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Alexander von Schlippenbach / Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 50 Years

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Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra (GUO) employs a similar head-scratching process to that utilized to make geuze, a much-treasured Belgian beer. Both elicit the “how did they do that?" question, and both seem to be a gift from Mother Nature. Schlippenbach brings together a choice assemblage of improvisers, like the ingredients of guesze (wheat ...

Rudi Mahall / Alexander von Schlippenbach: So Far

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The raw materials with which pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and clarinetist (chiefly bass clarinetist) Rudy Mahall work on the free improvisation recording So Far, are best described as untreated, as opposed to unrefined, the other definition of raw. Their music is reduced to its essential components of sound, pulse, and interplay.

The two German ...

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Christoph Erb / Jim Baker / Frank Rosaly: ...don't buy him a parrot...

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Swiss reedman Christoph Erb has a thing about the Windy City. He first visited in 2011 and discovered fertile ground for collaborations, affirmed by the 14 Chicago-centric releases on his own Veto imprint. Among those hookups is the trio here with pianist Jim Baker and drummer Frank Rosaly, which is also responsible for Parrots Paradise (Veto ...

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Die Enttäuschung: Lavaman

Read "Lavaman" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It has been twenty years since Die Enttäuschung recorded the music of Thelonious Monk, but Monk continues to be an essential component of their music making. This is also the case with Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd's music after their Monk cover band School Days (Emanem, 1975) disbanded. The concepts of Monk's music were integral in ...

Evan Parker

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In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

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Sven-Åke Johansson's Blue For A Moment

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Sven-Åke Johansson
Blue for a Moment
NI VU NI CONNU
2017

In conjunction with the film of the same name, the LP boxset Blue for a Moment was prepared as a limited release (250 signed copies) of Swedish musician Sven-Åke Johansson's music. It is in no way a complete retrospective. ...

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Warsaw Concert

Read "Warsaw Concert" reviewed by Rosarita Crisafi

Una formazione leggendaria e portabandiera della via europea del jazz: il trio del pianista Alexander von Schlippenbach assieme a Evan Parker e Paul Lovens. Dopo più di quattro decenni continuano a stupire per la loro freschezza musicale. In Warsaw Concert si ascolta una lunga suite di 51 minuti, registrata dal vivo a Varsavia il 16 ottobre ...

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Lana Meets Jazz - Sesta edizione

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Lana Meets Jazz
Lana (BZ)
01-07.05.2017

Sono ormai dieci anni che l'associazione Sweet Alps organizza Lana Meets Jazz, manifestazione inizialmente partita come una serie di concerti all'interno della locale scuola di musica e che dal 2012 si è data una configurazione più propriamente festivaliera, concentrando il programma di concerti nella ...

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2016: An Ivo Perelman Marathon

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The original marathoner, Pheidippides in 490 BC, is believed to have run from Marathon, where a battle was being fought, to Athens to inform an assembly that the Persians had been defeated. It certainly was quite the achievement, taking into account the sorry state of footwear at the time and lack of prepackaged gels and energy ...

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Schlippenbach Trio: Warsaw Concert

Read "Warsaw Concert" reviewed by John Sharpe

There can't be too many outfits still going strong after 44 years, especially with an unchanged roster. But that's exactly the situation German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach faces with his trio of countryman Paul Lovens on the drum stool and the legendary Evan Parker on tenor saxophone, give or take an occasional bassist. As a consequence ...