Content by tag "Berlin"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Berlin Jazzfest 2017

Read "Berlin Jazzfest 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Jazzfest Berlin
Berlin
November 4-5, 2017

This year it was the last edition of Berlin Jazzfest under the aegis of British artistic director Richard Williams. With its “In All Languages" adage running through the six-day program as red thread, the festival still had promising ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Sven-Åke Johansson's Blue For A Moment

Read "Sven-Åke Johansson's Blue For A Moment" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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. ...

Kurt Rosenwinkel: Caipirinhas and Constellations

Read "Kurt Rosenwinkel: Caipirinhas and Constellations" reviewed by Geno Thackara

"It's the busiest I've ever been," Kurt Rosenwinkel happily declares during a rare week of down time at home in jny: Berlin between tour legs. This would seem like quite a statement for someone established as a jack of many trades--luminary guitarist, music teacher, technological experimentalist and bandleader in several genre-hopping ensembles. These recent months have ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Niculin Janett Quartet Featuring Rich Perry: No Parking Any Time

Read "No Parking Any Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

I was beginning to wonder if there were any “blowing sessions" recorded today that did not sound so blatantly contrived. From Berlin comes such a recording by Swiss alto saxophonist Niculin Janett and his quartet. No Parking Anytime features New York City tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, whose own recent Organique (Steeplechase, 2016), with Gary Versace (Hammond ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Neuköllner Modelle: Sektion 1-2

Read "Sektion 1-2" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The finest free jazz, that which is played at the highest levels, is actually quite tuneful. Not that the musicians rely on riffs or licks, or traditional themes. It is simply that the music, like an Abstract Expressionist painting, converges to form a whole. Just as a novice art student or someone without any art history ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

Although governments in Europe are withdrawing their subsidies for the performing arts and life is getting more and more difficult for performing artists to earn their living, the jazz scene in Europe continues to forge ahead. Music colleges, academies, conservatories and jazz institutes are attracting more young musicians than they can enroll. The number of jazz and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Julie Sassoon: Fourtune

Read "Fourtune" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Fourtune is British pianist-composer Julie Sassoon's first quartet recording. Sassoon's musical approach draws in equal measure on her classical training and on a love of jazz and improvised music. This marriage goes far beyond the translation of a pianistic technique from one musical area to another but becomes something far deeper and more powerfully emotionally moving ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Damir Out Loud: Graduation Day

Read "Graduation Day" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Armoniosamente bipolare, o se si preferisce crocevia di esperienze stilistiche musicali apparentemente distanti tra loro, Graduation Day rappresenta innanzitutto un progetto di sintesi tra due evidenti pulsioni creative, ovvero il cool jazz di Gil Evans -morbido, multitimbrico e corposo -e la musica balcanica. Tra queste due polarità, che Damir Bacikin (serbo di origine e berlinese di ...

Meet Don Shire

Read "Meet Don Shire" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Don Shire's club-hopping habit started in Pittsburgh, but his introduction to the capital of jazz was a 1971 Freddie Hubbard gig at New York jazz institution, the Village Vanguard. And he's still going strong 45 years later. One concert particularly stands out. “When it was over, the people just looked at each other. The feeling was, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Brötzmann / Heather Leigh: Ears Are Filled With Wonder

Read "Ears Are Filled With Wonder" reviewed by John Sharpe

Iconoclastic German reedman Peter Brötzmann has appeared in almost every conceivable combination and circumstance over the years, from the maelstrom of Last Exit to the austere horn choir of Sonore, via hook ups with almost everyone in between, counting such free jazz luminaries as Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker. However on Ears Are Filled ...


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