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12 Points Festival 2019

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Bimhuis
12 Points Festival
Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 25-28, 2019

Jazz, as a diverse and heterogeneous field by nature, is represented at each 12 Points edition by young musicians and groups (age 35) with a strong artistic profile and solid and attractive performance capabilities. The festival represents in a nutshell what the ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival

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In North America, there are over 100 annual jazz festivals. Only a small number of these festivals are devoted to the avant-garde, adventurous, and freely improvised music. The Vision Festival in jny: New York City is perhaps the best known festival with its celebration of improvised music, dance, and poetry. There are a few others that ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rudy Royston's Flatbed Buggy

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Rudy Royston's latest project, Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Music), is an expertly crafted, chamber-like jazz ensemble with musical influences that range from blues and Americana to rock and gospel. Featuring a stellar line-up with Hank Roberts on cello, John Ellis on woodwinds, Gary Versace on accordion and Joe Martin on bass, the music of this project is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Frisell: Harmony

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Iconic guitarist-composer Bill Frisell has chosen to primarily emphasize the Americana side of his music for his debut as a leader for Blue Note Records. When Frisell organized his new band with vocalist Petra Haden, cellist Hank Roberts and guitarist-bassist Luke Bergman he was struck by the fact that all of the band members but him ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

A Bolzano trionfa la sperimentazione

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Südtirol Jazz Festival Altoadige 2019
Bolzano e dintorni, varie sedi
28.06-07.07.2019

All'Altoadige Jazz Festival, più che in altri appuntamenti, si ha l'opportunità di verificare come un concerto jazz sia sempre un fatto unico, irripetibile, poco prevedibile, soggetto a una serie di fattori ambientali, logistici e personali. Quest'anno, ancor più che ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pipe Dream ai Festival Ground Music e Alto Adige Jazz

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Pipe Dream
Ground Music Festival, Südtirol Alto Adige Jazzfestival
Teatro Pax di Provaglio d'Iseo, Centro Trevi di Bolzano
22.06.2019; 06.07.2019

Due concerti di Pipe Dream, la prima e l'ultima di otto date che hanno percorso la Penisola dal 22 giugno al 6 luglio, permettono un confronto a breve distanza e ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Paul Bley, Yazz Ahmed, Gianluigi Trovesi, Matthieu Michel and tons of great new releases

Read "Paul Bley, Yazz Ahmed, Gianluigi Trovesi, Matthieu Michel and tons of great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Accordion players, saxophonists, clarinet and trombone players as well as compelling singers are at the heart of this week's focus on new releases. Give a listen and then make sure to support the musicians and the labels that put out this amazing music so that the prolific jazz phase we live in can go on, and ...

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Anti-Rubber Brain Factory & Sameer Gupta

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This episode features two extremely original albums from France, and they couldn't be more different. Guitarist Marc Ducret tackles Shakespeare on his Lady M. He's not the first to look to the Bard of Avon for inspiration (Duke Ellington and Cleo Laine come to mind immediately), but he may be the first one to frame one ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phil Haynes & Free Country: My Favorite Things (1960-1969)

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Tre strumenti a corde--chitarra, contrabbasso, violoncello--più la batteria del leader sono l'insolita formazione con la quale Phil Haynes, batterista dalle collaborazioni eccellenti, oltre che titolare di numerosi progetti a proprio nome, da anni scandaglia e reinterpreta il repertorio della tradizione americana. In My Favorite Things 60/69 inserisce alcuni brani dei Beatles, che americani non sono (ma ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud

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The clarinet is hardly as an exotic instrument as the oud, but both instruments have their places in modern jazz and it's always fascinating to hear how each sounds within those contexts they're placed. As a point of comparison, the music on these two releases is at once haunting and comforting, mesmerizing and intoxicating, ultimately luring ...