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ARTICLE: RADIO

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)

Read "My Favorite Things (1960-1969)" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

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

Read "Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud" reviewed by Doug Collette

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Il novembre di A Jazz Supreme

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A Jazz Supreme--Musicus Concentus
Sala Vanni
Firenze
2, 11, 23 e 30.11.2018

Un novembre con i fiocchi quello della rassegna A Jazz Supreme, organizzata dal Musicus Concentus nella tradizionale sede della Sala Vanni, il cenacolo della Chiesa del Carmine, in Oltrarno a Firenze. La parte conclusiva del programma ...

ARTICLE: HI-RES JAZZ

TRPTK: Breaking Genre Walls

Read "TRPTK: Breaking Genre Walls" reviewed by Mark Werlin

TRPTK, an independent new music label based in the Netherlands, produces hi-res recordings with astonishingly realistic sound quality. TRPTK's catalogue of jazz and new music erases the boundaries of musical genres, and pursues a commonality of purpose that overrides differences in cultural and national backgrounds.

Æon Trio: Elegy Elegy, performed by the jazz ensemble ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sean Moran: Sun Tiger

Read "Sun Tiger" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Trio piuttosto atipico questo messo in piedi da Sean Moran, chitarrista elettrico newyorchese d'adozione: accanto al suo strumento troviamo infatti la batteria di Vinnie Sperrazza e il violoncello di Hank Roberts, strumenti che danno vita a un suono costantemente nel guado tra rock e musica da camera.

La particolarità si palesa fin dalle prime ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ivo Perelman: Strings 1

Read "Strings 1" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Strings 1 and Strings 2 are concurrent releases--the first of seven themed albums--that also could have been subtitled “The Art of Improvisation," hearkening back to tenor sax titan Ivo Perelman's 6-volume 2016 releases, featuring longtime collaborator, cellist Mat Maneri and others. Hence, the cellist appears on both of these new Chamber-like groupings as Strings 2 also ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

(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: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...