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Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: Not Two

Read "Not Two" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Much has been written about Amir ElSaffar's Iraqi-American background and the influence that birthright has had on his music. The demographics, however, do little to prepare the ear for the exotic and completely distinctive sound that he creates. ElSaffar's Western and Middle Eastern amalgam of disciplines had best manifested itself in his sextet, the Two Rivers ...



Read "Joy" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Joy, something that we all need more of, especially on days with such lousy weather like these...

We are all familiar with the fact that music can greatly contribute to such state, and neuroscience has proved that when pleasurable music is heard, dopamine is released. Let's then focus on music that has a very ...


Flavio Massarutto, Direttore Artistico di San Vito Jazz

Read "Flavio Massarutto, Direttore Artistico di San Vito Jazz" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Promotore culturale, appassionato e studioso di jazz e di fumetto, autore di numerose pubblicazioni come Assoli di china (Stampa Alternativa/Nuovi Equilibri, 2011), coautore di Jazz Loft e del recente Sconfini. Vent'anni di Jazz&Wine of Peace , Flavio Massarutto è anche molto attivo come organizzatore di concerti e, in particolare, è Direttore Artistico di San Vito Jazz, ...


Berlin Jazzfest 2017

Read "Berlin Jazzfest 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Jazzfest 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 ...


The Slovenian Experience: Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2017

Read "The Slovenian Experience: Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Ljubljana--capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy--hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe, which held its 58th edition this year (June, 28--July, 2). The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana, residing in one half of an impressive twin ...

15 Italian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "15 Italian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

It is not unusual for colleagues and promoters from across Europe and the United States to ask me: “Which Italian jazz musicians should I check out?"

For decades, Italy has enjoyed an increasingly prominent place in the vast landscape of European Jazz. The names of some of its most famous players, like trumpeters Enrico ...


Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense

Read "Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[This is the first of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues," in which we will explore the current state of jazz around the world. Jazz has ...


Pi Recordings 2016 Releases

Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the 15 years of its existence, Pi Recordings has been the home of musical innovators both established and up and coming. Its catalogue includes works by such legends as composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and other members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The imprint is also ...


Hyper + Amir ElSaffar: Saadif

Read "Saadif" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Hyper (ossia Nicola Fazzini al sax, Alessandro Fedrigo alla chitarra basso acustica, Luca Colussi alla batteria) sono i tre quarti dell'XY Quartet (completato dal vibrafonista Saverio Tasca) e il + dopo la sigla non è un semplice simbolo matematico ma apertura verso musicisti che vogliano in qualche modo relazionarsi con le dinamiche, le visioni e la ...


SLM Ensemble: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

SLM is an acronym for Source Liminal Music as well as a tri-consonantal root of of the Hebrew and Arabic words for peace, shalom and salam. It is also the name of a composition of master double bassist Mark Dresser and composer-conductor Sarah Weaver, written for the “Deep Tones for Peace" event in April 2009, a ...