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ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene

Read "Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

[This is the fourth of the All About Jazz series on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, and entrepreneurs who give us their own unique perspectives.

Jazz originated in America, but Europe has made and still makes ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alan Skidmore: After The Rain

Read "After The Rain" reviewed by Duncan Heining

In 1998, with After The Rain British saxophonist Alan Skidmore got to achieve a lifetime ambition to record this beautiful 'jazz with strings' album. Out of print for some time, its reissue is well overdue. It was once a cliché in the jazz world amongst critics that records such as this represented a descent into the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Old York: Paolo Angeli, Derek Gripper, Geoff Lakeman, John Warren & Iain Dixon

Read "Live From Old York: Paolo Angeli, Derek Gripper, Geoff Lakeman, John Warren & Iain Dixon" reviewed by Martin Longley

Paolo Angeli/Derek Gripper
The National Centre For Early Music
February 16, 2017

On this double-billed evening, acoustic guitars were found in their extreme opposites states, spreading from purity to perversion. From South Africa, Derek Gripper plays a natural axe, amplified only modestly, direct into a respectfully- distanced microphone. From Sardinia, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath - Marching to a Different Drum

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Early one August morning in 1964, seven people crossed the border by train passing from South Africa into Mozambique. It was an unusual group of people--five black men, one white man and one white woman. Any “mixing of the races" was, of course, immediately suspicious in apartheid South Africa. The six men--Louis Moholo, Chris McGregor, Dudu ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Michael Gibbs: Still Pushing The Envelope

Read "Michael Gibbs: Still Pushing The Envelope" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In a career spanning well over fifty years, veteran composer/arranger Michael Gibbs has chalked up a truly impressive range of credits, from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Jaco Pastorius, from Gary Burton to John Scofield and from Kenny Wheeler to Norma Winstone. The Zimbabwe-born maestro has worked with the very best jazz musicians on both sides of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Found Alive! Man In Blue Suede Shoes Wanted For Questioning.

Read "Jazz Found Alive! Man In Blue Suede Shoes Wanted For Questioning." reviewed by Duncan Heining

Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra
LSO St. Lukes
London
October 17, 2015

The gap between the music that Colin Towns makes and much that currently passes for jazz grew even wider last weekend. Performing compositions from his new double CD Drama with his stellar Mask Orchestra, the composer-bandleader revealed the music's potential ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Michael Gibbs and the NDR Big Band: Play a Bill Frisell Set List / In My View

Read "Michael Gibbs and the NDR Big Band: Play a Bill Frisell Set List / In My View" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Michael Gibbs è stato un protagonista del jazz britannico di fine anni sessanta/inizio settanta, ma il suo brillante esordio come orchestratore non ha avuto i riconoscimenti che meritava. Il suo primo disco Michael Gibbs e il successivo Tanglewood 63 sono opere ricche d'immaginazione, che seguono di poco le sperimentazioni elettriche di Don Ellis e anticipano di ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Avanti o indietro?

Read "Avanti o indietro?" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

La più o meno contigua uscita di reperti d'epoca di Jarrett, Osborne e Soft Machine ci induce a una disamina a largo raggio su cos'era e verso dove si muoveva il jazz, pur inteso in senso lato, nell'epoca in cui tanti ragazzi provenienti dal rock più o meno progressivo vi confluivano a frotte. Cercando anche di ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Osborne: Dawn

Read "Dawn" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Alto saxophonist Mike Osborne's career was relatively short--barely 20 years between his first gigs with the pioneering Mike Westbrook Band and his retirement from the music scene because of mental health problems in 1982. His discography is lengthy, but albums as leader are rare. Dawn draws together recordings from three relatively early sessions in Osborne's career--early, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

S.O.S.: Looking for the Next One

Read "S.O.S.: Looking for the Next One" reviewed by John Kelman

With more and more archival “finds" hitting the shelves--real or virtual--it's becoming increasingly difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Just because an old, long considered lost recording has resurfaced doesn't inherently make it worthy of release: sometimes the sound isn't up to snuff--though, if it's a stellar performance, that can sometimes be forgiven--but other ...


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