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Content by tag "Mark Helias"

ARTICLE: PROFILES

BassDrumBone and the New Haven Jazz Renaissance

Read "BassDrumBone and the New Haven Jazz Renaissance" reviewed by Daniel Barbiero

When they first began playing together in jny: New Haven, Connecticut in 1977, the trio BassDrumBone--bassist Mark Helias, percussionist Gerry Hemingway and trombonist Ray Anderson--were called OAHSPE. The name, which Anderson recalls having heard in Seattle from a source he understood to be Native American, is supposed to mean “sky earth and spirit." It is coincidentally ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival 2017

Read "Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival 2017" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Jazz & Wine of Peace Festival
Cormòns (GO)
Teatro Comunale di Cormòns e varie sedi nel Collio e in Slovenia
24-20.10.2017

Arrivava all'edizione numero venti il Jazz & Wine of Peace di Cormòns, che ha celebrato l'avvenimento con un disco, un libro (non solo) di fotografie (dei quali parliamo ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Maciej Obara Quartet: Dominik Wania/Ole Morten Vågan/Gard Nilssen: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A distinct vernacular, unabashedly quixotic lyricism and an authoritative style of playing are among the notable characteristics that define Maciej Obara. The Polish saxophonist and composer had performed with Tomasz Stańko in the trumpeter's “New Balladyna Quartet" project and he has recorded with John Lindberg, Ralph Alessi, Mark Helias and Nasheet Waits. Obara was also on ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mauro Bardusco - Direttore Artistico di Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival

Read "Mauro Bardusco - Direttore Artistico di Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il festival Jazz & Wine of Peace di Cormòns, in provincia di Gorizia, è una delle rassegne nazionali di maggior successo, cresciuto negli ultimi anni a dismisura certo anche grazie all'unione degli spettacoli con il vino -Cormòns si trova nel Collio Friulano, ove si producono alcuni dei migliori bianchi d'Italia -ma in primo luogo in virtù ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Basilio Sulis: Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz

Read "Basilio Sulis: Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

In tempi come quelli odierni, fatti di festival con cartelloni omologati e di proposte musicali più attente agli aspetti commerciali che ai contenuti artistici, le manifestazioni che nel corso degli anni sono riuscite a mantenere una forte integrità e coerenza rappresentano una rara e dunque pregevole eccezione.

Tra queste, possiamo sicuramente annoverare Ai ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five Women VIII – Alma Micic; Jane Ira Bloom; Laura Ainsworth; Abelita Mateus; Tash Sultana

Read "Five Women VIII – Alma Micic; Jane Ira Bloom; Laura Ainsworth; Abelita Mateus; Tash Sultana" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Alma Micic
That Old Feeling
Whaling City Records
2017

Serbian vocalist Alma Micic's 2014 Tonight (CTA Records) was a welcome addition to the jazz vocals discography because of its bold repertoire and compelling performance. Micic returns with a decidedly more focused and refined recording that mixes the new and old with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson

Read "Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When you think about it, it's not that hard to see the affinity between soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and Emily Dickinson. Despite their fame coming from two different artistic worlds (although not completely different, as it turns out, as Dickinson was apparently a talented pianist), they do have a good deal in common. Bloom is ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson

Read "Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Jane Ira Bloom, winner of the 65th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll Winners (2017) award in the soprano saxophone category, took as her inspiration for this recording, the writings of nineteenth century America poet Emily Dickinson. Such was her admiration for the poet that she composed the music for this double CD as a lyrical paean, made ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Time in Jazz compie trent'anni

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Time in Jazz 2017
Berchidda e altri comuni
8-16.8.2017

Il testo scritto quest'anno da Paolo Fresu sul programma del Festival non voleva essere tanto una presentazione delle scelte artistiche della trentesima edizione di Time in Jazz, quanto piuttosto un riepilogo in tono estremamente poetico degli obiettivi e criteri in ...

Quinsin Nachoff: Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio

Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's interesting how modern jazz performers come to the music from very different circumstances than those of players of bygone eras. Instead of learning their craft in a bar or bagnio, they went to a conservatory to sharpen their chops. What they lack in perceived street-smarts (the outdated 1950s hipster delusion of jazzman as junkie), they ...