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ARTICLE: RADIO

An Embarrassment of Riches

Read "An Embarrassment of Riches" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

It's a great time to be a jazz lover, with so many fantastic new releases that it's almost overwhelming. To quote Shakespeare, it's an embarrassment of riches! This week we have handpicked some of the most exciting new music, from giants like Bill Frisell and Chris Potter to indie upstarts and international artists like Theon Cross ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More

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The Dutch powerhouse quintet Spinifex included a pair of tracks imbued with Sufi traditional music of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan on their last recording, Amphibian Ardour; they loved the challenge of fusing those styles into their irregular structures and free jazz so much that they decided to go all in on their ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jasper Blom Quartet: Polyphony

Read "Polyphony" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Saxophonist Jasper Blom's double album Polyphony, released on Whirlwind, centres around two key elements. Firstly, his long- standing penchant for adding a guest soloist to his quartet, reflected in each disc having its own additional musician. On the first CD there is trumpeter Bert Joris, with whom Blom and his quartet have played for several years, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dutch Concert Big Band: Plays Dutch Originals

Read "Plays Dutch Originals" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you think locating a needle in a haystack is strenuous, try finding something less than complimentary to say about Plays Dutch Originals, an absolutely marvelous recording by the superlative Dutch Concert Big Band. As far as can be determined, this is the only album set down (to date) by the band, which was formed in ...

ARTICLE: JAZZIN' AROUND EUROPE

Festival Jazz International Promotes Rotterdam Renaissance

Read "Festival Jazz International Promotes Rotterdam Renaissance" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

After an excellent full day program centered by national talent at Rotterdam's Festival Jazz International, two strong impressions rang very clear.

The first was that considering current performers, experimentation and ongoing tradition, the Netherlands is obviously one of the per capita international leaders regarding the size and scope of a national jazz scene.

Take Five With Thomas Winther Andersen

Read "Take Five With Thomas Winther Andersen" reviewed by Thomas Winther Andersen

Meet Thomas Winther Andersen:

Originally from Norway, Thomas Winther Andersen now lives in Amsterdam. At 13, he began playing electric bass, and after a few years his love for jazz became so strong that he decided to switch instruments and learn to play upright bass. Thomas studied music at the Amsterdam Conservatory from 1988 to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jasper Blom Quartet: Gravity

Read "Gravity" reviewed by John Kelman

With Gravity, Dutch saxophonist Jasper Blom concludes his Mainland Records trilogy--its cover perhaps suggesting something more danceable than the heads and hands that graced the respective covers of 2008's Statue of Liberty and 2011's Dexterity. Each recording has its own charms, but Gravity is, hands-down, the most upbeat and joyous of the three, and another superb ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012: October 5-6, 2012

Read "Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012: October 5-6, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 5-6, 2012
With Jazzahead! 2012--the annual European jazz trade fair--demonstrating that jazz is, if not exactly big business, then certainly bigish business, it's no surprise to find that The Netherlands' biannual Dutch Jazz & World Meeting is making the same salient point, albeit more narrowly ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dutch Jazz Week at AllAboutJazz.com

Dutch Jazz Week at AllAboutJazz.com

From November 27 to December 3, 2011, the world's longest running and furthest reaching jazz music website, All About Jazz, will celebrate Dutch jazz. During Dutch Jazz Week AAJ will highlight seven Dutch jazz artists handpicked by the AAJ editors from the the Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2010 compilation CD. Starting on November 27th, each day, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jasper Blom Quartet: Dexterity

Read "Dexterity" reviewed by John Kelman

With the impossible volume of music released each and every week, there's always that sinking feeling that something's being missed. When saxophonist Jasper Blom and his quartet delivered their showcase performance at Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2010, it became immediately clear that this was a contemporary group well worth investigating. Blom is a part of ...