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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nicole Johanntgen: Henry

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Still only in her mid-thirties, Zurich-based German alto saxophonist/composer Nicole Johänntgen has been performing and tirelessly exploring music for over twenty years. With half a dozen recordings as leader under her belt, Johänntgen turns to New Orleans for inspiration on Henry. Named after her father, who used to play trombone in lieu of an early morning alarm clock for the young Johänntgen, the songs were written during a six-month sojourn in New York and recorded in the Crescent City. The ...

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Charles Lloyd Quartet at Vicar Street

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Charles Lloyd Quartet Vicar Street jny: Dublin, Ireland November 16, 2016 Two years after playing Dublin's National Concert Hall, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd returned to the Irish capital and the more intimate surroundings of Vicar Street. Last time out Lloyd's New Quartet featured Gerald Clayton in lieu of Jason Moran, Joe Sanders in lieu of Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland. Here only Clayton remained, with the returning Rogers and Kendrick Scott rounding out the ...

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Improvised Music Company: Orbital Pathways, Gravitational Pull

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Arguably some of the most dramatic changes in jazz have taken place in the last quarter of its century-long history: the emergence of a strong European jazz identity/identities; technological advances that empower individuals to become their own producers; Youtube, which has all but erased the boundary between past and present; the increase in pedagogical institutions; pan-national collaborations facilitated by myriad budget travel options; instant communication and dissemination brought about by the explosion of social media; greater cross-genre experimentation than ever ...

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SLIXS At Derry International Choral Festival 2016

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SLIXS Derry International Choral Festival St. Columb's Hall Derry, N. Ireland October 20, 2016 In just four editions the City of Derry International Choral Festival has carved its place among the world's leading choral festivals, attracting the very best international choirs to the Walled City. A pleasing aspect of the CDICF, beyond the marquee names, has been its desire to think outside the box. Neil Cowley's collaborations with local choir Codetta and pan-European choir ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2016

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Galway Jazz Festival Various Venues jny:Galway, Ireland October 7-9, 2016 The best jazz festivals are not necessarily the biggest. They're not always the ones with the marquee names. The best festivals, without a doubt, are the ones you remember, years later, for having had a hell of a good time. Such festivals, first and foremost, are usually rooted in and celebrate community. They often promote feasting, revelry and joy. The Galway Jazz Festival ticked ...

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Euopean Jazz Conference 2016: Polish Jazz Showcases

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European Jazz Conference: Polish Jazz Showcases National Forum Of Music jny:Wroclaw, Poland September 22-24, 2016 One of the great things about returning to Poland each time is the exposure to new jazz talent, because beyond the internationally renowned marquee names--the historic Polish greats--are a great number of outstanding artists. How could it be otherwise in a country that boasts over a hundred jazz festivals? Wroclaw is home to Jazztopad, one of Poland's ...

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European Jazz Conference 2016

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European Jazz Conference 2016 National Forum of Music jny: Wroclaw, Poland September 22-25, 2016 We have two ears and only one mouth so perhaps we should listen more than we speak. This old maxim is often credited to Hellenistic philosopher Zeno of Citrium, though who's to say he didn't pinch it after being admonished by a fellow Stoic for not listening enough himself? We'll never know. What we do know, ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans

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Three years on from the ballad standards of Sixteen Sunsets (Outline, 2013), Jane Ira Bloom--one of the few specialist soprano saxophonists--returns with a lustrous collection of originals. At one extreme, the trio of Bloom, Mark Helias and Bobby Previte fairly bristles with collective energy; at the other, it seduces with caressing, impressionistic lyricism. At whatever tempi, however, Bloom's melodic improvisations and the rhythm section's industry and nuance are never less than captivating. Helias and Previte plied the rhythmic ...


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