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ARTICLE: RADIO

Aretha in Jazz & New Releases

Read "Aretha in Jazz & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we pay homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, looking into her early jazz forays and her influence on many jazz musicians. We'll then dive into a bin full of extraordinary new albums.

Happy listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from ...

Noam Wiesenberg: Roads Diverge

Read "Roads Diverge" reviewed by Geno Thackara

A title such as Roads Diverge probably isn't surprising from someone as well-traveled as Noam Wiesenberg. The sound largely sticks to one category--mostly-acoustic contemporary jazz with a high dose of rollicking cheer--and yet still reflects how much the young bassist has learned from his travels through life so far. The confident smoothness, eclectic writing-style and casting ...

Or Bareket: OB1

Read "OB1" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Il primo disco del bassista Or Bareket, dal didascalico titolo OB1, raccoglie sette sue composizioni originali e due arrangiamenti di brani altrui. Bareket dirige un quartetto formato dal batterista Ziv Ravitz, apprezzato sideman (ad esempio con Shai Maestro) oltreché a sua volta leader esperto, dal chitarrista Shachar Elnatan e dal pianista Gadi Lehavi, giovani talenti molto ...

Gilad Hekselman: New music on the Horizon

Read "Gilad Hekselman: New music on the Horizon" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Native Israeli and New York-based Gilad Hekselman has established himself amongst today's leading pioneers of jazz-guitar and is constantly in high demand -here, there and just about everywhere. This time around it was Hungarian saxophonist Kristof Bacso, who invited Hekselman to enhance his trio, taking on the role Lionel Loueke had played on Bacso's latest album ...

Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Si dice un gran bene di questo giovane sassofonista israeliano di stanza a New York, qui giunto al secondo lavoro da leader alla testa di un quartetto che include i connazionali Shai Maestro e Ziv Ravitz e il greco Petros Klampanis. In programma sue musiche originali e il coltraneano «Lonnie's Lament».

E in effetti ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Petros Klampanis: Chroma

Read "Chroma" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il terzo album da leader del bassista greco prosegue e sviluppa quanto espresso nel precedente Minor Dispute (Cristal Records, 2015): una musica melodicamente suggestiva, che fonde danzanti climi folk su eleganti e flessuosi arrangiamenti per archi. Dal disco d'esordio del 2011 inciso per l'etichetta di Greg Osby (Contextual Inner Circle Music) la formula strumentale viene confermata ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mark Guiliana: A Natural Progression of Research

Read "Mark Guiliana: A Natural Progression of Research" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Mark Guiliana is a prominent figure among the new wave of drummer-leaders of his generation. The upcoming album Jersey is the second with his Jazz Quartet and marks his debut for Motema Music. All About Jazz met him last July, before his performance at the Malta Jazz Festival, to speak about his ability to seamlessly integrate ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mark Guiliana: a natural progression of research

Read "Mark Guiliana: a natural progression of research" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Esponenente di punta della nuova generazione di batteristi/leader, Mark Guiliana sta per pubblicare il nuovo album del suo quartetto acustico, Jersey (Motema Music) da noi recensito in anteprima, che vede la presenza del pianista Fabian Almazan al posto di Shai Maestro. Una tappa del suo lungo tour estivo era il Jazz Festival di Malta di fine ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Oded Tzur's Releases "Translator's Note" on Yellowbird/ENJA

Saxophonist Oded Tzur's Releases "Translator's Note" on Yellowbird/ENJA

Saxophonist Oded Tzur's latest effort, Translator's Note (Yellowbird/Enja Records) is is now available! Starting in 2012, Oded led a rehearsal in Brooklyn with Shai Maestro, Petros Klampanis and Ziv Ravitz. The immediate connection between the four musicians led to the creation of the Oded Tzur Quartet, an ensemble that explores relationships between the jazz setting and Indian ...

Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

If music has the potential to tell stories, saxophonist Oded Tzur proves himself one of the jazz world's premier storytellers on Translator's Note. “Single Mother," the tune that opens the set, is a vibrant novelette, haunting and atmospheric, riding on the undertones of Indian classical music--a winding tale that gathers intensity and momentum, a sculpting of ...