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Jochen Rueckert: With Best Intentions

Read "With Best Intentions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This stellar sixth album from Jochen Rueckert extends on some musical friendships while offering a fresh format and new palette. Having previously delivered his notable Introduction (Lipstick-Jazzline, 1998) some 25 years ago, greased the grooves on an appealing organ trio session with guests, and drawn notice with guitar-driven gusto on several quartet dates, this German-born, New York-based drummer-of-note now shifts focus and finds success with a chordless quintet.   After developing a renewed interest in more open-ended ...

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Michel Portal: MP85

Read "MP85" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Alla tenera età di ottantacinque anni, compiuti lo scorso novembre, Michel Portal è ancora in grado di stupire e incantare con le sue invenzioni musicali. Anche se, naturalmente, i suoi tour di concerti non sono più molto frequenti sulla scena internazionale, questo MP85 è eloquente nella conferma che il carattere, la vitalità creativa, la sostanza musicale dell'artista sono ancora in pieno fervore. Nel corso di una carriera che ormai supera i sessant'anni, Portal si è cimentato da protagonista in tutti ...

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Nils Wogram Nostalgia: Things We Like to Hear

Read "Things We Like to Hear" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Things We Like To Hear, trombonist Nils Wogram and his bassless trio Nostalgia explore a kind of Miles Davis cool to hot fusion. Wogram provides an expressive center to the outing, his playing running from bluesy drawls to punchy explosiveness while focused on the themes and range of rhythms found in the compositions. Nothing quite stretches the playing on the album as much as “Rich People In a Bad Mood." Wogram puts a bit of bite into ...

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Nils Wogram Root 70 with Strings: Riomar

Read "Riomar" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Venerable German trombonist Nils Wogram and his long-running Root 70 ensemble are known for cagey and divergent progressive jazz excursions. On Riomar he summons a three-piece strings section to integrate within the standard modern jazz format line of attack, as opposed to simply providing embellishments. One of many highlights is framed on alto saxophonist Hayden Chisholm's fluid notes and wistful tone. He projects a Paul Desmond-like West Coast “cool jazz" attribute, morphed with silky Charlie Parker-ish flurries. Moreover, Wogram leads ...

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Max Frankl: Home

Read "Home" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Liberare le cose dai fronzoli permette di arrivare più facilmente alla loro essenza. Allo stesso modo, tra i molti parametri che si possono considerare per individuare il fulcro di un progetto musicale, alcuni si possono tralasciare, altri bastano da soli a descriverne lo spirito. Max Frankl è un chitarrista, ma non è questo a colpirci quanto il fatto che sia soprattutto un compositore e un arrangiatore interessante. In Home, questo il titolo del suo ultimo disco, Frankl, che si avvale ...

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Lovedale: Green Sounds

Read "Green Sounds" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Continua l'epopea dei Lovedale, band danese fondata e guidata dal sassofonista Jesper Løvdal, che con Green Sounds taglia il traguardo del suo quarto album. Questa volta ci sono due grosse novità da registrare. La prima è che il bassista Jonas Westergaard ha abbandonato il gruppo e il suo posto è stato preso dal trombonista Nils Wogram che in passato figurava come “additional member" della band, senza però entrarne a farne parte in forma ufficiale. La seconda è che Green Sounds, ...

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Nils Wogram Septet: Complete Soul

Read "Complete Soul" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Trombonist and composer Nils Wogram is one of Germany's most imaginative and inventive musicians, a player with over 20 albums to his credit as leader or co-leader with a formidable ability to play across a broad spectrum of styles, from small group improvisation to big bands. He works regularly with his Septet, his Nostalgia Trio, and in duos with trombonist Connie Bauer and pianist Simon Nabatov--past collaborators include trumpeter Cuong Vu. Complete Soul is the Nils Wogram Septet's debut recording, ...


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