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George Lewis: The George Lewis Solo Trombone Record

Read "The George Lewis Solo Trombone Record" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Si può cominciare dalla fine. E dire che la versione di “Lush Life" di Strayhorn è una tra le più belle mai incise. Una carezza lirica, un vibrato felino, in cui Lewis omaggia la tradizione imprescindibile, dopo averla frantumata per tutta la durata di una seduta davvero storica. Solo Trombone Record, anno 1976, ha una forza d'urto che poche sessioni in solitaria nella storia del jazz hanno raggiunto. Lo strumento è sublime, ma anche improbo, trasuda gloria e swing, ma ...

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Joëlle Léandre - George Lewis: Transatlantic Visions

Read "Transatlantic Visions" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Si sono spesso incrociate le strade di Joëlle Léandre e George Lewis nel corso degli ultimi venticinque anni di storia dell'improvvisazione. Leggenda vuole che sia stato Lewis a suggerire alla Léandre di duettare con Derek Bailey [all'interno dei vari Company a partire dal 1982 e poi nel meraviglioso No Waiting, pubblicato dalla Potlach]. In seguito i due hanno militato nel quintetto di Irene Schweizer [ne resta traccia su The Storming of the Winter Palace, Intakt], suonato in trio con Barre ...

Music and the Creative Spirit

George Lewis: A Power Stronger Than Itself

Read "George Lewis: A Power Stronger Than Itself" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

As an improviser, educator and an explorer of musical expression, George Lewis has become one of the significant contributors towards the respect and recognition Jazz is finally receiving as one of America's most notable and distinguished cultural achievements. He recently published what I consider to be one of the most critical books on Jazz and African American culture. I also consider the AACM to be the most culturally important group of artists that ever came together in the history of ...

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George Lewis: Sequel (For Lester Bowie)

Read "Sequel (For Lester Bowie)" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Diciamo subito che questo è un disco importante e significativo, sia per la carriera artistica di George Lewis che per gli sviluppi della sperimentazione elettro-acustica. È stato registrato in studio e dal vivo nel 2004 (a Baden-Baden, nei giorni del New Jazz Meeting, a Rottenburg e Basilea) e vede il trombonista guidare un composito ottetto d'improvvisatori provenienti da vari ambiti espressivi: Jeff Parker alla chitarra elettrica (dal gruppo rock Tortoise); la moglie giapponese di Lewis, Miya Masaoka al koto; il ...

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George Lewis: Sequel (For Lester Bowie)

Read "Sequel (For Lester Bowie)" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

George Lewis' electronic excursions have looked good on paper for years. However, for whatever reason, they have seemed a hard nut for the trombonist to crack in performance--but 2006 has been a good year for him. In April he presented a piece for jazz sextet plus his own laptop as a part of the New York AACM series that showed a new, cinematic side to his computer-driven composing; and in June he played a gorgeous electroacoustic duo with trumpeter Bill ...

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George Lewis: Sequel (For Lester Bowie)

Read "Sequel (For Lester Bowie)" reviewed by Nic Jones

On this evidence of his artistic journey, George Lewis could almost be two people. On the one hand, he is one of the most compelling trombone players out there, while on the other, he also explores the interface of electro-acoustic music with exceptional rigour and intelligence.

Over half of the music captured on Sequel is made up of the title piece, and in a sense it defines precisely what Lewis is all about. The ebb and flow of the music, ...


George Lewis: AACM Veteran

Read "George Lewis: AACM Veteran" reviewed by Brian P. Lonergan

After a nearly twenty-year absence, trombonist George Lewis has recently returned to New York City to live and work as the Edwin H. Case Professor of Music at Columbia University. An active composer and improviser with a deep interest and vast experience in computer music, Lewis has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) for more than three decades and in 2002 was named a MacArthur Fellow. He is currently finishing a book on ...


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