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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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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; ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Andrew Rathbun is a Canadian saxophonist who has made a major musical statement here with this collection of suites, two of which are based on the poetry of author Margaret Atwood. Rathbun's writing shows the influence of another Canadian, Kenny Wheeler, in its lush sonority, the frequent gorgeous flugelhorn solos by Tim Hagans and the role ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charles Pillow Large Ensemble: Electric Miles

Read "Electric Miles" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You thought not, but you can put the genie back in the bottle. What we're talking about is the specter unleashed by Miles Davis with Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Davis' expanded lineup for BB with ten-plus musicians, including the electric pianos of Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, and Larry Young, Bennie Maupin playing bass clarinet, a young ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Is in the (H)air!

Read "Jazz Is in the (H)air!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Inspired by Head Full of Hair, Heart of Full of Song, Pyeng Threadgill's investigation in music about the role of hair in her life, family, community and throughout the African diaspora, this episode of Mondo Jazz builds a narrative about hair, because --whether it's a braided bun or flowing tendrils --hair has always mirrored the cultural ...