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Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

Mural: Shishi's Wish

Read "Shishi's Wish" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Prende il nome dal suo disco d'esordio, questo trio nippo-tedesco-cileno nato a New York nel 2015. Giunto al secondo album, Mural conferma la prospettiva trasversale, spaziando da momenti di marcata concitazione elettrica --una sorta di fusion rivisitata evidente in «Giacomo!» e in «Geronimo» --ad altri acusticamente riflessivi, venati di atmosfere folk.

I tratti costanti ...

Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Marc Ribot al Parco della Musica di Roma

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Marc Ribot
Parco della Musica
Roma
18.01.2018

Marc Ribot è sicuramente uno dei chitarristi più difficili da inquadrare in qualche categoria predefinita, talmente varie e numerose sono le esperienze musicali accumulate nei suoi quaranta anni di attività, dal punk alla contemporanea, dal latin rock al free jazz. Probabilmente la frequentazione ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

Jazz em Agosto celebrates its 35th edition this year with a program entitled “John Zorn Special Edition”, for 10 days, from 27 July to 5 August, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. For the first time in the festival’s history, the entire program of Jazz em Agosto is organised around a single musician, the North- American John Zorn, celebrating ...

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The astonishingly talented and prolific drummer Dafnis Prieto has done a lot since moving to the States from his native Cuba in 1999. He's made a host of sideman appearances with musicians of widely varying stripes, including Peter Apfelbaum, Michel Camilo, Steve Coleman, Marilyn Lerner, Brian Lynch, Henry Threadgill, Chucho Valdés, and John Zorn. He won ...

John Zorn: The Urmuz Epigrams

Read "The Urmuz Epigrams" reviewed by Don Phipps

Prolific composer John Zorn's The Urmuz Epigrams offers up an infectious mix of Stockhausen effects, polyrhythmic percussion, and twisty tunes, a combination which produces music that is unsettling, surprising, and humorous--often at the same time.

All the pieces repeat themselves. Zorn notates the first rendition as “modern" and the second as “original." And while ...

Nate Wooley: Knknighgh Minimal Poetry (for Aram Saroyan)

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Il multiforme talento di Nate Wooley aggiunge una tessera significativa alla propria generosa produzione discografica, pubblicata in buona parte dall'etichetta Clean Feed. In scena è un quartetto che già nell'organico evoca il free storico, allineando tromba, sax alto, contrabbasso e batteria. In effetti, il CD esordisce con un richiamo al quartetto di Ornette, con delle cellule ...

Meet Sarah V.

Read "Meet Sarah V." reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

One of our youngest Super Fans yet, Sarah V might also be our most dedicated, attending over 200 concerts a year, and even moving to New York City to immerse herself more completely in the music scene. Like Super Fan “Jazz Judy" Balos, she likes to sit way up front--which, as you'll find out when you ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Meron: This Was Now

Read "This Was Now" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Brooklyn-based pianist Daniel Meron rebels against the sometimes irksome ubiquity of electronic connectedness--smartphones, the internet, social media--with This Was Now, a solo piano recording of jazz standards, popular songs, Great American Songbook tunes, one free improvisation and one Israeli traditional song. He opens with the venerable “Body and Soul," a tune written in 1930, and launched ...