renaissance

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After an excellent full day program centered by national talent at Rotterdam's Festival Jazz International, two strong impressions rang very clear. The first was that considering current performers, experimentation and ongoing tradition, the Netherlands is obviously one of the per capita international leaders regarding the size and scope of a national jazz scene. Also, it was apparent that Rotterdam is consistently growing out of Amsterdam's huge shadow as a global tourist destination in its own right, enjoying numerous infrastructure improvements and innovations throughout the laid-back industrial port. Like the city, Jazz International Rotterdam continues ...

CATCHING UP WITH

Mark Turner and Avishai Cohen: Harmony Without Chords

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Saxophonist Mark Turner and trumpet player Avishai Cohen have been playing together since 2010. Both are accomplished jazzmen and representatives of the avant-garde scene. They shared a stage as part of the San Francisco Jazz Collective and also in Turner's quartet, including bassist Joe Martin and Marcus Gilmore on drums. After thirteen years, Turner finally launched an album as a leader, Lathe of Heaven (ECM, 2014). The pair visited Valencia, Spain and took time to speak with All About Jazz before their sound check at Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar, which celebrated the International Jazz Festival IV last November. ...

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Tarbaby: Fanon

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For their fourth album, the collective trio Tarbaby maintain their simultaneously tradition orientated but forward looking aesthetic. At the heart remains the piano of Orrin Evans, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits. But from the start they have been open to change. As a consequence only one of their releases features the three principals alone. And Fanon continues that pattern with the inclusion of special guests saxophonist Oliver Lake, (who has a history of collaboration with the band) and guitarist Marc Ducret for an absorbing 11 track studio program recorded in September 2011. Tarbaby received a ...



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