Content by tag "ACT Music"

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4 Wheel Drive: 4 Wheel Drive

Read "4 Wheel Drive" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It may not quite be the loud and fast thrill-ride one might guess from the title, but that doesn't mean it lacks a few fun twists and turns. Here we have four world-class players who can (and sometimes do) carry a whole performance on their own, agreeing to mesh as equals and—more importantly—staying generous and supportive ...

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Piano in Solitude

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There are people who play the piano, and then there are some who create a whole other state of consciousness with it. While these three may not be among the more common household names in the jazz world, here they each offer a master class in the craft to make you wonder just why the hell ...

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4 Wheel Drive: 4 Wheel Drive

Read "4 Wheel Drive" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Sometimes it's not so much who's doing the playing as how well they play together. Just as some bands seem to perform beyond their individual skill sets, there have been heavily heralded, much hyped “super groups" that amounted to almost nothing of substance.

In the case of 4 Wheel Drive, a quartet consisting of ...

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Joachim Kuhn: Melodic Ornette Coleman: Piano Works XIII

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Reportedly, Ornette Coleman did not have a great affinity for pianists, but it was the instrument--rather than the musicians--that put Coleman off. As an innovator in free jazz, Coleman found the chordal instrument too intrusive and preferred a more sympathetic bass/soloist interaction. Coleman did record with pianists Geri Allen and Paul Bley, but he established a ...

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Vincent Peirani: Living Being II - Night Walker

Read "Living Being II - Night Walker" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Led Zeppelin and the accordion is an unlikely pairing, but then so is a collection that mixes the compositions of Robert Plant, John Bonham and Jimmy Page with Sonny Bono. Nice, France native and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Peirani has recorded five albums as a leader/co-leader for ACT Records. Living Being ll--Night Walker is the follow up to ...

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Piano Trios: 3x3

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Immortal Onion
Ocelot of Salvation
Requiem Records
2017

This Polish trio seems set to confuse from the start. If you're pinning your metaphysical hopes on a jungle cat, your spiritual leanings probably lean toward ideas of oneness and harmony more than salvation from evil. Vegetables aren't exactly things we think of ...

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Stefano Bollani Trio: Mediterraneo. Jazz at Berlin Philarmonic

Read "Mediterraneo. Jazz at Berlin Philarmonic" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il diciassettesimo disco per la serie Jazz at Berlin Philarmonic, diretta da Siggi Loch e pubblicata dalla ACT, sposta l'attenzione dal jazz centro e nord europeo per mettere a fuoco l'Italia.

Protagonista della serata documentata su disco, il 12 Giugno 2017, era Stefano Bollani, alla testa del suo “trio danese," ma affiancato anche dal ...

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Scott DuBois: Autumn Wind

Read "Autumn Wind" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ottimo chitarrista ed eccellente compositore, il quarantenne Scott DuBois è tra i musicisti più interessanti in circolazione e negli ultimi anni ha proposto lavori di tutto rispetto, tra i quali spicca nel 2015 Winter Light, per la ACT, in quartetto con Gebhard Ullmann, Thomas Morgan e Kresten Osgood, cioè la medesima formazione di questo Autumn Wind, ...

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Lars Danielsson/Paolo Fresu: Summerwind

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ACT Music brings together a pair of virtuosos in Lars Danielsson and Paolo Fresu, for the duo outing Summerwind. Both are well-known for their melodic and expressive playing as well as an innate gift for spontaneity. Recorded in the Swedish seaport city of Gothenburg, in early 2018, the album incorporates elements of folk, classical and jazz ...

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Esbjorn Svensson Trio: e.s.t. live in london

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Ten years on from the tragic death of Esbjörn Svensson, it's easy to forget just how ground-breaking e.s.t. was. Its seamless embrace of jazz, pop, rock and electronics aesthetics brought CD sales and a following more typical of successful pop acts. It was also the first European jazz band on the cover of Downbeat. Easy to ...