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Charleston Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Charleston Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Martin McFie

Various Venues Charleston Jazz Festival Charleston, SC January 23-26, 2020 Jazz Festivals are like people, six years old is still in infancy, but everything has to start somewhere. Historically, the city which gave birth to the Charleston dance craze and was the inspiration for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, deserves The Charleston Jazz Festival. The first evening of music was given by local bands at Joe Clarke's recently opened Forte Jazz Lounge on King Street, where ...

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Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra at the Jazz Cafe

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Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra / Yung Afriqa Pioneers The Jazz Cafe London January 24, 2020 Time was when if Londoners wanted to hear authentic live Afrobeat they needed to take a flight to West Africa, preferably Nigeria. Not anymore. All they need do in 2020 is take the subway to the next gig by the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra. The band has been gaining traction every year since its formation in the ...

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Steve Beresford & John Butcher: Old Paradise Airs

Read "Old Paradise Airs" reviewed by John Eyles

Recorded in May 2019, at London's Iklectik venue (which is located in Old Paradise Yard), Old Paradise Airs pairs Steve Beresford on piano, objects or electronics with John Butcher on tenor or soprano saxophone, a duo which dates back to 1988 when Beresford and Butcher (plus trombonist Alan Tomlinson) recorded a five-minute track for a compilation on the nato label, the rather unspectacular start to a long relationship. Since then, recordings featuring Beresford and Butcher together have been comparatively scarce, ...

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Giuseppe Millaci & Vogue Trio: The Endless Way

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There is a distinct lived-in, road-tested and chops confidence permeating bassist-composer Giuseppe Millaci & Vogue Trio's second recording The Endless Way. Road-tested is the key concept here. With each of the album's nine tracks composed to reflect upon moments and experiences along the global roads yearning for jazz, Millaci, premiere pianist Amaury Faye and subtle-as-a-shadow drummer Lionel Beuvens entwine with and interpret each other's passions with veteran elan. And though Millaci's drive and name head the trio attribution, ...

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Nick Fraser / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby: Zoning

Read "Zoning" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What can be said in a positive vein about Zoning, an essentially inward-leaning and dissonant exercise in avant-garde or “free" jazz by drummer Nick Fraser, pianist Kris Davis and saxophonist Tony Malaby (supported on three numbers by tenor Ingrid Laubrock and trumpeter Lina Allemano). Well, it is music, of a sort—and it is (largely) improvised, or appears to be, which places it somewhere in the inclusive jazz sphere. And despite its often chaotic and generally unmelodious contours, the music's interpreters ...

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Charles Mingus in the 1960s (1959 - 1963)

Read "Charles Mingus in the 1960s (1959 - 1963)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Charles Mingus completed the 1950s with an astonishing series of releases in 1959 -Blues and Roots, followed by Mingus Ah Um and finally, Mingus Dynasty. He kept up this pace for several years culminating in 1963 with Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus and his masterwork, The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady. We have some live recordings from 1964 and 1965, but otherwise he went silent for the rest of the decade. The early 1960s recordings of Charles Mingus with ...

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Enjoy Jazz 2019

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Enjoy Jazz Various Venues Heidelberg/Ludwigshafen/Mannheim Germany October 14-20, 2019 The Enjoy Jazz festival always offers an exciting array of venues, switching locations virtually every night of its six-week run, and often providing the chance to creep inside a range of historic buildings in its three-city spread. Gigs are divided between Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and Mannheim, all of which are in easy reach of each other. Sometimes there are even two or ...


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