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NEWS: RECORDING

Francois Houle's, Alexander Hawkins' And Harris Eisenstadt's Collective Trio Will Release You Have Options On November 9 On Songlines

Francois Houle's, Alexander Hawkins' And Harris Eisenstadt's Collective Trio Will Release You Have Options On November 9 On Songlines

This collective trio was born when the late (and greatly missed) Ken Pickering, co-founder and artistic director of Vancouver’s jazz festival, recommended Alexander Hawkins for the piano chair in a new Houle project for the 2014 festival. Houle already had Brooklyn-based fellow Canadian Harris Eisenstadt in mind—Harris had recently toured and recorded in his 5+1 project ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXIII Edizione

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Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz Sant'Anna Arresi 1-9.9.2018

Mettendo insieme una buona dose di ironia e di amara verità, il direttore artistico del festival Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz, Basilio Sulis, ama definire Sant'Anna Arresi come Periferia dell'Impero. Da trentatré anni, tuttavia, nella prima settimana di settembre questo lembo di Sardegna ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Louis Moholo-Moholo's Five Blokes: Uplift The People

Read "Uplift The People" reviewed by John Sharpe

At last an album which captures some of the intense excitement, wayward adventure and sheer joy of a group which has wowed audiences at festivals and clubs across Europe and North America. Uplift The People by South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo's prosaically-named Five Blokes was recorded live at London's Cafe Oto in April 2017 and represents ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Moers Festival 2018

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Moers Festival
Moers, Germany
May 18-21, 2018

The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Doek Festival 2018 - This Is Our Music

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"This Is Our Music": many sides of the flourishing Amsterdam improv scene were revealed at the 2018 Doek Festival, with well-known musicians and international guests. This event signalled the return of the Amsterdam-based collective Doek to its roots: personal projects by its individual core members. The result is a richly varied program including two nights at ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kerava Jazz 2018

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Kerava Jazz Festival
Kerava, Finland
May 25-27, 2018

The town of Kerava plays as much roll in the lives of most Finns as just its fleeting name on the station that express trains speed through on their way to the capital Helsinki, 20 miles south. Or for the international traveler ...

Alexander Hawkins / Elaine Mitchener Quartet: UpRoot

Read "UpRoot" reviewed by John Sharpe

Adventurous pianist Alexander Hawkins seems intent on exploring as many different avenues of expression as is humanly possible, having already released solo set Song Singular, (Babel, 2013), duo set Leaps In Leicester, (Clean Feed, 2016), trio set Alexander Hawkins Trio, (AHM, 2015), and ensemble set Unit[e], (AHM, 2017), as well as documents of rewarding encounters with ...

Alexander Hawkins / Elaine Mitchener Quartet: UpRoot

Read "UpRoot" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Alexander Hawkins, pianista avventuroso pur senza eccessivi salti nel vuoto, frequenta svariati organici, di cui questo --piano trio più voce --potrebbe anche apparire abbastanza usuale, se non fosse che poi, alla prova dei fatti, tutto procede abbastanza eccentrico rispetto a tale assunto.

La cointestataria del quartetto, la vocalista anglo-giamaicana Elaine Mitchener, per cominciare, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Artacts 18 in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria

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This year Ken Vandermark was the headliner at the Artacts Festival which takes place every March in the picturesque village of St. Johann in Tirol, Austria.

Vandermark presented three of his projects and shared the stage with Jaimie Branch, Andrea Massaria, Clementine Gasser, Nate Wooley, Joe Williamson, Terrie Essels, Mette Rasmussen, Susana Santos ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Decoy al Mo.Ca. di Brescia

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Decoy (Alexander Hawkins, John Edwards, Steve Noble).
Rassegna Indica
Brescia, Mo.Ca.
24.02.2018

Decoy si impernia su un trio britannico ben rodato, che unisce due colonne della seconda generazione di grandi improvvisatori, come il contrabbassista John Edwards e il batterista Steve Noble, al campione della scena più recente, il tastierista e pianista ...