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Thelonious Monk: Mønk

Read "Mønk" reviewed by Chris May

Summer 2018 has seen the release of previously unknown recordings by two giants of mid-twentieth century jazz. First we had John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!), and now Thelonious Monk's live album Mønk. Both discs were made in 1963. The breathless hyperbole which greeted the Coltrane was unjustified, if predictable, but the ...

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Thelonious Monk: Mønk

Read "Mønk" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Closely following the release of John Coltrane's Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!, 2018), this year brings us another previously unreleased gem from the golden age of jazz. The status of Thelonius Monk in the early 1960s, is indisputable and this recently discovered session recorded at a live performance in Copenhagen's Old Fellow Palæet, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Prima Parte

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Prima Parte" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Vicenza Jazz
Varie sedi
10--20.05.2018

“The Birth of the Youth" era l'allusivo sottotitolo della ventitreesima edizione del festival vicentino, come sempre sotto la direzione di Riccardo Brazzale. Il tentativo, affrontato anche dalla grafica neo-psichedelica del manifesto e dai saggi di vari autori nel prezioso quaderno, era quello di celebrare il ...

Bill Carrothers: Red Planet

Read "Red Planet" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Since the '80s, Michigan pianist Bill Carrothers has inventively and tirelessly fashioned himself an enviable discography, which includes 2008's Home Row (Pirouet Records, 2008) with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart and 2010's tribute to revered trumpeter Clifford Brown Joy Spring (Pirouet Records, 2010 ). A critical fave on the touring circuit, he's highlighted gigs the world ...

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Andrew Kushnir: Influences

Read "Influences" reviewed by Don Phipps

Judging from the album cover, a coffee-filled cup on a drum, one might anticipate that drummer Andrew Kushnir's debut album, Influences, would be a hard charging affair. And Kushnir and his trio (Ryan Slatko on piano and Rick Rosato on bass) do not disappoint. The trio offers up some head-bobbing jazz at its finest.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Band Ambition: Sherrie Maricle and Diva

Read "Band Ambition: Sherrie Maricle and Diva" reviewed by Richard  J Salvucci

In the iconic photo A Great Day in Harlem (1958), bandleader and pianist Count Basie has taken a seat on the curb. Eleven neighborhood kids and one ringer, Taft Jordan Jr, are seated single file to Basie's right. Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams stand behind the kids, chatting. They are bookended, appropriately, by Oscar Pettiford ...

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Umbria Jazz Winter 2014

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 2014" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 22
Orvieto -27.12.2014-01.01.2015

“Fabrizio Bosso, Danilo Rea, Paolo Fresu... Anat Cohen, Chris Potter, Joe Lovano... vi aspettano a Orvieto per Umbria Jazz Winter." Più o meno di questo tenore era lo spot pubblicitario trasmesso per tutto dicembre sulle stazioni radio della RAI, uno dei media partner del festival; i ...

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Roberto Gatto Perfect Trio

Read "Roberto Gatto Perfect Trio" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Pinocchio Live Jazz
Firenze
22.02.2014

Poteva non essere scontato che l'incontro tra un batterista come Roberto Gatto--veterano del jazz nostrano, ben piantato nella tradizione ancorché aperto a molteplici esperienze--e un musicista inquieto e sperimentatore come Alfonso Santimone potesse avere esiti indiscutibilmente positivi, essendo la diversità tra i due ...

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Claudio Cojaniz - Franco Feruglio: Blue Africa

Read "Blue Africa" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il pianista Claudio Cojaniz rinnova la sua pratica del duo con il contrabbasso--frequentata con successo oltre vent'anni orsono assieme a Giovanni Maier nel mitico album Due--e lo fa con un suo antico compagno di strada, Franco Feruglio, che nel frattempo ha accumulato esperienze nei più diversi territori della musica--dalla classica contemporanea a Ludovico Einaudi, dalla musica ...

David Ake: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Experimentalist composer Gavin Bryars once proclaimed that “music history has flowed under the bridges for many years." That particular quote adorns the inside flap of pianist David Ake's Bridges which, like Bryars' statement itself, contains many a mystery about music, bridges and history. The pieces that Ake presents herein are modernistic, wide-ranging and wholly original. Melodic ...