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Articles by Nenad Georgievski

INTERVIEWS

Donny McCaslin: Bowie Deepened The Relationships In My Band

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Wherever the boundaries were in music, in most cases, they have perished and are no more. Jazz has always been a music of exploration and taking chances and as a result, has benefited from the dialogues with other music, be it folk, rock, classical or electronic. Saxophonist and composer Donny McCaslin certainly doesn't believe in boundaries. He is one of the handful musicians who uses different strands as a launching point for further exploration. His recent records Fast Future (Greenleaf, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Eno: Reflection

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Composer and producer Brian Eno's ambient record Reflection truly goes to the mind and the heart in a quiet and seductive way. This hour long intriguing and captivating tapestry of carefully interwoven sounds conjures up landscapes of internal emotions that reflect the warmth and quiet of the first day of the new year when it was released. Eno's records have always been a fascinating blend of aesthetic, emotions, careful strategy and technology and as such have always functioned on many ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Paul Morley: The Age of Bowie

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The Age of Bowie Paul Morley 496 Pages ISBN: 978-1471148088 Simon & Schuster UK 2016 The enormous grief and sadness that outpoured at the unexpected death of singer David Bowie by fans and supporters worldwide were immediate and sincere. As soon as the shocking news broke on the 11th of January 2016, fans paid their homage to this artist who not only pushed boundaries but who also shaped and embodied the ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Peter Hook: Substance - Inside New Order

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Substance: Inside New Order Peter Hook 768 Pages ISBN: 1471132404 Simon & Schuster 2016 Evidently, this is the golden age of book memoirs by world renowned music artists as the bookstores are being literary showered by juicy memoirs full of soul-baring, band drama, drugs, debauchery and salacious gossip. The appeal of some of these books is evident and immediate. Most of these artists are fascinating already because of their music and lifestyle. ...

BEST OF / YEAR END

Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2016

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There is a poem by a Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov titled “When Horses Die" that I came across to by accident. It goes like “When horses die they breathe when grasses die, they wither, when suns die they go out, and when people die they sing songs." For many musicians, the year 2016 was final and their swan songs reflected their thoughts and emotions about the inevitable final curtain-call. The best records of the year 2016 reflected that issue on ...

CATCHING UP WITH

John Scofield: Jazz Inspires You To Try Something Different

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In a career that has spanned over several decades with releases that have encompassed various types of musical styles and sounds, guitarist John Scofield has always managed to emphasize the importance of melody by building fragments of hummable tunes around musically abstract compositions. His record Country for Old Men (Impulse!, 2016)--the title is a play on the Coen brothers film No Country for Old Men--is comprised of classic country songs, where he pays tribute to songwriters including George Jones, Hank ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Teresa Salgueiro: O Horizonte

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There have long been two sides to singer Teresa Salgueiro's musicality: the first as a master interpreter of a song and the second a gifted songwriter. Ever since Salgueiro left the band Madredeus after 20 years of recording and touring she began a career where she first gave emphasis on covers and guest appearances but soon she blossomed into a serious and distinct songwriter. After three decades as one of the most distinct world chanteuses, what's most heartening is that ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Spiro: Repeater

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Repeater is an idiosyncratic vinyl only retrospective by the acclaimed quartet Spiro that collects highlights of the band's four albums that were recorded between 1997 and 2015.The British quartet's unrelenting passion for following its muse has served it well as the group's fearless explorations have yielded an ever-expanding audience and over the years Spiro has crisscrossed the universes of folk/world and classical music. Stretching the boundaries and crisscrossing universes is now a regular practice for a number of groups but ...

INTERVIEWS

Concha Buika: I Feel the Warmer Side of Life When I Sing

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When Spanish singer Concha Buika sings, songs uncoil from her like smoke. Whether she sings jazz classics, Jacquel Brel, Chavella Vargas songs or her own songs, there is a warm intimacy in her husky and seductive voice that easily envelops listeners. 15 years after her debut, Mestizuo, a record with jazz classics she continues her musical journey of exploring beyond the ordinary with records that are imbued with diversity from flamenco, soul, jazz and pop music to Afro-beat, Cuban music, ...


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