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ARTICLE: RADIO

Destination Africa! Part I: Mali, Morocco & Tunisia

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In this episode we'll explore jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, with a special focus on Mali, Morocco and Tunisia.

Happy Listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Daniel Freedman “All Brothers" from Bamako ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

What We Liked: 2016

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We took our top lists, found the common recordings, added a dozen of my personal faves, and presented them here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy, and feel free to post your 2016 favorites in the comments section below.


Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
Cuneiform Records
Michael Formanek

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016

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Another year is almost in the books. And while there were many things to fret about in 2016, a lack of good music wasn't one of them. A quick look back at the year reminds us that jazz legends remain strong, rising stars continue to rapidly ascend, newcomers are making their presence felt, and the dearly ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Things We Like: Novembre 2016

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By VIC ALBANI

Se state cercando un grande regalo musicale per il prossimo natale, ecco uno dei più dischi più belli e interessanti degli ultimi anni, sopra ogni etichetta, sopra ogni genere.

Before the Dawn, raccoglie lo straordinario ritorno sulle scene “una tantum" di sua maestà Kate Bush, vale a dire la ...

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Daniel Freedman

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01.Yusef Lateef -Into Something (Riverside-1961).
Elvin Jones e Barry Harris formano un'accoppiata magica. Yusef suona con il cuore, come sempre. Non mi stanco mai di ascoltare questo disco.

02. Aphex Twin -Syro (Warp-2014).
Strati infiniti di suoni e di idee. E ad ogni ascolto sento cose nuove. Come diavolo riescono a ...

Daniel Freedman: Imagine That

Read "Imagine That" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Immaginate che una musica fatta di tante musiche trovi finalmente un linguaggio perfetto, elegante, spesso riflessivo quanto solare, caldo, ma di un calore che spesso si scopre possibile anche in veste minimale. Immaginate che a portare a sintesi sia un collettivo di musicisti alla cui guida si trova un batterista senza ansie da protagonista. Se siete ...

Daniel Freedman: Imagine That

Read "Imagine That" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few can match drummer Daniel Freedman when it comes to pan-stylistic jazz presentations that cut across cultural lines. This lifelong New Yorker has found a way to bridge sonic worlds, erase boundary lines, and merge various musical languages in masterful fashion in his own work and in support of others. It's no wonder why the best ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Daniel Freedman Leads An All-Star Quintet On Imagine That, With Rhythmically Infectious Originals, A Radiohead Cover And Guest Vocal On "Baby Aya" By World Music Star Angélique Kidjo

Drummer Daniel Freedman Leads An All-Star Quintet On Imagine That, With Rhythmically Infectious Originals, A Radiohead Cover And Guest Vocal On "Baby Aya" By World Music Star Angélique Kidjo

Drummer Daniel Freedman Leads an All-Star Quintet on Imagine That, with Rhythmically Infectious Originals, a Radiohead Cover and Guest Vocal on “Baby Aya" by World Music Star Angélique Kidjo The album—to be released in the U.S. by Anzic Records on April 15, 2016—finds Freedman in league with a group of kindred spirits: guitarist Lionel Loueke, keyboardist Jason ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2015 Detroit Jazz Festival

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Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 4-7, 2015

As the world's largest free jazz festival, Detroit's annual Labor Day offering provides a rewarding, but daunting task for anyone set to hunker down in the Motor City all Labor Day weekend. This year about 60 performances were in the offing ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Freedman: Bamako by Bus

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Daniel Freedman è instancabile. Solo quest'anno ha prestato le sue “armi" percussive ad almeno tre progetti (Anat Cohen, Omer Avital, Third World Love). Ancora prima è stato il braccio destro di Angelique Kidjo e si era fatto vedere nelle session di If on a Winter Night di Sting. Aveva bisogno di un po' di tempo per farsi ...