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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live Drummers From Old York: The Yamato Drummers Of Japan, Ensemble Bash & Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

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The Yamato Drummers Of Japan
Grand Opera House
February 18, 2019

The Yamato Drummers Of Japan tour regularly, a less august crew when compared to the old guard Kodō clan, more attuned to a modernised visual sense that makes their relationship with the taiko form less hardcore. Not that their ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Gianni Lenoci, madrelingua jazz

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Pianista, compositore, improvvisatore, Gianni Lenoci è un musicista che unisce rigore e libertà, creatività e rispetto rigoroso della forma. A cinquantacinque anni può vantare una impressionante discografia dalla quale si evidenza la varietà dei mondi musicali con i quali si è misurato. Chi ha avuto modo di ascoltare almeno parte dei lavori nei quali è coinvolto ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Oslo Jazz Festival 2018

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Oslo Jazz Festival
Oslo, Norway
August 15-17, 2018

Introduction The Norwegian capital Oslo bills itself as a festival city and, with around a thousand concerts each year, claims that it has the most concerts per inhabitant of any city in Europe. Included among those are the 70 plus events which made ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

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More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Fred Casadei: quello che sto ascoltando

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1. Charles Mingus, Mingus Plays Piano, (Impulse!, 1964).

Questo è uno dei dischi che amo di più, fonte di ascolto ma, ancora oggi, di studio. Ci sono soluzioni armoniche davvero moderne, ancora oggi, brani come «Myself When I'm Real» potrebbero essere stati scritti oggi... con la differenza che la passione di Mingus è ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

King Crimson: Sailors' Tales 1970-1972

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If it's a fundamental truth that adversity can sometimes bring the absolute best, creatively speaking, out of music and the people who make it, then the roughly 23 months following the release of King Crimson's classic 1969 debut, In the Court of the Crimson King (Island)--and, after a single North American tour, the breakup of its ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2

The passion and conviction of Osborne's playing was so intense that it almost always came across undiminished on recordings, whether they originated in a pub, club or concert-hall gig, or in a studio as part of a formal session. Some of his most exciting work was captured in front ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song Volumes 1 & 2 Plus Bonus Tracks

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It's hardly surprising that Mike Westbrook reigned supreme in the latter quarter of the 1960s and early 70s. His big band was voted top of that category in the late-lamented Melody Maker British jazz polls for 1970 (and the two years either side of that). In the same year, his third album, Marching Song, recorded a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nypan: Stereotomic

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You have to give people a chance to miss you sometimes. Øyvind Nypan certainly seems to understand the idea of spacing visits apart in order to have something to bring back to the table each time. His second Losen Records outing took four years to follow on from Republique (Losen, 2013), and the entire backing cast ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Keiko Higuchi and Shin-ichiro Kanda: Passing and Longing and There Is Only a Trace Left

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With a resume in music that tilts heavily toward the avant-garde end of the listenability scale, Keiko Higuchi is nothing if not challenging. Small groups dedicated to free (in every sense) improv are alternated with solo abstract sound paintings using her voice and occasionally processed piano. She sticks to vocalizing and leaves the keys to Shin-Ichiro ...