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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Max Johnson: In the West; Borderlands Trio: Asteroidea

Read "Max Johnson: In the West; Borderlands Trio: Asteroidea" reviewed by Stefano Merighi



Max Johnson
In the West
Clean Feed Records

Un talento multiforme quello del bassista Max Johnson, in grado di spaziare dal rock al bluegrass, dal jazz d'avanguardia alla musica da camera. Tutte queste capacità mimetiche precipitano nel suo album In the West, disco che sembra contenere a fatica l'insieme ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Simon Nabatov, Max Johnson, Michael Sarin: Free Reservoir

Read "Free Reservoir" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Simon Nabatov e Michael Sarin si conoscono ormai da oltre un trentennio, da quando, in Canada, parteciparono entrambi al Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. All'epoca Max Johnson, che di anni ne ha ventisette, neppure era nei pensieri dei suoi genitori. Eppure oggi i tre si trovano insieme in quest'ottimo album, uno dei migliori ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Yoni Kretzmer: Five

Read "Five" reviewed by John Sharpe

NYC-based Israeli saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer has pulled together a dynamite cast for the debut of his quintet. Kretzmer's thoughtfully arranged compositions engender classic small group free jazz by what comes across as a little big band. It's the sort of session you might have found on the Black Saint label in its heyday, but given a ...

Thomas Borgmann Trio: One For Cisco

Read "One For Cisco" reviewed by John Sharpe

This limited edition LP documents a collectively birthed exploration spread across the two sides by the visiting German pair of reedman Thomas Borgmann and long time associate drummer Willi Kellers, who team up with NYC bassist Max Johnson. The concert took place as part of the New York Tenor Saxophone Festival at Ibeam in 2015 organized ...

Max Johnson, Kirk Knuffke, Ziv Ravitz: Something Familiar

Read "Something Familiar" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

New York native Max Johnson does not appear to require sleep. The bassist/composer, whose career spans the wide terrain from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Lollapalooza to Anthony Braxton consistently delivers fresh, adventurous, high-quality music against an ambitious output. With his now-regular working trio of Kirk Knuffke on cornet and drummer Ziv Ravitz, the group has released ...

Mikko Innanen with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille: Song for a New Decade

Read "Song for a New Decade" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Song for a New Decade joins relative newcomer, Finnish saxophonist/composer Mikko Innanen with veteran drummer Andrew Cyrille and bassist William Parker, the latter appearing on the first of the two-disc set. Innanen has won numerous European music awards and though much of his playing and recording has been regional, he has performed with drummer Han Bennink, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Max Johnson: The Prisoner

Read "The Prisoner" reviewed by Libero Farnè

L'emergente Max Johnson, cresciuto nel New Jersey e stabilitosi a New York, dopo una seria formazione e una gavetta al fianco di alcuni dei più bei nomi dell'avanguardia s'inserisce di diritto nell'ormai vasta schiera di validi contrabbassisti-leader dell'attuale scena jazzistica internazionale. Questa sua suite s'ispira ad un serial programmato dalla televisione britannica nel 1968 e rivisto ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2014

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2014" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are eleven new releases, reviewed at All About Jazz, which stood out from those I heard this year, in no special order.

Nicole Mitchell
The Secret Escapades of Velvet Anderson
(Rogue Art Records)

Sonic Projections must be flautist Nicole Mitchell's hardest blowing band. On their second outing she ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz & Wine of Peace 2014

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Jazz & Wine of Peace 2014
Cormons: 18-26.10.2014


Giunto alla 17ma edizione, il Jazz & Wine of Peace di Cormons si colloca tra i migliori festival nazionali, coniugando ricercate scelte musicali con la valorizzazione del territorio: in primis la rinomata produzione enologica del Collio.
Organizzato dal Comune e dal ...

Max Johnson: Big Eyed Rabbit

Read "Max Johnson: Big Eyed Rabbit" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Max Johnson is one of the most prolific and versatile musician/composers in music today and likely on the verge of a major breakthrough. Barely past the year's mid-point Johnson has offered three fine releases with different groups and distinctly different styles. Recording with Kirk Knuffke on cornet on Johnson's namesake trio release The Invisible Trio ...