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Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

Jazz em Agosto celebrates its 35th edition this year with a program entitled “John Zorn Special Edition”, for 10 days, from 27 July to 5 August, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. For the first time in the festival’s history, the entire program of Jazz em Agosto is organised around a single musician, the North- American John Zorn, celebrating ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?

Read "Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?" reviewed by Chris Mosey

In the 1940s Art van Damme swung sweetly on the accordion with cover pictures of beautiful girls sipping cocktails.

Then, in the 1950s, the ebullient Angelo DiPippo introduced the instrument to hipsters at the Newport jazz festival before going on to play in the wedding sequence of the first Godfather movie.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz em Agosto 2017

Read "Jazz em Agosto 2017" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Jazz em Agosto
Lisbon, Portugal
July 28-August 6, 2017

Where to start with my description of the Jazz em Agosto experience? The gorgeous setting of the amphitheater in the garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Fundacão Calouste Gulbenkian) in central Lisbon? The musical highlights of the fourteen concerts over ten ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mats Gustafsson & Craig Taborn: Ljubljana

Read "Ljubljana" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Congratulations to whomever conceived of this pairing of two improvised music giants. Pianist Craig Taborn and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, both born in the great white north (so to speak), Taborn in Minneapolis and Gustafsson, Umeå, in Northern Sweden. Both are original and distinctive improvisers whose paths had never crossed until the 2015 Ljubljana Jazz Festival.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

MoFrancesco Quintetto: Kucheza

Read "Kucheza" reviewed by Chris Mosey

This album features a new, jazz version of the oldest song in the world. “The Seikilos Epitaph," probably from 200BC, was found engraved on a tombstone, or stele near the ancient Greek city of Ephesus in what is now Turkey.

It was signed by someone called Seikilos and dedicated to Euterpe, most likely ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paulo Chagas/Samuel Hällkvist/Stephan Sieben: Days Are Not Days

Read "Days Are Not Days" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When an improvised recording presents itself as a meteor, some foreign object from another civilization, like Days Are Not Days does, we should rejoice that it has entered our atmosphere and like a bolide, exploded upon contact.

Okay, this recording by Portuguese saxophonist and flutist Paulo Chagas, and guitarists Samuel Hällkvist, from Sweden, and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Teresa Salgueiro: O Horizonte

Read "O Horizonte" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

There have long been two sides to singer Teresa Salgueiro's musicality: the first as a master interpreter of a song and the second a gifted songwriter. Ever since Salgueiro left the band Madredeus after 20 years of recording and touring she began a career where she first gave emphasis on covers and guest appearances but soon ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pedro Neves: 05:21

Read "05:21" reviewed by Jim Trageser

It is what it sounds like: West Coast jazz. It's probably worth pointing out, though, that the music found on Pedro Neves' sophomore album comes from the west coast of Portugal, not the United States.

You'd never guess that this is Iberian jazz, though, just from listening to it. There's no trace of fado--that ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mariza: Music is My Fado

Read "Mariza: Music is My Fado" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Listening to Portuguese fado singer Mariza, it's really hard not to be taken away by her passionate singing, charismatic stage presence, and sly sass. Yet, beneath her almost fragile and gentle appearance is a tiger waiting to spring. Ever since she burst onto the world stage 15 years ago, she swept the world with a fiery ...