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Jean Christophe Cholet - Matthieu Michel: Extended Whispers

Read "Extended Whispers" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Album che prosegue il precedente Whispers del duo tra il pianista francese Jean Christoph Cholet e il trombettista svizzero Matthieu Michel--artisti che collaborano da quando, molti anni fa, si incontrarono nella Vienna Art Orchestra--allargando la formazione a quintetto e quindi arricchendo suoni e scenari.

Il programma prevede tredici brani originali (sei di Cholet, quattro ...

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Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band at Aghavannagh Barracks

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Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band
Aghavannagh Barracks
Wicklow, Ireland
August 14-15, 2019

Have you ever wondered what goes into a performance? For some it might just be a quick run through of familiar standards, while for free improvisers any prep at all might be anathema. But for a large ensemble rehearsal ...

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Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More

Read "Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Those artists who have been able to sustain long careers and consistently move the music forward must be celebrated, and this episode recognizes two such examples who have new recordings out at the moment: Be Known: Ancient/Future/Music from Chicago's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, the group put together in 1976 by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, and Terra Incognita from ...

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Satoko Fujii / Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Satoko Fujii's duo recordings are among her most interesting projects. Those one-on-one situations bring out creative energy in the improviser that becomes perpetual movement between musicians. The shape-shifting artist has worked this magic with Australian pianist Alister Spence, bassist Joe Fonda, violinists Mark Feldman and Carla Kihlstedt, and Fujii's husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura. Similarly, Fujii's work ...

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Satoko Fujii/Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Satoko Fujii has collected a lot of musical soul mates over her twenty-plus year, eighty-plus album career: pianist Paul Bley, her early mentor; trumpeter (and husband) Natsuki Tamura; electronics wizard/keyboardfisit Alister Spence, to name a few notables. All three have teamed with Fujii for at least one extraordinary duo album apiece, showcasing deep connections and ...

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Not Two...But Twenty! Festival

Read "Not Two...But Twenty! Festival" reviewed by John Sharpe

Not Two...But Twenty! Festival
Wlen, Poland
September 21-23, 2018

Intro There are some things worth celebrating in style, one of them being marked persistence in the face of adversity. That pretty much describes the continued existence of any jazz record label in these straitened times. To mark its 20th ...

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Ramon Lopez: Threefold

Read "Threefold" reviewed by John Sharpe

A quick glance at the discography of Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez reveals a musician steeped in diversity, both geographical and stylistic. It's striking that so few of his releases share the same line up, notwithstanding his enduring partnership with pianist Agusti Fernandez. So perhaps it's no surprise that on Threefold he pilots the debut of a ...

Marco Colonna

Read "Marco Colonna" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Denis Colin Trio, Fluide (In Situ, 1998).
Un disco strepitoso, all'apice della concezione del trio di Denis Colin. Il suono del suo clarinetto basso è stata sempre fonte di ispirazione per me. È il meno “classico" dei francesi e questo disco si fregia della maestria di Ramon Lopez. Inoltre è una sorta di concept, ...

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Destination Africa! Part I: Mali, Morocco & Tunisia

Read "Destination Africa! Part I: Mali, Morocco & Tunisia" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this episode we'll explore jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, with a special focus on Mali, Morocco and Tunisia.

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Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Daniel Freedman “All Brothers" from Bamako ...