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Blue Note's Tone Poet Series

Read "Blue Note's Tone Poet Series" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

With CD-quality streaming a reality for those with butch internet and money to burn, and vanilla streaming the reality for almost everyone else, digital music has never seemed less collectable. Why clutter your Marie Kondo-approved home with jewel boxes when much (though heaven knows not all) of the digital catalogue is available on tap? While compact ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures Vol. 1, Monday Nights

Read "Hidden Treasures Vol. 1, Monday Nights" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In the '70s composer and arranger Gil Evans, after years of outstanding studio arranging for Miles Davis and others, put together a performing orchestra which took influences from the jazz-rock and fusion concepts of the time. That orchestra released several fine albums such as Svengali (Atlantic, 1973) and There Comes A Time (RCA, 1975) and, on ...

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The Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though the name Gil Evans has a hallowed ring these days, the late composer / arranger's music remains for many aficionados an acquired taste. On the other hand, while that is the Gil Evans Orchestra performing on Hidden Treasures, Volume 1, the lion's share of the music brought to light isn't his--Evans wrote only two ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

Scenes from a life in Jazz

Read "Scenes from a life in Jazz" reviewed by Duncan Lamont

About the author Duncan Lamont is one of the UK's musical treasures. I've known who he is for years, but finally through a friend, got to meet and play with him only this year (2018) at The Pizza Express in Soho, London. Sammy Cahn, the legendary lyricist, said about Duncan, “It makes me very happy that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A tre decenni dalla morte del suo leader, esce il 7 dicembre il nuovo disco della Gil Evans Orchestra finalmente registrato in studio. Com'è noto, sia gli ultimi album della band con l'arrangiatore ancora in vita, sia il postumo Tribute To Gil (Soul Note 1989), con la formazione orfana, erano registrazioni live, spesso acusticamente carenti. Per ...

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Erik Palmberg: First Lines

Read "First Lines" reviewed by James Fleming

The playing is spare, cooled. At its best it shines like a new blade in the sunlight, with all the pointed passion of a brilliant sentence. At its lowest, Erik Palmberg's First Lines loses that shine and replaces it with sheen: the glittering finish of studio perfection. A coat worn to flesh out the music. But ...

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Mark Masters Ensemble: Our Metier

Read "Our Metier" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Masters, an extraordinarily talented and perhaps undersung arranger of large ensembles jazz, has spent a good deal of artistic energy on crafting recordings that explore other people's compositions. His Capri Records output includes The Clifford Brown Project (2003), celebrating the sounds of the too-soon-gone trumpet legend; Porgy and Bess (2005), from the George Gershwin songbook; ...

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Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There are a lot of very fine composers working with large jazz ensembles today, but what Claudia Doffinger does is in a class by itself. A native of Germany, here she leads the Austrian Graz Composers Orchestra in a program that mixes the colors and gestures of big band jazz with the language and rhythms of ...

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Lydian Sound Orchestra: We Resist!

Read "We Resist!" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Cogliere lo spirito del passato nell'affrontare il presente. Sembra essere questo il tratto peculiare della Lydian Sound Orchestra e del suo leader Riccardo Brazzale, un tratto che ritroviamo quanto mai esplicito in questo palpitante lavoro ispirato a We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, il disco-manifesto di Max Roach del 1960. L'album è stato inciso all'Auditorium Parco della ...

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Joseph Daley: Tuba Maestro!

Read "Joseph Daley: Tuba Maestro!" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Ci sono musicisti che con il proprio suono e con il proprio carattere hanno saputo dare un'impronta a numerosi e differenti contesti, pur non apparendo in qualità di leader. Joseph Daley, solista eccellente di tuba ed eufonio (ma anche di trombone a pistoni), si mise in luce per l'agilità e la precisione del suo contributo, in ...