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No Euros Required

Read "No Euros Required" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a heavy European flavour to this episode as we explore the current scene in eleven different countries. Two albums on the Hungarian BMC label introduce BMC's latest round of releases: pianist Aki Takase (Germany) & her band, Japanic, and saxophonist Istvan Grensco & his Collective Special 5 (Hungary), which features the great American reed man, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

NY Free Quartet, Michael Gregory Jackson & Marc Jufer

Read "NY Free Quartet, Michael Gregory Jackson & Marc Jufer" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a wide variety of great tunes this episode: Club D'Elf kicks it off with the title track to their latest live set, saxophonist Muriel Grossmann and her quartet acknowledge the musical and mystical paths of John Coltrane, the New York Free Quartet's Dream Time marks their return to releasing excellent work, and the very influential ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wójciński-Szmańda Quartet, Dustin Laurenzi and More

Read "Wójciński-Szmańda Quartet, Dustin Laurenzi and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The underlying theme in this episode appears to be ensembles of varying sizes and styles. From Sweden, trumpeter Goran Kajfeš' quartet Tropique blends elements of groove, trance, improv, African with a Don Cherry on top in the new Into The Wild, while another quartet, the Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet from Poland, knocks down the walls of same-same with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ljubljana International Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Ljubljana International Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Ljubljana International Jazz Festival
Cankarjev Centre
Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 27-30, 2018

The Slovenian capital of jny: Ljubljana has rightly become in the last few years one of the most loved tourist destinations in Europe. Hugged by its namesake river, crossing it with a variety of bridges, the city ...

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Novara Jazz 2018

Read "Novara Jazz 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

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Novara Jazz 2018
Novara, Italy
May 31 to June 3, 2018

Novara Jazz is a three-week festival in Northern Italian town of Novara situated in the Piedmont region and the Po plain. It is a young and dynamic scion in the festival landscape with a strong spirit ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Goran Kajfes Tropiques: Enso

Read "Enso" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the 1970s, along with the rise in FM radio and stereo sound, a phenomena called “headphones-only album rock" was devised. A DJ might play all 26 minutes of Pink Floyd's “Shine on You Crazy Diamond" or John Coltrane's version of “My Favorite Things," at 42 minutes. In the same spirit we find Swedish trumpeter Goran ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Intervista a Corrado Beldì, Direttore Artistico di NovaraJazz

Read "Intervista a Corrado Beldì, Direttore Artistico di NovaraJazz" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Tra i festival nazionali NovaraJazz sta sempre più guadagnandosi un posto di rilievo, vuoi per l'originalità delle proposte artistiche, spesso arricchite da produzioni originali, vuoi per il modo singolare in cui vengono realizzati gli spettacoli, disseminati nel tessuto cittadino e negli spazi naturali che lo circondano. Abbiamo intervistato uno dei direttori artistici, Corrado Beldì, per sapere ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun

Read "Disappeared Behind the Sun" reviewed by John Sharpe

On the sixth release from reedman Martin Küchen's mid-sized Angles ensemble, all the winning traits so evident on previous outings are still present and correct: heart wrenching melodies, huge foot-tapping riffs, sweeping chorales and adventurous raw soloing, not least by the leader himself. Many of the same top notch players remain on board, notably trombonist Mats ...

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Oddjob: JAZZOO

Read "JAZZOO" reviewed by James Pearse

With five diversely themed full-length albums (all Grammy-nominated) under its collective belt, it was anyone's guess as to where Swedish jazz ensemble Oddjob would take its music next.

Oddjob's last release Clint (ACT, 2010) saw the quartet rework, reimagine and 'jazzify' classic Western themes by Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, et al. JAZZOO (Headspin Recordings, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Davor Kajfeš: Dialogues With Scriabin

Read "Dialogues With Scriabin" reviewed by James Pearse

You'd be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the work of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) or, indeed, Croatian jazz pianist Davor Kajfeš. Sadly neither one has been widely heard outside of their respective--or adopted--countries to date. We can celebrate, then, that the release of Dialogues With Scriabin (Headspin Recordings, 2013) brings the music of these two ...