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Tom Wheatley: Double Bass

Read "Double Bass" reviewed by John Eyles

With improvising double bassists of the calibre of Olie Brice, John Edwards, Dominic Lash, David Leahy, Peter Marsh, Marcio Mattos, Jordan Muscatello and Guillaume Viltard being regulars on the London improv scene, it is not an easy place for young newcomers to make an impression and gain a reputation. But every once in a while, a ...

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Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paul Rutherford: In Backward Times

Read "In Backward Times" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Si parla sempre troppo poco di Paul Rutherford, uno dei maestri assoluti dell'improvvisazione europea, trombonista avventuroso, scomparso nel 2007 a soli 67 anni. Sebbene il suo ruolo fondamentale nell'ambito dei linguaggi più radicali, a partire dagli anni Settanta, non sia mai stato messo in dubbio, è più facile che a essere citati siano Derek Bailey o ...

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Intervista a Roberto Bellatalla

Read "Intervista a Roberto Bellatalla" reviewed by Daniele Vogrig

Se i concetti di fraternità e universalità da sempre caratterizzano il jazz in tutte le sue forme, senza dubbio e a buon diritto Roberto Bellatalla ne può essere considerato uno dei massimi ambasciatori.

Amsterdam, Londra, Johannesburg. Quaranta anni di storia (e di storie), poi il ritorno a casa. Ammesso e non concesso che ...

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Ensemble Progresivo: Hesitancy

Read "Hesitancy" reviewed by John Eyles

Ensemble Progresivo was formed in 2007 by saxophonist/clarinetist Ricardo Tejero after he had an idea of working with improvisation within a compositional context. Although he was not the first to have such an idea, Tejero says that his method of making music was born with the band. As with several other successful London-based improvising ensembles (Roland ...

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Machine Mass Trio to Release "As Real As Thinking" (MoonJune)

Originally born as a side-project of douBt, this new trio led by Tony Bianco (on drums and loops) and Michel Delville (on guitar, bouzouki and live effects) also includes emerging Belgian talent Jordi Grognard on saxophones, bass clarinet and flute. As Real as Thinking is an amazing mix of fiery licks, catchy themes, telepathic rhythms, shamanic ...

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Freedom of the City 2010

Read "Freedom of the City 2010" reviewed by Ken Waxman

"To Thine Self Be True" is lettered above the stage at Conway Hall where London's annual Freedom of the City (FOTC) festival took place May 2nd-3rd. Although related to the philosophy of the Humanist Society that built the edifice, the slogan can be applied to the 16 sets that made up the festival.
Organized about ...