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Sylvie Courvoisier, Christian Lillinger, OM and More

Read "Sylvie Courvoisier, Christian Lillinger, OM and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The international scene continues to demonstrate there's quality music everywhere. Included in this episode new releases by German drummer Christian Lillinger, Belgian drummer Antoine Pierre's Urbex, South Korean drummer SooJin Suh, English pianist Rick Simpson, Argentinean drummer Axel Filip, and the reborn Swiss 70s and 80s powerhouse, OM. From this side of the pond, new works from trombone ace Jeb Bishop, supergroup Analog Players Society, the Telepathic Band and the Sylvie Courvoisier Trio with another astonishingly wonderful album, Free Hoops, ...

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Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: Free Hoops

Read "Free Hoops" reviewed by Troy Dostert


With her idiosyncratic mixture of mystery and mirth, and a seamless conjoining of jazz and classical musical vocabularies, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has carved an enviable niche for herself. She not only possesses impeccable technique, but her voice as a composer is just as formidable, whether in partnerships with fellow mavericks like Mary Halvorson, Evan Parker, or Mark Feldman, or in her blue-chip trio with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Their D'Agala (Intakt) was a widely hailed highlight of ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman: Time Gone Out

Read "Time Gone Out" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In a partnership that spans decades, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman have forged a musical language that essentially obliterates the idiomatic distinctions between classical composition and improvised jazz. Both are unquestioned virtuosos, with the technical ability to do virtually anything on their respective instruments, and this is critical to their ability to create music that is on the one hand deliberate and meticulously crafted and, on the other, free-spirited and adventurous. Only musicians who have worked together as ...

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New Sounds Including The Fictive Five, The Comet is Coming and Sylvie Courvoisier

Read "New Sounds Including The Fictive Five, The Comet is Coming and Sylvie Courvoisier" reviewed by Bob Osborne


A wide selection of new releases this time around demonstrating the wide range of genres emerging from jazz at the moment... Playlist The Comet Is Coming “Super Zodiac" from Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse) 00:00 The Fictive Five “Immediate Human Response (for Spike Lee)" from Anything Is Possible (Clean Feed) 05:19 Sylvie Courvoisier & Alfred Vogel “The Sense of an Ending" from Pulse (Boomslang Records) 17:24 Jørgen Mathisen's Instant Light “Mayhall's Object" from ...

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Live Review

Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 2-2

Read "Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 2-2" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Part 1 | Part 2 Trondheim JazzfestSylvie Courvoisier Trio Trondheim, Norway May 10, 2019 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key-place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The six-day Trondheim Jazzfest starts the coastal series of spring festivals along with Stavanger and Bergen. Jazzfest Trondheim has been a matter of unpredictable diversity, astonishing contrasts and opposites ...

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Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Boldly innovative pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and her trio, on the brilliant and emotive D'Agala, interpret nine intimate and impressionistic musical tributes. Each original composition is intricately constructed around motifs inspired by the individual dedicatee and has plenty of room within it for spontaneous expression. For insitance, “Bourgeois's Spider (for Louise Bourgeois)" invokes the famous sculptures with Courvoisier's percussive pianism hovering over the band's percolating rhythms. Piano's single. hesitant notes cascade over the sidemen's darkly shimmering sonic web.

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Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by John Sharpe


Swiss-born, NYC-based pianist Sylvie Courvoisier reconvenes the crew which waxed the wonderful Double Windsor (Tzadik, 2014) for equally rewarding results. As one of the most highly sought after improvisers on the New York scene, Courvoisier has been able to pick her collaborators from the cream, making particularly adept choices in bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Her bandmates bring to bear a wealth of experience, not only of the outside territory that Courvoisier so often prospects, but also from ...


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