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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine / Kombank Dvorana Belgrade Serbia October 22-28, 2019 Reaching its 35th edition, the Belgrade Jazz Festival added extra shows at the beginning and end of its run, making up a full week, or eight days, if the opening dj night is included. The organisers also hyperventilated on the booking front, with a few more starry acts than usual, including Stanley Clarke, Dianne Reeves, Steve Coleman, ...

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Trios, Trios, Trios and Vlek

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This final show of 2018 is highlighted by trios of the usual piano-bass-drums (Simon Nabatov-Barry Guy-Gerry Hemingway and Elias Stemeseder-James Banner-Ugo Alunni), bass-saxophone-drums (Gonçalo Almeida-Yedo Gibson-Vasco Furtado), and trumpet/saxophone/drums (Flavio Zanuttini-Piero Bittolo Bon-Marco D'Orlando). Pianist Yuko Yamaoka performs the music of Satoko Fujii from Fujii's eleventh release in 2018, and the eclectic Dutch Ensemble, Vlek, makes its debut on One Man's Jazz. As always, there's plenty more to hear, and there will be plenty more to come in 2019. If ...

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A profile of Steve Coleman and more

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This week Neon Jazz profiles the life and prodigious work of Steve Coleman. From his most recent release, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets), to the early days of his career in 1985 with Motherland Pulse. The show features an interview with Steve Coleman about his life in music, playing live at the Vanguard, his love of Bird and more. Also featured is the New Orleans jazz-rock band Bonerama with a cut off ...

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ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

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Do you long for the days when jazz was punk? Not meaning music that is loud and out-of-control. but punk as in innovative, nonconformist, and seditious. One hundred years ago, the music of Louis Armstrong was punk, and a few decades later so was Charlie Parker's revolutionary bebop. You probably did not witness those rebellions, nor Ornette Coleman's free jazz of the 1960s. What would you give to be there for the “what-did-I-just-hear" moment? Steve Coleman and Five ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Coleman: Live at Village Vanguard Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

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Decades after he had migrated from Chicago to New York to briefly play in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman took to the Village Vanguard stage that Jones and Lewis had occupied for more than twenty years. Since 2015, Coleman and his Five Elements group have made the club an annual event in their global schedule. Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) documents two nights' performances recorded in May 2017. The Five ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

Read "Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Artists don't release Live at the Village Vanguard recordings unless they've truly got something to say. The list of recordings from that fabled venue, run for decades by the incomparable Max and Lorraine Gordon, is indeed long and legendary, with well over 100 titles to date, including some of the most iconic recordings in jazz history. John Coltrane's sets from 1961 might be at the very top of the pile, but those by Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins would certainly ...


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