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Steve Coleman: Morphogenesis

Read "Morphogenesis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Steve Coleman's music has long sounded largely removed from the direct influence of his native Southside Chicago, not because those elements are missing, but because he creates a hybrid universe that owes as much to Africa and Europe, and to folk, funk, classical and jazz. His newest release, Morphogenesis, while furthering Coleman's musical development, displays features ...

Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis

Read "Morphogenesis" reviewed by Troy Dostert

After his 2015 masterpiece, Synovial Joints, alto saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman left his listeners wondering how he could try to top that extraordinary project. With 21 musicians and an ambitious melding of classical and jazz instrumentation with intricate compositional decisions, Coleman used that record to reveal yet another dimension of his constantly-evolving musical concept--one that's been changing ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

Read "Moving Still" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La partita a scacchi giocata da Jonathan Finlayson e dai suoi Sicilian Defense (storica contromossa d'apertura del gioco degli scacchi) ha in Moving Still risultati eccellenti. In meraviglioso equilibrio tra scrittura e improvvisazione il disco è la definitiva consacrazione di un talento che ha tradotto la quasi ventennale presenza nei Five Elements di Steve Coleman e ...

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Il meglio del 2016 Secondo Paolo Peviani

Read "Il meglio del 2016 Secondo Paolo Peviani" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Dal punto di vista discografico, quella del 2016 è stata un'annata molto ricca. Nessun picco straordinario ma tanti buoni, ottimi dischi, da ascoltare e riascoltare con attenzione. Dal mio piccolo e per forza di cose parziale osservatorio, ho avuto l'impressione che i grandi nomi del jazz -al netto di qualche eccezione -non abbiano prodotto grandi cose. ...

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Il meglio del 2016 secondo Vincenzo Roggero

Read "Il meglio del 2016 secondo Vincenzo Roggero" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Questi i migliori dischi dell'anno? Risposta complicata perché nonostante la massa imponente di musica, fruibile in tutte le forme e in tutti modi possibili, si ha la sensazione che manchi qualcosa (o molto), che siano precluse realtà musicali periferiche rispetto ai normali canali di distribuzione ma importanti dal punto di vista della testimonianza e della valenza ...

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November Music 2016

Read "November Music 2016" reviewed by Henning Bolte

November Music
s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
November 11-13, 2016

November Music is a yearly festival, founded in 1993. It is held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch, in the southeast part of The Netherlands. s'-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) was the hometown of well-known Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516) who died 500 years ...

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Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Another year is almost in the books. And while there were many things to fret about in 2016, a lack of good music wasn't one of them. A quick look back at the year reminds us that jazz legends remain strong, rising stars continue to rapidly ascend, newcomers are making their presence felt, and the dearly ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Read "Steve Coleman and Five Elements at Albright-Knox Art Gallery" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Art of Jazz
Buffalo, NY
October 29, 2016

If Steve Coleman's set at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery proved anything, it's that residencies are still a beneficial means to cultivating unrivaled virtuosity within a band.

In the case of composer, alto ...

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Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You

Read "Away With You" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Continuing her streak of outstanding releases, guitarist extraordinaire Mary Halvorson once again shows her determination to build upon her unique style as a composer and bandleader. She's taken her septet from 2013's superb Illusionary Sea and added an eighth member, pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, and the resulting music is typical Halvorson: harmonically complex, emotionally compelling, ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

Read "Moving Still" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson has been an in-demand sideman for a decade, laying a foundation of top-tier groundwork in recording with Steve Coleman on all of that uncompromising composer's Five Elements albums since 2002. Finlayson's performing credits include gigs with Ravi Coltrane, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Vijay Iyer, and many other notable artists. Not until 2013 did ...


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