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Andrea Grossi Blend 3 + Jim Black: Axes

Read "Axes" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When Sonny Rollins recorded “A Night At The Village Vanguard" (Blue Note, 1957) and later toured Europe in 1959, he was frequently asked about performing without a pianist. His saxophone, bass, and drums lineup was unconventional at the time, but it gave him the added freedom to explore his creative powers. Similarly, bassist Andrea Grossi's trio, Blend 3, which includes alto saxophonist Manuel Caliumi and electric guitarist Michele Bonifati, has taken a similar approach. On their previous releases Lцbok (We ...

Live Review

Jazz&Wine of Peace 2023

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace 2023" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Jazz&Wine of Peace 2023 Cormons e altre località del Friuli e della Brda slovena Varie sedi 26-29.10.2023 Tagliato un importante traguardo con la splendida edizione celebrativa del venticinquennale, il Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormons ha ripreso il suo corso, che ne fa uno dei festival più interessanti della penisola, approntando un programma come sempre tanto estremamente vario, quanto ricco di personalità di spicco. Dopo un'anteprima andata in scena lunedì 23 ottobre al ...

Album Review

Jim & the Schrimps: Ain't No Saint

Read "Ain't No Saint" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although the group's name (and album title) sound like something one might associate with a second-rate bar band, there is nothing oafish or pedestrian about drummer Jim Black's latest outfit, a hard-hitting ensemble which channels the distinctive energies of Black and his well-chosen compatriots. With saxophonists Asger Nissen (alto) and Julius Gawlik (tenor) and bassist Felix Henkelhausen alongside him, Black brings his characteristic manic intensity and crafty songwriting to an album filled with interesting and engaging musical interactions.

Radio & Podcasts

Jim Black & The Schrimps, Juanma Trujillo & Pulverize The Sound

Read "Jim Black & The Schrimps, Juanma Trujillo & Pulverize The Sound" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

With Jim Black living in Berlin now, you would expect he'd get hooked into the German scene. His new quartet called The Schrimps features three very exciting young German players (Asger Nissen and Julius Gawlik saxophones and Felix Henkelhausen acoustic bass ). Black's new release Ain't No Saint presents the drummer at his quirky and unpredictable best. It's a great recording and the feature in this episode. Guitarist Juanma Trujillo's new Contour on Clean Feed is terrific too, as are ...

Album Review

Gordon Grdina: Boiling Point

Read "Boiling Point" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

For all its unstinting muscularity, feverish virtuosity and concentrated interplay, Canadian guitarist/oudist Gordon Grdina's first of two simultaneous summer releases, Boiling Point, could easily have been entitled Shock and Awe or Scorched Earth or perhaps even Ground Zero. Because as densely and wirily structured as these six Grdina comps are, Lower East Side piano legend Matt Mitchell and equally lauded drummer Jim Black bash away to the heart of matter, clearing the way for Grdina to crunch, skronk, and ruminate ...

Album Review

Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio: Boiling Point

Read "Boiling Point" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Even if Gordon Grdina does not release another album in 2022, the year should be considered as the time when it all came together for the Vancouver-based guitarist and oud-ist. Oddly Enough: The Music Of Tim Berne, Night's Quietest Hour and Pathways, all on Attaboygirl Records, were released in the first six month of 2022--a productive time. Add to that Boiling Point, the second outing by Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio. Grdina's artistry is hard to pin down. Free ...

Album Review

Paul Jarret: Ghost Songs

Read "Ghost Songs" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Non deve averci pensato più di tanto Paul Jarret quando, avendo vinto nel 2019 il Talent ADAMI Jazz, ha avuto l'opportunità di invitare un grande musicista di fama mondiale a collaborare nell'ambito del suo progetto Ghost Songs: la scelta è ricaduta su Jim Black, il batterista punto di riferimento del jazz d'avanguardia di New York che, con i suoi AlasNoAxis, ha decisamente influenzato Jarret nel dare forma a quel melodismo sperimentale diventato, nel corso degli ultimi anni, il marchio di ...


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