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Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when Marc Copland was releasing multiple albums every year, sometimes as many as three or four, like in 2009, when the veteran pianist (who began his musical life as a saxophonist) released his second solo piano album, Alone (Pirouet); an intimate duo date with veteran bassist Gary Peacock, Insight (Sketch); and the ...

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Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Chris Potter: Good Hope

Read "Good Hope" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Un frammento di mare aperto increspato dalle correnti e attraversato, al centro, da una successione di lettere che compongono il titolo del disco, Good Hope, e i nomi dei suoi autori: Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain e Chris Potter, membri componenti del Crosscurrents Trio. Fin dall'immagine di copertina, il disco esprime un senso di libertà selvaggia, di ...

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Calvin Weston and The Phoenix Orchestra: Dust and Ash

Read "Dust and Ash" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Calvin Weston, classe 1959, è un veterano della scena jazz-funk americana. Batterista nato, si racconta che ha cominciato a tambureggiare in tenerissima età, ha messo il suo talento al servizio di innumerevoli celebrità.

A soli 17 anni, si unisce all'Ornette Coleman Prime Time Band e dove aver registrato ben quattro album con la ...

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Jo-Yu Chen: Savage Beauty

Read "Savage Beauty" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La brava pianista taiwanese allieva di Kenny Barron e Jason Moran è tornata a incidere dopo quattro anni di silenzio, confermando il suo valore e le linee di fondo della sua estetica. Anche in quest'album Jo-Yu Chen aggiunge al suo stabile trio un ospite (Mark Turner prende il posto di Kurt Rosenwinkel) e conferma la co-produzione ...

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Alessandra Franco - Anna Garano: Un Jour

Read "Un Jour" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

La prima volta che ho ascoltato Alessandra Franco, cantante triestina dalle impressionanti capacità vocali e dalle frequentazioni musicali più varie, è stato in un disco in duo con Giovanni Maier, nel quale improvvisava con incredibili vocalizzi; l'ho ritrovata qualche anno dopo nella festosa e trasversale band di Claudio Cojaniz, I Diavoli Rossi, e anche lì non ...

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No Fast Food: Setting For Three

Read "Setting For Three" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ci eravamo occupati quattro anni fa del trio No Fast Food, recensendo il doppio CD In Concert (clicca qui per leggerne la recensione); adesso la formazione torna a pubblicare un nuovo lavoro, il terzo, anche stavolta su composizioni scritte dal batterista Phil Haynes.

Come era da attendersi dai musicisti che lo compongono, il lavoro ...

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Mercury Rev: All is Dream

Read "All is Dream" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

"A year is just a drop in time." This is what singer Jonathan Donahue sang on “A Drop in Time," a song from Mercury Rev's celebrated album All Is Dream. It has now been eighteen drops or years since the band released the album in 2001 and now it's time for a reissue.

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Kelley Suttenfield: When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young

Read "When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although most jazz vocalists would shy away from an album's worth of rock tunes penned by Neil Young, Kelley Suttenfield tackles the task with aplomb on When We Were Young, providing skillful renditions of eleven cuts ranging from the well-known to a couple of the most obscure of Young's compositions. Suttenfield's low-key, insouciant delivery is a ...

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Jean Toussaint: Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218

Read "Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218" reviewed by Chris May

Most times, the transatlantic flow of jazz musicians is from east to west. Less frequently, as with Jean Toussaint's relocation from New York to London, it is contrariwise. Hot from four years as a member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers's Jazz Messengers, Toussaint arrived in Britain in 1987. He soon established himself as a ...

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Jessica Ackerley: A New Kind Of Water

Read "A New Kind Of Water" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Guitarist Jessica Ackerley operates in roughly the same semi-abstract realm as Joe Morris and Mary Halvorson but her playing covers more ground, bouncing between folk lyricism, spacey abstraction and fierce prog-rock riffing. The other members of her group, alto saxophonist Sarah Manning, bassist Mat Muntz and drummer Stephen Boegehold, are adept at blending with her varied ...