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Musette Explosion!

Read "Musette Explosion!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Musette Explosion is a trio featuring Will Holshouser (accordion), Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Marcus Rojas (tuba) which gives a very New York twist to a quintessentially Parisian art-form like Musette music. Together they bring this genre to new places through virtuosic improvisation and original pieces, sonic surprises and adventurous playing, shot through with a sense of ...

Live From New York: Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, Paul Lytton, Peter Apfelbaum, Marcus Rojas & Cyro Baptista

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Evan Parker/Matthew Shipp/Paul Lytton
Roulette
March 25, 2019

Originally, this gig was billed as The Schlippenbach Trio, featuring a rare NYC showing from German grand master pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach. Anticipation was high, but the day before the show, it was announced that his work visa hadn't arrived in time ...

ARTICLE: MUSICIAN 2 MUSICIAN

Gina Leishman: This New York Life

Read "Gina Leishman: This New York Life" reviewed by Michael Blake

On the late summer afternoon I visited composer Gina Leishman, we couldn't meet in her apartment because it was under repair. A pipe had burst so a friend was loaning her apartment to Gina for a few days; one of those little studio apartments that New Yorkers manage to transform into what seems like a sprawling ...

Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree

Read "Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree" reviewed by Michael Blake

Sometimes musicians transcend what is considered normal technique. They discover new worlds of sound and establish concepts previously unknown; concepts that even defy the practical methods that the inventors of the instrument intended. One person I know that has done just that is Marcus Rojas. In third grade he decided to play the tuba and, even ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Douglas with the Westerlies and Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life

Read "Little Giant Still Life" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Per questa nuova realizzazione dell'etichetta indipendente Greenleaf da lui fondata nel 2005, Dave Douglas riunisce attorno a sé l'ottimo quartetto di ottoni The Westerlies, formato da musicisti originari di Seattle (dei quali abbiamo già segnalato qualche mese fa il doppio CD omonimo pubblicato nel 2016) e aggiunge la batteria del giovane musicista di Filadelfia Anwar Marshall, ...

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

Read "Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook" reviewed by Martin Longley

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bergamo Jazz 2016

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Bergamo Jazz 2016
13-20 mar.

Tutto sommato Bergamo Jazz 2016 ha tenuto fede alle parole programmatiche di Dave Douglas, suo nuovo direttore artistico, tese a presentare “un ampio spaccato di alcune delle espressioni di questa musica in costante evoluzione...," in considerazione anche del fatto che essa “ci arriva in varie forme e ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Plunge: In For The Out

Read "In For The Out" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Trombonist Mark McGrain is one of those guys who follows his own muse. Though he's not particularly prolific, each of his albums as a leader feature some truly profound music-making. In for the Out is no exception. On his fourth album as a leader, McGrain has re-invented himself, playing with an expanded New Orleans-based group and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Plunge: IN For The OUT

Read "IN For The OUT" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A capo del gruppo Plunge, il trombonista Mark McGrain è uno dei protagonisti del jazz a New Orleans nel decennio post Katrina.
Dopo il debutto nel 1995 (Falling with Grace, Accurate Records) in un organico comprendete Bob Moses alla batteria, Avishai Cohen al contrabbasso e Marcus Rojas alla tuba, il trombonista ha ricostituito il ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz 15

Read "Umbria Jazz 15" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Perugia, vari luoghi
10--19 luglio

Oltre 35.000 biglietti venduti con un incasso di 1.500.000 euro, 450.000 presenze in città nei giorni del festival: i numeri danno ragione dell'enorme successo di pubblico di Umbria Jazz 2015. La manifestazione, come sempre articolata in appuntamenti gratuiti nel centro storico e in concerti a pagamento, all'Arena Santa ...