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Various Artists: New Improvised Music from Buenos Aires

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The answer to the musical question: where does improvised music thrive? Everywhere. Have you heard Lebanese trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj's recordings on Al Maslakh Records or free jazz from the Istanbul based unit Konstrukt? All that is required for improvised music to thrive are seeds planted by visiting musicians, or access to a radio. Actually, it is ...

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Vula Viel: Do Not Be Afraid

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Having once wowed audiences at the London Jazz Festival, Vula Viel acquired a more unlikely fan in the shape of Iggy Pop. Maybe it's this trio's post- punk verve that grabbed the Stooges frontman, or Pop might have been seduced by hearing the gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in such an original context.

Bex Burch was ...

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Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Marc Ribot has torn the roof off the Bimhuis several times already with his energetic trio Ceramic Dog. Anything goes, from angular songs to exuberant rock riffs to a whimsical version of jazz classic like “Take Five." Multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily can switch from distorted bass guitar to cheerful organ, and drummer Ches Smith can alternate between ...

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Colin Stetson a JazzMi 2018

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Colin Stetson
Teatro dell'Arte-Triennale
JazzMi
Milano
4.11.2018

C'è qualcosa che spinge il concerto di Colin Stetson al Teatro dell'Arte della Triennale, uno degli appuntamenti-chiave dell'edizione 2018 di JazzMi, ben oltre la spettacolare presentazione dal vivo di All This I Do for Glory, e che fa ...

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Novara Jazz 2018

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Novara Jazz 2018
Novara, Italy
May 31 to June 3, 2018

Novara Jazz is a three-week festival in Northern Italian town of Novara situated in the Piedmont region and the Po plain. It is a young and dynamic scion in the festival landscape with a strong spirit ...

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Joy On Fire: Fire With Fire

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Halloween night in 2017 saw jazz-rock legends King Crimson playing Newark, New Jersey. Among the crowd that evening were members of a local band known as Joy On Fire, paying homage to one of their major inspirations.

The name might sound gospel-inspired, but Joy On Fire draws from the eye-popping thrills of punk and ...

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g a b b r o: g a b b r o

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Have you ever considered your dog's paws? Whenever a baritone saxophone, or tuba for that matter, is introduced into an improvising scene, I think about my dog's forepaws. While you have hands with fingers designed for intricate work attached to your arms, a dog has these blunt clubs. I always considered the baritone saxophone to be ...

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Take Five With Brandon Goodwin of B's Bees

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About Brandon Goodwin:
Montreal group B's Bees is a hard swinging jazz outfit known for writing compelling original music and playing high energy interpretations of the music of past masters such as The Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Haden. Comprised of five core members, they wowed the audience at their debut concert at ...

Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook

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Hal Willner
The Stone
June 14, 15, 17, 2016

Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected artists, assigned ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 22 -July 3, 2016

It's hard to believe, with seasons that move quickly from spring into summer, that it was time, once again, for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival has grown from a weekend event into a full-blown, ...