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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Il Meglio del 2017 Secondo Luca Vitali

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Un'annata buona, caratterizzata da alcuni graditi ritorni fuori dai canonici confini del jazz: Arto Lindsay, a tredici anni dal precedente «Salt», Jon Balke, con il secondo capitolo dedicato alla musica arabo andalusa di «Siwan», e in ultimo (ma non per importanza) John Lurie, che dopo diciassette anni di oblio forzato è tornato a farci visita nei ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jon Balke - Siwan: Nahnou Houm

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When Norwegian keyboardist/composer Jon Balke began the Siwan project in 2007 it grew out of a fascination with Andalusian culture, and an imaginary musical history. What would have happened in European and world musical development if the Inquisition had never happened? Siwan (ECM, 2009) brought together Gharnati music (represented by vocalist Amina Alaoui and violinist Kheir ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Chamoisic Festival VIII Edition

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Held in the village of Chamois, located in Valle d'Aosta (Italy), the Chamoisic Festival was founded by composer/trumpeter Giorgio Li Calzi. Since its inception, the festival has presented a wide range of music, from classical to jazz, folk and electronica, on stages surrounded by the majestic Alps.

The 8th annual edition featured the Selene ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Javier Girotto, Jon Balke, Furio Di Castri, Patrice Héral: Unshot Movies

Read "Unshot Movies" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Unshot Movies è opera di un quartetto multinazionale di grandi individualità che, oltre agli spazi strumentali, si dividono equamente oneri e onori compositivi (tre brani firmati a testa) e che, mettendo a frutto le loro diversità, realizzano un lavoro sorprendente a dispetto del suo impianto piuttosto tradizionale.

Il disco, come si intuisce dal titolo, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kongsberg Jazz Festival 2017

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival/Kongsberg Jazzmeeting
Kongsberg, Norway
July 6-8, 2017

Kongsberg, a former important silver mining town, is situated in the eastern part of Norway 55 miles west of Oslo. The Kongsberg Jazz Festival, founded in 1964 has a long tradition of offering a specific program for international guests (presenters and media people) ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vossajazz 2017

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Vossajazz 2017
Various Venues
Voss, Norway
April 7-9, 2017

Some places punch above their weight. Voss is one. With just 14,000 inhabitants, this small Norwegian town in the county of Hordaland, can boast a world-renowned sky-diving training centre, the country's foremost folk music academy, one of the best wine cellars in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jon Balke: Warp

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Progetto in solitudine del pianista norvegese, quasi un decennio dopo il suo Book of Velocity, ma qui il pianoforte-- registrato al Rainbow Studio -è accompagnato da suoni registrati e campionati, da rumori d'ambiente e da voci, il tutto processato dall'autore assieme ad Audun Kleive, già partner di Jon Balke in altri lavori, e poi missato alla ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

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Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim may lack the marquee status of countryman (and fellow ECM artist) Jan Garbarek. But he is no less adventurous, and has recently been popping up all over on 2016 ECM releases: on Mats Eilertsen's Rubicon; with Sinikka Langeland and the Trio Medieval on The Magical Forest; with Iro Haarla and symphony orchestra ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hanna Paulsberg Concept: Eastern Smiles

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Hanna Paulsberg's tenor saxophone voice is increasingly in demand for a wide variety of projects, from the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra to collaborations with Ellen Andrea Wang, Jon Balke, Andreas Ulvo, Erland Dahlen and veteran Knut Rissnaes. Yet her standing as a composer and leader of one of Norway's most outstanding young quartets has been firmly established ...