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Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

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If they gave out awards for album titles, this one would surely be in the running for top honors. “You eat my food, you drink my wine, you steal my girl" is a harsh and odd phrase that rolls off the tongue like some sort of backwoods country accusation-turned-lament, but its origins are far more urban ...


Dálava, Gordon Grdina and Mikkel Ploug: Songs Old, and Sounds New

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Strangeness--a word that connotes foreignness, otherness, and a sense of unease when confronted by the unfamiliar. The sound of recognizable musical forms may attract us, in the same way we are drawn to familiar faces or voices. The sound of a foreign language may set us on the alert; syllables we do not recognize, meanings we ...


Jen Shyu: Song of the Silver Geese

Read "Song of the Silver Geese" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The dramatic and sublime The Song of the Silver Geese is vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu's magnum opus. On it Shyu draws from her dual cultural ancestry as well as other east Asian heritages to craft memorable performance art replete with dynamic spontaneity, unique instrumentation and exquisite poetry. The nine-piece suite is divided into “doors" and ...


Tomas Fujiwara: The More the Better

Read "Tomas Fujiwara: The More the Better" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara is a man on a mission. With recent and upcoming projects too many to list, he's one of the most widely recorded and in-demand drummers in contemporary creative jazz. Somehow he found the time to talk with All About Jazz right after a sound check in preparation for his Triple Double sextet's headlining ...


A Sense of Place

Read "A Sense of Place" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Music itself may be universal, but the circumstances of its birthplace (or places) so often aren't. Overt or otherwise, it can be fascinating how those factors don't just shape a recording, but become vital elements in themselves.


There's no place like home ...

Stefano Pastor

Read "Stefano Pastor" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto per violino e orchestra op. 61 in RE maggiore, David Oistrakh, André Cluytens, French National Radio Orchestra (EMI, 1959).

Da tempo sono tornato a frequentare il repertorio violinistico di matrice euro-colta dopo anni di indagine sull'improvvisazione. L'occasione è resa maggiormente suggestiva dal fatto di avvalermi di un violino di ...

Miya Masaoka: Triangle Of Resistance

Read "Triangle Of Resistance" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ben nota sperimentatrice nei più diversi generi musicali, esperta interprete del koto, Miya Masaoka presenta in questo CD due lavori abbastanza diversi per organico e colore, ma omogenei stilisticamente, entrambi infatti collocabili tra la contemporanea da camera.

Il primo, più complesso lavoro è quello che dà il titolo al disco -"Triangle of Resistance" -ed ...


Erik Friedlander: Rings

Read "Rings" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

In questo disco dai tratti ciclici e suadenti, il violoncello di Erik Friedlander incontra sotto la sigla “Black Phebe" le percussioni di Satoshi Takeishi e la fisarmonica/piano/elettronica di Shoko Nagai.
Con grande varietà di approcci e contando su una sensibilità in grado di infondere anche al gesto sonoro più semplice un'angolazione più profonda, i ...


Leslie Pintchik: True North

Read "True North" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Nella musica della pianista Leslie Pintchik non vi è alcuna traccia di rottura con la tradizione classica del jazz, tutt'altro. La presenza marcata di paradigmi noti privilegia l'interesse per un modello espressivo che nelle forme chiuse, siano esse blues o A-A-B-A ("Falling in Love Again"), trova il principio originario, la cornice all'interno della quale prendono corpo--sotto ...

Erik Friedlander: Rings

Read "Rings" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Repetition is sometimes seen as a bad thing. The mundane cycle of everyday life involving the same actions. However, it is only through repetition that differences can occur. A weekend is only special because it stands out as a difference from the ordinary week. But repetition is not only useful as a way of appreciating difference, ...