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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Attias: échos la nuit

Read "échos la nuit" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early days of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's career, there were critics who viewed the blind man with three instruments hanging from his neck--two to be played simultaneously--as posturing. Then they heard him play. Forty years later, and filtered through the influence of four continents, Michaël Attias takes up the task of improvising on two different ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

David Liebman & Jeff Coffin, Acamar Trio & More

Read "David Liebman & Jeff Coffin, Acamar Trio & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Danish percussionist and drummer Marilyn Mazur has worked with some of the greats--Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Jan Garbarek--but her latest project is unlike anything previously. She's assembled an ensemble of top women musicians from Scandinavia for her new Shamania release. It's a highlight of this episode of One Man's Jazz, and so is the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019

Read "ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
January 11-12, 2019

On January 11th and 12th, Winter Jazzfest attendees were treated to two nights of performances by some of the ECM's most vibrant affiliates. The impressions left in their wake verged on moving pictures, comprising a montage of ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Ralph Alessi

Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco, CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. After taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he set out for New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Marc Copland.

Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music

ARTICLE: RADIO

2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast!

Read "2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As they say, “a good beginning makes a good ending" and, based on the extraordinary amount of sensational new releases that have come out in less than a month, it looks like we're in it for a great musical ride in 2019. Here are two hours of gems from albums that have just been, or about ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends

Read "Imaginary Friends" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Ever leading the avant-garde, trumpeter Ralph Alessi has never been pressed for future-forward ideas or the time to express them in whatever setting best suits the music. Not counting his prodigious work alongside such leading figures as Fred Hersch, Don Byron, and Steve Coleman, in this tumultuous century alone Alessi has led and released such challenging ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Rainey: Float Upstream

Read "Float Upstream" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Da queste parti, si sa, nutriamo profonda ammirazione per Tom Rainey, percussionista geniale sia nelle cornici convenzionali che nelle ampie libertà della post-avanguardia.

Il suo quintetto Obbligato da qualche tempo si occupa di affrontare gli standards da un punto di vista si potrebbe dire cool-free ---se ci si passa l'azzardata etichettatura --innervandoli di ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il Meglio del 2018 Secondo Neri Pollastri

Read "Il Meglio del 2018 Secondo Neri Pollastri" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Anche quest'anno, faticosamente e responsabilmente, ho selezionato tra i miei numerosi ascolti dodici dischi e dieci concerti che potessero essere considerati se non “i migliori," quantomeno “tra i migliori." La selezione è fatalmente influenzata non solo dalle mie predilezioni (non si può ascoltar tutto e fatalmente ci si concentra su ciò che per qualche ragione ci ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Art Ensemble of Chicago, Federica Michisanti and other great new releases

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, Federica Michisanti and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Sometime ago everybody kept saying that the CD was dead. Judging by the growing number of new records that keep coming out at an increasing pace, the CD is still alive and kicking! Intrestgingly, as the number of new jazz albums continues to grow, this has not been at the expense of the average quality of ...