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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: RADIO

More 2018 Faves, Christoph Irniger Pilgrim & Liberty Ship

Read "More 2018 Faves, Christoph Irniger Pilgrim & Liberty Ship" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A second week of favourite recordings from 2018 by Scott Clark, Schnell, Jason Robinson, Enrique Haneine, Steve Coleman, Nicole Mitchell and Liberty Ship. This week we also dig into some of the newer releases that have arrived: the Wing Walker Orchestra, Francesco Diodati & Yellow Squeeds, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Christoph Irniger Pilgrim among others. Top it ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fazzini e Fedrigo: nuove idee per fare musica oggi

Read "Fazzini e Fedrigo: nuove idee per fare musica oggi" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nicola Fazzini e Alessandro Fedrigo sono i direttori artistici di nusica.org, originale progetto che da qualche anno sperimenta un altro modo di sostenere, produrre e promuovere attività artistiche--qualcosa di molto diverso dalla tradizionale “etichetta discografica"--che pian piano ha iniziato anche a organizzare eventi e festival. Ma i due musicisti sono anche l'anima di XYQuartet, una formazione ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The revolution will not be televised. Those words by Gil Scott-Heron from 1970 are more relevant to today's jazz revolution than any time since the mid-1990s, when conservatively-dressed youngsters mimicked the post-bop of the 1960s and were promoted as liberators. More recently, the touted saviors rehash a quasi-spiritual fusion that stands in for à la mode ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Best of 2018: Il Mixtape

Read "Best of 2018: Il Mixtape" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il 2018 è stato un altro anno di grande rilievo per la musica che amiamo. Abbiamo chiesto ai nostri redattori di condividire le loro preferenze. Ecco che cosa ne è venuto fuori.

Buon ascolto, con l'augurio che il 2019 ci porti almeno altrettanta musica di alto livello!

Michael Leonhart “Music ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Trios, Trios, Trios and Vlek

Read "Trios, Trios, Trios and Vlek" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This final show of 2018 is highlighted by trios of the usual piano-bass-drums (Simon Nabatov-Barry Guy-Gerry Hemingway and Elias Stemeseder-James Banner-Ugo Alunni), bass-saxophone-drums (Gonçalo Almeida-Yedo Gibson-Vasco Furtado), and trumpet/saxophone/drums (Flavio Zanuttini-Piero Bittolo Bon-Marco D'Orlando). Pianist Yuko Yamaoka performs the music of Satoko Fujii from Fujii's eleventh release in 2018, and the eclectic Dutch Ensemble, Vlek, makes ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions

Read "Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Eric Dolphy's lone Blue Note album, 1964's Out To Lunch! is rightly regarded as a classic but the two records he made for the short-lived Douglas label just before that, Conversations (1963) and Iron Man (1963), have been largely forgotten, due in part to being out-of-print for many years. Now the Resonance label has done something ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wadada Leo Smith, Sabu Toyozumi & More

Read "Wadada Leo Smith, Sabu Toyozumi & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Shades of Colors, a new recording by Slovenian saxophonist Cene Resnik and his Trio Watch for Dogs puts the lie to the belief that there is no beauty in avant-garde or free jazz. There are some sublime moments in this recording as Resnik, Italian bassist Giovanni Maier and Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaučič create like master painters, ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Aka Moon - Una Doverosa Retrospettiva

Read "Aka Moon - Una Doverosa Retrospettiva" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Constellations Box 1992>2015 (OutThere Music) raccoglie i frutti dei primi 25 anni di attività del trio belga Aka Moon. La cosa che sorprende di più all'ascolto di questo voluminoso cofanetto è che il gruppo non abbia ancora ricevuto il riconoscimento internazionale che merita assolutamente. Nonostante la corposa discografia di altissimo livello finora realizzata, raccolta in questo ...