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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Julian Lage Trio a Empoli Jazz

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Julian Lage Trio
Empoli Jazz
Giardino del Torrione
Empoli
31.7.2018

Enfant prodige della chitarra, poco più che trentenne eppure già affermatissimo per le collaborazioni con Gary Burton, Nels Cline e John Zorn, Julian Lage ha concluso la rassegna 2018 di Empoli Jazz con il suo trio di musicisti altrettanto giovani, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Julian Lage Trio Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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At a very young age Julian Lage had already gained recognition from well-known guitarists and jazz musicians (including Santana and Gary Burton) and became a protégé of Jim Hall, one of the most influential masters of the jazz guitar. These days Julian Lage himself is considered a leading guitarist. He plays with Chris Thile on his ...

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito

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By now, trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle has established himself as a solid name on the jazz scene, but like all musicians, he did not come out of nowhere. On the album Azul Infinito, he pays homage to South American music and the composers that have meant something to him.

The opener “I ...

Victor Prieto: The Three Voices

Read "The Three Voices" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On the cover of his CD The Three Voices, Victor Prieto looks as if he's going to do something crazy with his accordions. He is a giant behind the big city skyline, towering over tall buildings. It's sort of like a “Godzilla of the squeeze boxes" scene. But the accordionist doesn't look like he's bent on ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito

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While the blues is a distinctly American creation, formed, fueled, and furthered by the African diaspora, the United States holds no ownership on blue-streaked sounds. They exist beyond our borders, and Azul Infinito makes that case in artful fashion by simultaneously tapping into various South American musical forms and cultures, reshaping them, and highlighting the color ...

Matthew Stevens: Woodwork

Read "Woodwork" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Matthew Stevens has already made a name for himself through his work with artists like trumpeter Christian Scott, saxophonist Walter Smith III, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding. But he shouldn't be pigeonholed as a support player or viewed simply as sideman du jour in the eyes of the jazz world. That would ...

Michael Oien: And Now

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And now, the arrival of And Now--the debut leader date from bassist Michael Oien.

Oien, who's worked with everybody from saxophonist Uri Gurvich to guitarist Nir Felder to pianist Roy Assaf, is primed to make a strong statement here. He's done his homework and he's shown himself to be a musical pillar of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis To Tour The Pacific Northwest April 7th-13th

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis To Tour The Pacific Northwest April 7th-13th

Beginning this Tuesday, the critically acclaimed jazz outfit, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis, will hit the road traversing the Pacific Northwest and Northern California bringing their music, what the LA Times recently described as “a potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies" to both rural and urban centers. Ryan Keberle & Catharsis is: Ryan Keberle - Trombone, Melodica
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Take Five With Michael Oien

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Meet Michael Oien:
Ever since he graduated from Berklee in 2004, bassist Michael Oien has been an important part of the New York jazz scene, appearing on a countless number of dates as a sideman. Recently he recorded his debut as a leader, the consistently creative And Now for Fresh Sound's New Talent label. “This ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

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What do you get when you blend a bit of Tango, Jazz, Latin and some chamber music? The answer? Pianist Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn nine-piece orchestra delivering their Second Half album of World fusion music that is quite enticing. The album is the culmination of several years performing this particular ensemble in some ...