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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

As Serious As Your Life: Black Music And The Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977

Read "As Serious As Your Life: Black Music And The Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977" reviewed by Ian Patterson

As Serious As Your Life: Black Music And The Free-Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977
Val Wilmer
408 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 78816 071 1
Serpent's Tail
2018

First published in 1977, journalist, author and black music historian Val Wilmer's As Serious As Your Life... makes a welcome print return at a ...

Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

Jason Kao Hwang: Sing House

Read "Sing House" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un gruppo solido, perfettamente amalgamato, dal suono definito e ricco di sfumature, è quanto ci offre in questo album il sessantunenne violinista cino-americano Jason Kao Hwang, figura decisamente trasversale che nell'arco di un'ormai lunga (per quanto fin troppo appartata, verrebbe da dire) carriera ha collaborato con musicisti del calibro di Henry Threadgill e Anthony Braxton, Wadada ...

Myra Melford, Zeena Parkins, Miya Masaoka: M Z M

Read "M Z M" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Magnifico trio di veterane della musica improvvisata che superano se stesse con una musica acuminata, provocatoria, anarchica ma dall'assoluto rigore interno. Vale a dire che pur infrangendo continuamente le regole del bon ton musicale e rischiando assai nel rifiuto quasi assiomatico del discorso narrativo, il trio trova con naturalezza una conversazione paritaria ma soprattutto sensata, cpunta ...

Stephanie Richards: Fullmoon

Read "Fullmoon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With the release of Fullmoon, trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards joins the ranks of Susana Santos Silva, Franz Hautzinger, Peter Evans and Nate Wooley. This enlightened group of trumpeters have taken the art of the solo to new heights with various combinations of extended technique, microtonality, free improvisation and electronic/acoustic experimentation. Here, Richards touches on almost ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners 2018

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Brilliant Corners 2018
Black Box
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
March 3-10, 2018

Compared to Dublin or cities in the UK, Belfast is usually overlooked when jazz groups tour. When the likes of Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau come to Ireland it's usually a one-stop ...

Alberto Pinton: la nostra parte del puzzle

Read "Alberto Pinton: la nostra parte del puzzle" reviewed by Marco Colonna

Scrivere di Alberto Pinton è una delle occasioni ghiotte che speravo di avere collaborando occasionalmente con la divulgazione “giornalistica" del jazz. Sapendo bene di non essere un tecnico della scrittura, ma un semplice veneratore del linguaggio, mi avvicino all'impresa con le cuffie, chiudendo il mondo fuori per la durata di un disco.

Questa ...

Jeff Cosgrove / Scott Robinson / Ken Filiano: Hunters & Scavengers

Read "Hunters & Scavengers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the 1980s, artist Jenny Holzer created short, pithy statements projected by LED lights in museums and onto Times Square. Her now famous “Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise" text sums up not only the #MeToo movement and the #BlackLivesMatter cry, but also to some extent, the music industry. The vertical construction of many jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anthony Braxton: Sextet (Parker) 1993

Read "Sextet (Parker) 1993" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Is the music of Anthony Braxton impenetrable? Frankly yes, and absolutely not. There are entire wings of his musical house, for instance his Trillium R operas, Echo Echo Mirror House, and Ghost Trance Music, that listeners find untraversable. Some folks cannot reconcile one approach with another or choose to listen solely to one Braxton musical system, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Intervista a Stefano Zenni, direttore artistico di Metastasio Jazz

Read "Intervista a Stefano Zenni, direttore artistico di Metastasio Jazz" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Storico del jazz e musicologo tra i più apprezzati del nostro paese, docente nei conservatori, brillante conferenziere, collaboratore di Radio Rai, autore di libri fondamentali come Storia del Jazz. Una prospettiva globale (Stampa Alternativa, 2012) e Che razza di musica. Jazz, blues, soul e le trappole del colore (EDT, 2016), Stefano Zenni è da molti anni ...