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David Liebman & Jeff Coffin, Acamar Trio & More

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Danish percussionist and drummer Marilyn Mazur has worked with some of the greats--Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Jan Garbarek--but her latest project is unlike anything previously. She's assembled an ensemble of top women musicians from Scandinavia for her new Shamania release. It's a highlight of this episode of One Man's Jazz, and so is the return of the much-criticized Miles Davis release On the Corner. Saxophonists Jeff Coffin and Dave Liebman decided it was time to take another look ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Shamania

Read "Shamania" reviewed by Don Phipps

Marilyn Mazur's album Shamania is fascinating. Both impressionistic and abstract, it emphasizes wordless vocals and sounds while incorporating elements of global jazz and world music. The ten artists who play with Mazur are all women and hail from the Scandinavian avant-garde jazz scene. Mazur's compositions are like kaleidoscopic postcards. The set begins with the ethereal “New Secret," where vocals permeate over a soft, flowing rhythm as the music evolves into a bird-like dream. On the safari-sounding “Rytmeritual," the ...

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Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018

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Reykjavik Jazz Festival Reykjavik, Iceland September 5-9, 2018 Iceland has produced, and continues to produce, many outstanding artists--some of them world-famous, such as Björk, Múm, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds, Gus Gus, Emiliana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men--which is quite remarkable if one thinks that the country has less than 350,000 inhabitants. 130,000 of these live in the capital, Reykjavik, the most Northerly European capital, vibrant and intriguing (even though perhaps not as much as the striking ...

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Marilyn Mazur: The Song in the Woods

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Danish drummer, percussionist and composer Marilyn Mazur reached iconic status on the contemporary jazz scene in the early years of her career. Playing in the eighties with titans Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Gil Evans, she later joined Jan Garbarek's group and was instrumental in some of the musician's most significant projects at the beginning of the millennium. With astounding versatility and a natural sense of emulation, Mazur turns each of her performances into a powerful show that ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Celestial Circle

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Celestial Circle might appear to be a conventional, piano trio-based vocal record on the surface, but it's an impression quickly dismissed with a closer look at its participants. Marilyn Mazur knows her way around a drum kit in no uncertain terms, but it's her more integrated approach, with an oft-times massive array of percussion--gongs, wood blocks, pots and other things that can be struck with hands, sticks and brushes--that has allowed the American-born/Denmark-raised and resident percussionist to evolve a more ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Elixir

Read "Elixir" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Percussionist Marilyn Mazur is a prime example of why many drummers these days are prone to listing themselves also as percussionists. The distinction is important beyond the number of instruments available to the player and involves the attitude towards their place in any musical enterprise. Drummer/percussionists like Paul Motian, Jon Christensen or Tony Oxley might not play as many instruments as Mazur, but their contribution to the music is more of a voice that happens to be ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Elixir

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Marilyn Mazur may be best remembered to North American audiences for her work with Miles Davis in the 1980s. Since then, however, the Danish percussionist has continued to lead an active musical life on her own projects including Small Labyrinths (ECM, 1997), as well as collaborating on ECM recordings by Eberhard Weber, Jon Balke and Jan Garbarek. She was also a member of Garbarek's touring band for fourteen years and so, when it came time for her to record Elixir, ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Jordsange

Read "Jordsange" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Born in New York yet reared in Denmark, percussionist Marilyn Mazur has performed with a who’s who of modern jazz artists, which includes a stint with the late Miles Davis. Basically, Ms. Mazur is recognized as a percussionist who melds supple rhythms and multihued patterns into lyrically rich frameworks while adhering to compositional structure, nuance and subtly via her variegated array of instruments. These days, Ms. Mazur has been recording and touring with Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek while also performing ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Jordsange

Read "Jordsange" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Born in New York yet reared in Denmark, percussionist Marilyn Mazur has performed with a who’s who of modern jazz artists, which includes a stint with the late Miles Davis. Basically, Ms. Mazur is recognized as a percussionist who melds supple rhythms and multihued patterns into lyrically rich frameworks while adhering to compositional structure, nuance and subtly via her variegated array of instruments. These days, Ms. Mazur has been recording and touring with Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek while also performing ...


40 Years Of The Festival International De Jazz De Montréal

The Montreal Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th edition this year with some outstanding presentations scheduled at various venues around the city. Running from June 27 to July 6, this year's festival includes both indoor and outdoor events, free and ticketed events, with a program that includes Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Brad Mehldau, Kendrick Scott, Richard Galliano, Stacy Kent, Joshua Redman, John Pizzarelli, Keyon Harrold, Gilad Hekselman, Roberto Fonseca, Donny McCaslin and more.

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