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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

WDR 3 Jazzfest 2018

Read "WDR 3 Jazzfest 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Theater Gütersloh / Bunker Ulmenwall Bielefeld
Gütersloh / Bielefeld
February 1-3, 2018

WDR stands for Westdeutscher Rundfunk, which is the public radio organization of the German federal state of North Rhine Westphalia based in Cologne, the jazz capital of the federal state. WDR 3 refers to the third program-line nowadays also indicated as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ithamara Koorax: Celestial Elegance

Read "Ithamara Koorax: Celestial Elegance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Singer thamara Koorax recorded her 15th solo CD, Got to Be Real (Irma, 2012), “live in the studio" in Rio de Janeiro, the place of her birth, with her touring band--bassist Jorge Pescara, drummer Haroldo Jobim (a cousin of Antonio Carlos Jobim) and keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami, founding member of Brazil's famous fusion export Azymuth, on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jurgen Friedrich: Monosuite

Read "Monosuite" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Jurgen Friedrich doesn't play a single note of music on Monosuite, but his personality and cognitive bearing are omnipresent. While Friedrich's piano was at the heart of the sound on the trio-based Pollock, he removes his hands from the ivories on this follow-up date, allowing a cadre of string players and a highly flexible foursome ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jürgen Friedrich Releases "Monosuite" for String Orchestra and Improvisers on Pirouet Records

Jürgen Friedrich Releases "Monosuite" for String Orchestra and Improvisers on Pirouet Records

Jürgen Friedrich composer, conductor Hayden Chisholm alto saxophone Achim Kaufmann pianoJohn Hébert bassJohn Hollenbeck drums Sequenza String Orchestra 1st violin: Gerdur Gunnarsdóttir, Constanze Sannemüller, Elias Schödel, Adrian Bleyer, Kira Kohlmann, Christine Rox 2nd violin: Irmgard Zavelberg, Mirjam Steymans, Alwin Moser, Naomi Binder, Adi Czeige viola: Marla Hansen, Pauline Moser, Yodfat Miron, Andrea Sanz-Vela, Valentin Alexandru cello: Ulrike Zavelberg, Teemu Myöhänen, Nil ...

Jurgen Friedrich: Pollock

Read "Pollock" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pianist Jürgen Friedrich, bassist John Hebert and drummer Tony Moreno banded together in 1998 when Friedrich, who was on a visit to the United States, met the other two at a jam session. The empathy between them was instant and they decided to team up. They hit the road, creating an ambience that was snug in ...

Juergen Friedrich: Pollock

Read "Pollock" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), the Abstract Expressionist American painter best known for his “drip paintings" produced from 1947 to 1950, loved and was inspired by jazz. The innovative music of that time in the genre was Bird (Charlie Parker), Dizzy Gillespie and the burgeoning bebop sounds that Pollack would listen to while he created. Jazz has loved ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jurgen Friedrich: Seismo

Read "Seismo" reviewed by Nic Jones

A sense of restraint pervades this whole programme of piano trio music, and it works to make it less compelling, especially when the underlying approach is oblique both harmonically and rhythmically.

On one level the trio seems to be trying to make maximum use of minimum material. While this approach can result in music that demands ...