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by Ludovico Granvassu
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 European Jazz Conference 2019: Italian Showcase Festival and Fringe Program Various venues Novara, Italy September 11-15, 2019 At a time when the ideals of unity and transnational solidarity that represented the founding values of modern-day Europe seem to be faltering under the pressure of a contagious strain of neo-know-nothing populism, events like the annual conference of the European Jazz Network (EJN) provide a tangible (and ...read more
by Maurice Hogue
Italian saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano's latest recording is really about love--not so much the romantic kind, but more about the love that jazz musicians and fans have for enduring compositions written by the likes of Charlie Haden, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Coltrane, Dewey Redman and Don Cherry. And let's not forget about creative music's love affair with the piano. That's on full display in this episode with several talented keyboardists from around the globe displaying their talents--England's Alexander Hawkins in ...read more