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Vision Festival 2018

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23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

Erik Friedlander's Throw a Glass: Artemisia

Read "Artemisia" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Erik Friedlander ci aveva deliziato nel 2015 con la pubblicazione di Oscalypso, dedicato a Oscar Pettiford. In quell'occasione avevamo apprezzato l'abbinamento del suo violoncello al sax tenore di Michael Blake, particolarmente riuscito. Ora, con questo Artemisia, Friedlander si presenta, sempre in quartetto, affiancato dal pianoforte di Uri Caine, altro musicista la cui duttilità impavida è in ...

ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

Erik Friedlander throws a glass of absinthe, and more new releases

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This week Mondo Jazz chats with cellist Erik Friedlander about his latest project inspired by Pablo Picasso's bronze sculpture “Glass of Absinthe." Artemisia--a visually stunning vinyl box set containing musically stunning work--features Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass and Ches Smith on drums.

And, of course, more new releases!

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ARTICLE: PROFILES

BassDrumBone and the New Haven Jazz Renaissance

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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 ...

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Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival 2017

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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: INTERVIEWS

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

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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 ...

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Basilio Sulis: Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz

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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

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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 ...