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Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...


Irene Schweizer, Joey Baron: Live!

Read "Live!" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso a Zurigo a fine 2015, l'album riunisce due improvvisatori di scuole e generazioni diverse: Irène Schweizer, settantasei anni, svizzera di Sciaffusa, attraversa l'avanguardia europea praticamente fin dal suo primo affermarsi (se non affacciarsi), mentre Joey Baron, sessantaduenne di Richmond, quella stessa avanguardia (ovviamente dall'altra sponda dell'Atlantico) l'ha accompagnata, per così dire fiancheggiata, nel corso di ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...


Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

All About Jazz is celebrating Jim Hall's birthday today!

Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art ...


Peter Madsen: Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn

Read "Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A dispetto di una carriera ricca di incisioni e collaborazioni, iniziata nel 1987 con Stan Getz, il pianista Peter Madsen è un tipico esempio di musician's musician, molto apprezzato dai colleghi ma poco noto al grande pubblico.
Quest'incisione europea (Liechtenstein, novembre 2015) è nata per commemorare i cento anni della nascita di Billy Strayhorn, ...


Brent Laidler: No Matter Where Noir

Read "No Matter Where Noir" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Some jazz albums are notable solely for the well-known personnel featured. These recordings excite interest based on name recognition alone. Even if albums like this lack a coherent vision, fans are willing to pick them up just to hear their favorite players at work.

In contrast, composer/guitarist Brent Laidler's No Matter Where Noir , while ...


Videos: Jim Hall, '64 and '05

Videos: Jim Hall, '64 and '05

Yesterday, I spent the day listening to Jim Hall. You'll find my three-part interview with the late guitar great starting here. And here are three videos of Jim that went up recently at YouTube: Here's Jim playing I'm Getting Sentimental Over You in 1964...   Here's Jim with Art Farmer (tp), Steve Swallow (b) and Pete LaRocca (d) in ...


Jim Hall And Red Mitchell - "Live At Sweet Basil 1978" Released On ArtistShare And Submitted For Grammy Nomination Consideration

Jim Hall And Red Mitchell - "Live At Sweet Basil 1978" Released On ArtistShare And Submitted For Grammy Nomination Consideration

Considered by many to be the “father of modern jazz guitar," Jim Hall is revered by peers and audiences around the world. The previously unreleased recording, Valse Hot – Sweet Basil 1978, captures the exciting, spontaneous musical dialogue between Jim Hall and bassist Red Mitchell, featuring the legendary duo’s inventive and lyrical approach to jazz standards. One ...


Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

Read "Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms" reviewed by Jim Worsley

So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more.

From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear ...


Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2017

Read "Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2017" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2017
Smartno, Slovenia

Nel suo appuntamento annuale a Šmartno, sulle colline del Collio sloveno poco oltre Gorizia, il “Brda Contemporary Music Festival" continua a presentare il meglio della musica improvvisata europea.
Un piccolo ma significativo evento giunto alla settima edizione, che raccoglie un affezionato pubblico ...