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NEWS: FESTIVAL

The 39th Edition Of Montreal's International Jazz Fest starts on June 28th

The 39th Edition Of Montreal's International Jazz Fest starts on June 28th

June 28th of 2018 marks the start of the 39th Montreal International Jazz Festival. Recognized as the world's largest jazz festival by the Guinness Book, this 10-day event brings together an international roster of artists that encompass genres beyond jazz. The over 150 performances take place in 16 indoor and outdoor venues in and around downtown ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES
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 ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Cecil Taylor: Courage in Creation

Read "Cecil Taylor: Courage in Creation" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Ever since innovative artists were faced with reflecting and reacting in their art to seismic events (WWI) revolutionary science (Einsteinian relativity, Darwinian evolution, and political convolution (fascism, bolshevism) over a century ago, many faced years of scorn and condemnation. When they chose abstraction in art (Mondrian, Kandinsky) dissonance in music (Schoenberg, Bartok) or stream of consciousness ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

State and Mainstream: The Jazz Ambassadors and the U.S. State Department

Read "State and Mainstream: The Jazz Ambassadors and the U.S. State Department" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Cold War that began in 1947 and ran for forty-four years, had jazz music as its primary deterrent to global tensions, and it did more to foster good will between the U.S. and global citizens than any previous program launched by the U.S. Department of State. Jazz music, even in its Golden Age, was seldom ...

Alexander Hawkins / Elaine Mitchener Quartet: UpRoot

Read "UpRoot" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Alexander Hawkins, pianista avventuroso pur senza eccessivi salti nel vuoto, frequenta svariati organici, di cui questo --piano trio più voce --potrebbe anche apparire abbastanza usuale, se non fosse che poi, alla prova dei fatti, tutto procede abbastanza eccentrico rispetto a tale assunto.

La cointestataria del quartetto, la vocalista anglo-giamaicana Elaine Mitchener, per cominciare, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound

Read "Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

When Werner X. Uehlinger, the founder of Hat Hut Records, was asked about a statement on why he liked Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron's music, the answer was clear, short and succinct: “The quality of surprise." Uehlinger discovered Shocron's music through her work with the SLD Trio and he liked their debut Anfitrión so much that the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music

Read "Avant-Garde Party Music" reviewed by John Sharpe

Why change a winning formula? If Norwegian crew Cortex has considered that question, then the response was likely an unconcerned shrug. Studio session Avant-Garde Party Music continues firmly in the winning vein established by Clean Feed predecessors Live! (2014) and Live In New York (2016), mashing 1960s New Thing tropes with contemporary inside/outside soloing. Trumpeter Thomas ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...