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(Not So) Standards

Read "(Not So) Standards" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For decades jazz standards have provided improvisers with both a vehicle and a testing ground for their creativity. In some cases they have taken more liberties than others. This week we focus on not-so-standard renditions of jazz standards, from “Take Five" to “My Favorite Things," from “Mood Indigo" to “'Round Midnight," two hours of jazz played ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pipe Dream: Pipe Dream

Read "Pipe Dream" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Quattro tra i nostri musicisti più interessanti; un ospite statunitense di enorme valore, duttile e creativo; un progetto condiviso nell'impostazione e nelle composizioni, con tutti i musicisti che ne firmano almeno una; delle sonorità singolari, atipiche fin dagli strumenti messi in gioco e che si intrecciano in modo suggestivo: questo è Pipe Dream, quintetto che avevamo ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rudy Royston: Flatbed Buggy

Read "Flatbed Buggy" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A veteran rhythm-man whose long list of credits includes work with Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas, Rudy Royston already had a couple releases on Douglas's Greenleaf Music label (303, from 2014, and Rise of Orion (2016), and now Flatbed Buggy continues this promising track record with a winsome set of music that manages to pull off ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mark Turner, Pipe Dream and other great new releases

Read "Mark Turner, Pipe Dream and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The summer is winding down and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up. Given the quality of what is coming our way, we duly oblige.

Enjoy two hours of gorgeous new music, including some unexpected gems from the European jazz scene like the Austrian ensemble Little Rosies Kindergarten and the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Skuli Sverrisson with Bill Frisell: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On their two previous third-season releases, Andy Zimmerman's Half Light and Lionel Loueke's Close Your Eyes (both 2018), Newvelle Records pushed the envelope just a bit away from the deeply melodic formula that they have favored across seventeen albums to date. While those vinyl releases incorporated more elements of improvisational complexity, they were hardly foraying into ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Gordon Grdina: Ejdeha

Read "Ejdeha" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Fifteen years into his study of Arabia's mysterious and resonant oud, Vancouver, Canada-based guitarist Gordon Grdina has released Ejdeha, with his equally mysterious and resonant ensemble, The Marrow.

Expanding out from his debut, Think Like the Waves (Songlines, 2006), recorded with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian, Grdina takes his jazz improvisations further into the ...

Phil Haynes: My Favorite Things (1960-1969)

Read "My Favorite Things (1960-1969)" reviewed by Geno Thackara

For some reason, cover songs almost always seem to come across more jokey in folk/bluegrass mode than any other. There's just a certain innate good humor in upbeat romps with acoustic string instruments, especially so when the treatment is applied to formerly loud rock and roll songs. Perhaps it also feels that way because such pieces ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Pasquale Mirra: la rinascita del vibrafono

Read "Pasquale Mirra: la rinascita del vibrafono" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Dopo un paio di decenni di ricerca, di importanti collaborazioni e incisioni che lo hanno portato anche all'estero, il vibrafonista Pasquale Mirra sembra aver raggiunto la piena maturità espressiva ed anche il meritato riconoscimento. Questa estate è presente in un gran numero di festival italiani: dopo essersi esibito a Umbria Jazz in duo con Gianluca Petrella, ...

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

Read "My Favorite Things(1960-1969)" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There have been several jazz projects that looked back at the popular music of the 1960's, but none have been as all-encompassing as what drummer Phil Haynes and his band Free Country do here. They touch on Baby Boomer favorites like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and James Brown, but their sweep of the Sixties is wide ...