Articles by Ian Patterson

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CEO Experiment With Kurt Rosenwinkel at The Sugar Club

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CEO Experiment with Kurt Rosenwinkel The Sugar Club jny: Dublin, Ireland September 30, 2017 CEO Experiment's Dublin concert with special guest Kurt Rosenwinkel seemed to be a long time coming. For months there'd been speculation that the great American guitarist might rock up for this one-off gig. When it was indeed confirmed, and with the date still several months off, the CEO Experiment publicity machine went into overdrive, launching a sustained social media campaign ...

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Slovenian Showcase Festival 2017

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Slovenian Showcase Festival 2017 CD Club, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Slovenia September 22-23, 2017 An important part of the European Jazz Conference 2017, held in the Slovenian capital of jny:Ljubljana, was the Slovenian Showcase Festival, which presented some of the most original, progressive and entertaining of the current crop of Slovenian bands operating in the spheres of jazz, improvised and related music. Of some fifty bands who applied for the chance to play before major ...

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European Jazz Conference 2017

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European Jazz Conference 2017 Cankarjev dom jny: Ljubljana, Slovenia September 21-24, 2017 The snow-capped mountains flanking Ljubljana form a natural border between Slovenia and Italy and provided a picturesque backdrop to the 4th annual European Jazz Conference. For the record two hundred and twenty conference attendees [Europe Jazz Network members and guests] the sun shone and the air was cool. The handsome Slovenian capital, with its bicycle-friendly, litter-free streets felt serene as tourists strolled ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marius Neset: Circle of Chimes

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It's not just the breath-taking scope and depth of saxophonist/composer Marius Neset's ACT Music releases, Lion (2014), Snowmelt (2016) and now Circle of Chimes (2017) that's remarkable, but the fact that such powerful waves of music have come from the thirty-two-year old Norwegian in the span of just three years.Stylistically diverse as they are, these recordings can be seen together as signposts along the way of Neset's probing journey into terrain where labels seem increasingly inadequate. So too, ...

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Match&Fuse Dublin 2017

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Match&Fuse Dublin 2017 dlr Lexicon, Dun Loaghaire, Dublin, Ireland September 16, 2017 “We are Rocky Road and we've existed since Wednesday," bassist Anneleen Boheme announced to the Saturday afternoon audience of the first Match&Fuse festival to be held in Ireland. Well, we're used to pop-up shops after all, so why not pop-up improvised music? Match&Fuse was conceived by London musician/promoter Dave Morecroft in 2011 as a festival and touring project to promote ...

INTERVIEW

Piotr Turkiewicz: Putting Wroclaw On The Jazz Map

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At just thirty seven years of age it's hard to believe that Piotr Turkiewicz has been pulling the strings of Jazztopad for almost a decade already. The festival, staged each November in the Polish city of Wroclaw, was already a few years old when Turkiewicz became Artistic Director in 2008, but under the canny stewardship of Turkiewicz and General Director Andrzej Kosendiak, Jazztopad has been transformed, in both style and substance, to become one of Europe's more progressively minded jazz ...

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Sue Rynhart at The Cresent Arts Centre

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Sue Rynhart The Crescent Arts Centre jny: Belfast, N. Ireland September 7, 2017 Beatroot, Moving On Music's folk 'n' roots music festival, returned for its third annual outing with a typically eclectic line-up that embraced contemporary folk music of the broadest possible spectrum. With almost as much cross-genre pollination in folk as there is in jazz these days, more and more artists defy facile categorization. Sue Rynhart, who opened the four-night festival ...

WHAT IS JAZZ?

Tokyo Jazz Joints: Capturing An Old Love Story

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Click the Slideshow button above to view the photos. Could you imagine coffee shops in any North American or European city that played jazz non-stop all day, or bars where, variously, as you quenched your thirst, you heard only Blue Note Records, free-jazz or the music of, say, Miles Davis, according to the bar owner's tastes? Could you imagine such places where speaking is not only frowned upon but is actually banned in reverence to the music? Probably ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Atom String Quartet: Seifert

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Jazz string quartets are rare. Jazz string quartets as brilliant as Atom String Quartet, the Polish ensemble founded in 2010, are rarer still. This, the quartet's fourth release, sees Dawid Lubowicz, Mateusz Smoczyński (both violin), Michal Zaborski (viola) and Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello) embrace the music of Zbigniew Seifert, the great Polish violinist--and initially saxophonist--of Tomasz Stanko's first quintet in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and a celebrated performer and composer in his own right. Seifert's star shone brightly but ...


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