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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud

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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: RADIO

Best of 2018: Il Mixtape

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Il 2018 è stato un altro anno di grande rilievo per la musica che amiamo. Abbiamo chiesto ai nostri redattori di condividire le loro preferenze. Ecco che cosa ne è venuto fuori.

Buon ascolto, con l'augurio che il 2019 ci porti almeno altrettanta musica di alto livello!

Michael Leonhart “Music ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Piotr Baron, Benjamin Deschamps & More

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Pianist Jacob Sacks summoned some of the best musicians he could find to create Fishes, his latest release for Clean Feed. Saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Dan Weiss tackle Sack's quirky compositions and ideas and the result is a great recording. Also in this episode, music from a live performance ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wayne Horvitz, Kamil Piotrowicz and More

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This week we focus on a number of intriguing 'firsts.' The playlist includes acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's first foray into composing orchestral works, Wayne Horvitz' first traditional piano trio format recorded in the mountains of Montana, as well as Polish rising star pianist Kamil Piotrowicz and his sextet, Krzysztof Komeda's compositions interpreted by a top Australian ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Allison, Anais Drago, Reinier Baas and Other Great New Releases

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The new albums bonanza goes on! And we happily oblige, revelling in some gorgeous new releases, some of which will definitely end up on the “Best of 2018" lists of many critics. Surprises, confirmations, re-releases, unexpected collaborations and much more make up this week's playlist full of aural pleasures...

Happy listening!

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dominik Wania, Satoko Fujii, Alistair Spence And More

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Italian saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano's latest recording is really about love--not so much the romantic kind, but more about the love that jazz musicians and fans have for enduring compositions written by the likes of Charlie Haden, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Coltrane, Dewey Redman and Don Cherry.

And let's not forget about creative music's love affair ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gabriele Mitelli European Quartet alla Camera del Lavoro

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Gabriele Mitelli European Quartet--Urto
Atelier Musicale--XXV Edizione
Auditorium G. Di Vittorio della Camera del Lavoro
Milano
10.11.2018

Nella settimana in cui tutta l'attenzione degli appassionati milanesi era focalizzata sul festival JazzMI, il concerto dello European Quartet del trombettista Gabriele Mitelli (qui anche in veste di sax-sopranista dai vaghi sentori ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roberto Ottaviano: Eternal Love

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Dopo il lavoro dedicato in spirito a John Coltrane pur senza omaggi diretti (Sideralis) e quello precedente dedicato a Steve Lacy (Forgotten Matches), Roberto Ottaviano ha sentito il bisogno di “un “bagno mistico" in cui il Jazz si fa infine Musica Totale, ma sopratutto travalica l'idea fine a se stessa di fare musica, per scavare a ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2018

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Photos from the “Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2018" Festival held in Sant'Anna Arresi, in the south of Sardinia from the September 1st to 9th, featuring, among others, Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra, Roots Magic, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and his The Young Mothers, David Murray, Radian, Joe McPhee, James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor Duo, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Francois Houle - Alexander Hawkins - Harris Eisenstadt: You Have Options

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The late co-founder of the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Ken Pickering, recommended British pianist Alexander Hawkins to consummate this trio featuring Canadians: drummer Harris Eisenstadt (drums) and clarinetist Francois Houle. And, based on the output of this exquisite studio set, it was a sound decision to align with the pianist, who for several years has performed with ...