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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, ...

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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 ...

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Mats Gustafsson & Nu Ensemble: Hidros 6: Knockin'

Read "Hidros 6: Knockin'" reviewed by John Sharpe

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, ...

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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 ...

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Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 2

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Gent Jazz Festival
Bijloke
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 ...

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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 ...

Universal Indians with Joe McPhee: Skullduggery

Read "Skullduggery" reviewed by John Sharpe

Throughout his career multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has always appeared remarkably open to collaborations with musicians from different scenes. Sometimes these blossom into more established groupings such as his regular hook ups with the Scandinavian power trio The Thing and more recently with the English improv outfit Decoy (witness Oto (Bo'Weavil, 2010) and Spontaneous Combustion (OtoRoku, 2014)). ...

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Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit: Erta Ale

Read "Erta Ale" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Il batterista norvegese Paal Nilssen-Love è (giustamente) famoso per due cose.
Per essere uno dei più straordinari strumentisti della sua generazione e per essere anche uno dei musicisti più attivi nel proporre -e documentare in modo quasi ossessivo-le tante facce della sua intensa attività di improvvisatore.

Come molti colleghi, anche Nilssen-Love (che ...

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Music Unlimited Festival 2014

Read "Music Unlimited Festival 2014" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Music Unlimited Festival
Wels, Austria
November 7-9, 2014

Nothing about the appearance of the town Wels, in western Austria, suggests that this sleepy old commune located in the middle of a vast agricultural area is a Mecca for adventurous music aficionados. Every year, hundreds of people habitually gather from ...

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Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band in Krakow, Poland

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Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band
Alchemia
Krakow, Poland
November 18-22, 2014

Chapter Index

The Blue Shroud
Krakow Jazz Autumn
Small Group Formations
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Polish Musicians
Post Script ...


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