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Bill Frisell: Music IS

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The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...

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French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience

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Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy.

The Strasbourg festival is ...

15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

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Double your Norwegian jazz pleasure: listen to our companion Norwegian jazz mixtape while reading this article.

Far too many people talk about the Norwegian scene as being “interesting because it's so exotic." Those who think so, have in mind its “Nordic Tone," that distinctive mood which evokes snow, mountains and icy fjords. This kind ...

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PunktFestival 2017

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Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norvegia
Varie sedi
31.8-2.9.2017

Come sempre Punkt è un festival fuori dall'ordinario e all'insegna dell'imprevisto e dell'imprevedibile. Una sorta di Industria 4.0 della musica: fuori dal “circolo" dei tour estivi, tipico dei festival jazz, e poco interessato a fotografare il passato e il presente, è invece molto attento ...

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

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Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills.

In the 21st century there are countless ...

Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House

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At a 2009 ECM @ 40 celebration in Mannheim, Germany that was part of the ongoing Enjoy Jazz Festival, Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava spoke, in a public interview, about how free jazz, back in the day, wasn't really free. There were rules: no time and/or no changes, for example; with memorable melodies not impossible, but not ...

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Il meglio del 2016 secondo Luca Vitali

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Un 2016 iniziato sotto la stella nera di Bowie e la sua dipartita inimmaginabile e, verrebbe da dire, teatrale... come sempre. Blackstar per mille ragioni è il mio disco dell'anno, ma l'uomo che cadde sulla Terra è tornato su Marte e ci guarda da una diversa prospettiva...

Quaggiù, è stata un'annata niente male che ...

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LEAGUS (Herborg Rundberg & Kristian Svalestad Olstad): Lea Áigi

Read "Lea Áigi" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

LEAGUS is a Norwegian duo made up of pianist Herborg Rundberg and guitarist Kristian Svalestad Olstad. Together they make music that ranges from minimalist atmospherics to frenetic free-noise. Rundberg has studied both classical music and jazz/pop/rock, and has worked with coastal sami traditions. Olstad studied jazz/pop/rock, and is involved in improvisation and studio recording (he mixed ...

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Parma Jazz Frontiere 2016

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Parma Jazz Frontiere 2016
Casa della Musica, Teatro Regio, Palazzo Sanvitale
Parma
18-20.11.2016

Anche quest'anno abbiamo scelto il sottofinale (cioè il penultimo week-end) per compiere il nostro annuale pellegrinaggio, sempre gradito sia per la serietà della rassegna che per il fascino della città, a Parma in occasione della rassegna diretta ...

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Enjoy Jazz 2016

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2016 Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg, Mannheim & Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 24-November 1, 2016

Returning to Heidelberg and the Enjoy Jazz Festival after a three-year absence is still more than a bit like returning to a second home. Not just the same hotel (the ever-charming Hollander Hof, along the Neckar River by an ...