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Nicolas Masson: Travelers

Read "Travelers" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il sassofonista e clarinettista svizzero Nicolas Masson è qui alla testa di una formazione di connazionali che include il ben noto trio del pianista Colin Vallon, autore di diversi dischi per ECM e di supporto anche alla cantante di origini albanesi Elina Duni. Di fatto questo quartetto, noto proprio con il nome che intitola questo album, ...

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Nicolas Masson: Travelers

Read "Travelers" reviewed by John Kelman

Following two recordings for ECM Records as a member of the cooperative Third Reel (including the trio's self-titled 2013 debut), reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson strikes out on his own with Travelers, his first album as a leader for the label.

Third Reel's Swiss/Italian lineup of reeds, guitar (Roberto Pianca) and drums (Emanuele Maniscalco), along ...

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The Coltrane family, Jazz and funerals, and more new releases

Read "The Coltrane family, Jazz and funerals, and more new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This episode focused on the Coltrane: John, Alice and Ravi, and by those inspired by their music.

Also, funeral marching bands from Southern Italy, and other jazz experiments with funeral music, which are much more fun than you'd expect!

And of course more new releases!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent

Read "Le Vent" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Swiss pianist Colin Vallon's fourth release as a leader, Le Vent is a truly collaborative effort that eschews individual solos in favor of a haunting, collective sound. The results are atmospheric and exquisitely formalistic. This is not to suggest that, because of its ambient nature, the album is without substance. On the contrary, its structure becomes ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent

Read "Le Vent" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dopo il debutto con l'apprezzato Rruga, il trio svizzero di Colin Vallon torna a registrare, parzialmente rinnovato nell'organico--Julian Sartorius sostituisce il peraltro ottimo Samuel Rohrer--ma costante nelle atmosfere e nei temi, qui quasi interamente della penna del pianista e leader.

La musica del trio si basa su una narrazione lirica aperta e non ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent

Read "Le Vent" reviewed by John Kelman

When Bill Evans emerged in the 1950s, he represented a paradigm shift for the jazz piano trio. No longer a lead instrument supported by a rhythm section, Evans' more egalitarian approach to music-making allowed delineated soloists to engage in a more fully conversational context, with any instrument capable of pushing the music in a new direction ...

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Elina Duni Quartet: Matane Malit

Read "Matane Malit" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when jazz musicians were commonly recruited to play on pop records, because their purview was so broad that they could mold themselves into any context. Elina Duni's music may not be jazz by conventional definition, but its improvisational spirit clearly occupies the broader “jazz state of mind" to which the Albanian-born/raised and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enjoy Jazz: Mannheim, Germany, October 2-November 18, 2011, Week 5-7

Read "Enjoy Jazz: Mannheim, Germany, October 2-November 18, 2011, Week 5-7" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Week 1-2 | Week 3-4 | Week 5-7

Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 2-November 18, 2011
Colin Vallon Trio
The performance of the Swiss trio surprised from the onset, through their pronounced experimental character. Other than the steady narrative flow featured on their most recent album ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: Rruga

Read "Rruga" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The piano trio--piano, bass and drums--can seem something of an anachronism in a time when musical artists make use of synthesizers, electronics, laptops and loops to craft their sounds. But scores of pianists still go to the acoustic trio format as one of their primary means of expression. In looking toward jazz veterans, Keith Jarrett and ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: New York, NY, May 20, 2011

Read "Colin Vallon Trio: New York, NY, May 20, 2011" reviewed by Warren Allen

Colin Vallon Trio
Rubin Museum of Art
New York, NY
May 20, 2011

New York City's Rubin Museum houses a large collection of fine art from the Himalayans, much of it with religious symbolism. In partnership with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, the museum has also become a home for a series ...