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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz at Juan les Pins 2018

Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz at Juan les Pins 2018

The Cote d'Azur, France's legendary playground, celebrated the first jazz festival 70 years ago but the concept did not become an annual event until the early 1970s. Set beside the impossibly blue Mediterranean, jazz festivals are celebrated all along the coast from Cannes to Monte Carlo. Here we look at two major events in July, Nice ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Babel Med Music 2017

Read "Babel Med Music 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Babel Med Music 2017
Marseille, France
March 16-18, 2017

Babel Med Music is at once a public festival, a conference and a trade fare, possessing the capacity to be experienced on multiple levels, as the ratios of these aspects are juggled by the individual attendee. Its thrust is primarily towards ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucia: Paco and John - Live at Montreux 1987

Read "Paco and John - Live at Montreux 1987" reviewed by John Kelman

It's truly a shame that, all too often, artists with diverse careers become pigeon-holed, defined by the primary genre in which they first achieved notoriety. Take guitarist John McLaughlin, for instance. Ask most jazz fans about him and what will first come out of most of their mouths will include either the words “fusion," “jazz-rock" and/or ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Trio Sud: Young and Fine

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Trio Sud
Young and Fine
Dreyfus Jazz
2008

It's hard to believe that a guitarist as fine as France's Sylvain Luc has been so overlooked by supposedly comprehensive music sites like All Music Guide--especially with albums like today's Rediscovery, Young and Fine, featuring his Trio Sud group, out in the world. While ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bar De Nuit (Night Bar) New Album by Daniel Roure

Bar De Nuit (Night Bar) New Album by Daniel Roure

French cabaret, French pop and chanson have a long and rich history, from Edith Piaf’s classic recordings of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s to the soundtrack of the 1966 film Un Homme et une Femme (A Man and a Woman). And in recent years, the chanson tradition has been kept alive by younger vocalists such as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

André Jaume 4tet: Smthg Close to Smthg

Read "Smthg Close to Smthg" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Anzitutto una necessaria premessa: la strana sigla ripetuta nel titolo sta per “something" (quindi Something Close to Something) e rimanda a un vecchio album di André Jaume intitolato appunto Something e datato 1990 che sta alla base dell'incontro fra il polistrumentista marsigliese (qui in realtà solo tenorsassofonista) e il chitarrista (ma a sua volta anche polistrumentista) ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Daniel Roure. New Album "Bar De Nuit"

Daniel Roure. New Album "Bar De Nuit"

By Alex Henderson French cabaret, French pop and chanson have a long and rich history, from Edith Piaf’s classic recordings of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s to the soundtrack of the 1966 film Un Homme et une Femme (A Man and a Woman). And in recent years, the chanson tradition has been kept alive by younger vocalists such as Amélie les Crayons, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Daniel Roure: "Le Temps D'un Jazz"

Daniel Roure: "Le Temps D'un Jazz"

By Kelly O'Neil Relying on the linguistics of music as the international language is not entirely necessary to fully appreciate Daniel Roure’s Le Temps d’un Jazz. The Marseille native has been immersed in jazz and French music his entire life. It is no surprise that his composing and performing prowess feels completely natural. Roure surrounds himself with a bevy of other talented ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz à Juan 2014

Read "Jazz à Juan 2014" reviewed by Jean-Pierre Goffin

54th Jazz à Juan
Juan-les-Pins, Antibes
France

On the sunny Côte d'Azur, Juan-les-Pins offers a jazz festival every year by mixing all-stars bands, and daring to take risks in offering new artists not exclusively from the jazz sphere. Jazz à Juan (Jazz in Juan) is first of all a wonderful site, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Eberhard Weber: Resume

Read "Eberhard Weber: Resume" reviewed by John Kelman

You've got to admire German-born, France-resident bassist Eberhard Weber. Suffering a major stroke while on tour with Jan Garbarek in 2007--an association that went back more than 30 years, the two first collaborating on American guitarist/pianist Ralph Towner's Solstice (ECM, 1975) and Weber becoming the Norwegian saxophonist's bassist of choice beginning with Photo With Blue Sky, ...