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Il meglio del 2017 secondo Nicola Negri

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Un altro anno di musica straordinaria: dodici dischi (e una manciata di concerti memorabili) per riflettere sul 2017 appena concluso. Maestri come Wadada Leo Smith e Roscoe Mitchell continuano a stupire per coraggio e coerenza; Nicole Mitchell e Satoko Fujii si confermano musiciste e compositrici di valore assoluto; si delineano nuove prospettive grazie a Irreversible Entanglements, ...


Il meglio del 2017 secondo Vincenzo Roggero

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Tempo di consuntivi e di classifiche. Piuttosto complicato, decisamente parziale ma comunque divertente estrarre dal cilindro del 2017 dodici titoli rappresentativi. Così tra conferme che profumano di classicità -Craig Taborn, Steve Coleman, Nicole Mitchell, Rob Mazurek -, debutti clamorosi -Jaimie Branch -, ritorni tanto attesi -Arto Lindsay -, connubi sorprendenti -Iggy Pop con il trio di ...

15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

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Far too many people talk about the Norwegian scene as being “interesting because it's so exotic." Those who think so, have in mind its “Nordic Tone," that distinctive mood which evokes snow, mountains and icy fjords. This kind ...


The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cochonnerie

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An unchanged line up on the eighth release from saxophonist Dave Rempis' Percussion Quartet signals a generous helping of rowdy energy and inspired oratory. As the name implies, the drums loom large with two distinctive practitioners in Tim Daisy on the left and Frank Rosaly on the right well separated in the mix (from information supplied ...


TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 22 -July 3, 2016

It's hard to believe, with seasons that move quickly from spring into summer, that it was time, once again, for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival has grown from a weekend event into a full-blown, ...


Suoni Per Il Popolo 2016

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Suoni Per Il Popolo
La Sala Rossa
Montréal, Canada
June 2-19, 2016

The final weekend of the 16th Suoni Per Il Popolo featured several notable performances by jazz-based artists: Myra Melford and Francois Bourassa; Luc Ex's Assemblee; and The Thing, with guest James Blood Ulmer.

The program by pianists ...


Mats Gustafsson & Nu Ensemble: Hidros 6: Knockin'

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An avant-garde jazz composition based on the songs of '50s rocker Little Richard. Really? Yep, that's the premise behind Swedish reedman Mats Gustafsson's large scale work recorded at the Krakow Jazz Autumn in 2013. Although best known for his small group output with The Thing and Fire!, Gustafsson has regularly assembled bigger groupings during his career, ...


Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse

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With his new Acoustic Unity threesome Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen enters the saxophone trio stakes with an ebullient swagger. Since coming onto the scene in 2006, Nilssen has become an in-demand figure, featuring in outfits such as Cortex, bassists Arild Andersen's sextet and Per Zanussi's quintet. On Firehouse, the group carves out a distinctive identity manifest ...


Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 2

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Gent Jazz Festival
Gent, Belgium
July 15-18, 2015

Part 1 | Part 2

The second half of the festival began with another themed day, heavy on the European female singer front. In fact, this was just the beginning of a definite tipping towards that ...


Jazz for Kids: Copenhagen Jazz Festival

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Jazz for Kids: Folkegaven (Kresten Osgood & Lars Greve) and Sun Ra for Kids
Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Søndermarken Park, Frederiksberg
July 10, 2015

The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a massive event, lasting 10 days, offering 1,200 concerts that envelope all corners of the Danish capital and draws an audience of about 250,000 ...