Content by tag "Hamburg"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ELBJAZZ 2017

Read "ELBJAZZ 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

ELBJAZZ 2017
Blohm and Voss/various venues
Hamburg, Germany
June 2-3, 2017

Although Gregory Porter was the marquee name at the sixth edition of Elbjazz, with a strong supporting cast including Joshua Redman, Jan Garbarek, Hildegard Lernt Fliegen and Youn Sun Nah, the real star of the show was the spectacular festival ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt Festival 2016

Read "Punkt Festival 2016" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
September, 3-5, 2016

Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Southern Norway, is a small, informal festival of internationally high artistic reputation and esteem. It takes place during the first week of September. Founded in 2005 its 12th edition as usual presented a wide range of musical performances and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden: Frictions / Frictions Now

Read "Frictions / Frictions Now" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

When an obscure buried treasure is reincarnated and unexpectedly arrives in your mailbox, it often looms as a source of interest. Case in point is this little known Wiesbaden, Germany-based experimental jazz group that formed in the late 1960s and recorded two limited edition LPs: Frictions (1969, Self-produced) and Frictions Now (1971, Self-produced). At the time, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Gibbs: Still Pushing The Envelope

Read "Michael Gibbs: Still Pushing The Envelope" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In a career spanning well over fifty years, veteran composer/arranger Michael Gibbs has chalked up a truly impressive range of credits, from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Jaco Pastorius, from Gary Burton to John Scofield and from Kenny Wheeler to Norma Winstone. The Zimbabwe-born maestro has worked with the very best jazz musicians on both sides of the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Michael Gibbs & The NDR Big Band: Play a Bill Frisell Set List / In My View

Read "Michael Gibbs & The NDR Big Band: Play a Bill Frisell Set List / In My View" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though his recording career dates back to the early 1960s, Zimbabwe-born arranger, composer and musician Michael Gibbs hasn't always been as prolific as a leader as he might have been. Five albums in the first half the 1970 represented his most industrious period of creativity, as teaching, television and film work and arranging for a surprisingly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

NDR Big Band: Tall Tales of Jasper County

Read "Tall Tales of Jasper County" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il nuovo progetto della NDR Big Band non è solo una conferma d'eccellenza ma mette in luce le doti di Dale Wilson, un compositore / orchestratore e professore al Connecticut College che si occupa principalmente di etnomusicologia.
Questo è il progetto jazzistico più rilevante della sua carriera. È dedicato al virtuosismo di Fiete Felsch, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

PC Energetic: Illusion

Read "Illusion" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Young German guitar-slinger Philip Czarnecki's influences derive from the rock and jazz idioms, duly exercised on his quite laudable debut album. He communicates a comprehensive scope and vivid imaginative powers via a mature outlook while working within hard-hitting jazz fusion, funk and slamming rock grooves. His fluent jazz articulations and shifting thematic overtures pose a sense ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg '72

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With Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 (2012) and Magico: Carta de Amor (2012), ECM Records began digging into its archives, unearthing two live recordings that revealed even more about a collection of artists whose reputations were already plenty secure as some of the label's most important from its early years--in the first case, pianist Keith Jarrett's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gato Libre: DuDu

Read "DuDu" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

There are a lot of high energy, wild and out there sounds screaming around in Natsuki Tamura's discography--the explosively electric Hada Hada (Libra Records, 2002), the sizzling Exit (Libra Records, 2004), and any number of unfettered collaborations with his wife, pianist Satoko Fujii. But his Gato Libre discs are one of the Japanese trumpeter's more laid-back ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leon Gurvitch: Remember Me

Read "Remember Me" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Classical versus Jazz. The former relies more on technique and adherence to the written note. It's an artistic expression that is more about the composer. Jazz is more about the performing artist, more about improvisation and seat-of-the pants creation.

Russian-born and now Hamburg-based pianist Leon Gurvitch leans hard in the classical direction. But the ...