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3x3: Piano Trios, vol. III

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More evidence that three is truly a magic number, as explorations of this format remain as expansive and inventive as ever...

Fred Hersch Trio
'97 @ the Village Vanguard
Palmetto Records
2018

Fine artists can aspire to appear in the Louvre someday. Comics might hope for a Las Vegas ...

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Jazz Sur Son 31 2018

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October 5th marked the start of the 2018 edition of Jazz Sur Son 31 in jny:Toulouse and its neighbouring towns. If jazz is part of Toulouse's DNA, a good reminder of this comes from the legacy of one the city's most popular artists, the singer Claude Nougaro who immortalised his hometown in the ballad “O Toulouse." ...

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Piano Trios: 3x3

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Immortal Onion
Ocelot of Salvation
Requiem Records
2017

This Polish trio seems set to confuse from the start. If you're pinning your metaphysical hopes on a jungle cat, your spiritual leanings probably lean toward ideas of oneness and harmony more than salvation from evil. Vegetables aren't exactly things we think of ...

Nat Birchall: Cosmic Language

Read "Cosmic Language" reviewed by Chris May

Spiritual jazz resonates most deeply during times of social stress and turmoil. It was, after all, created by African American musicians who were engaged with the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Later given the alternative description Afrofuturist jazz, the music had one foot planted in science fiction-inspired magical realism and the other in black consciousness-inspired ...

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Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the complete lineup for the festival’s 17th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The 2018 Festival is presented in three series — ...

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Bruselas Flamenco Festival 2018

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Bruselas Flamenco Festival
Bozar
Brussels, Belgium
February 28-March 3, 2018

In its second year, the Bruselas Flamenco Festival stretches outwards geographically, and backwards in time, to highlight the roots of the form, rather than presenting what many folks would deem the mainline of this music. In fact, not ...

Nils Frahm: All Melody

Read "All Melody" reviewed by Phil Barnes

As we try and make sense of our world there is always a temptation to simplify the complex, to set parameters or limiting factors on a choice or decision to make it manageable. For many this translates into only feeling successful if particular pre-conditions are met--say if a particular person or clique acknowledges our worth, maybe ...

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GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet

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"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star in a lost galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."

This somewhat gloomy prognosis might sound like a line straight from Douglas Adam's surrealistic comic novel ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star

Read "A Humdrum Star" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In GoGo Penguin's universe distance is a particularly relative concept. From the beginning of its voyage the trio has orbited musical worlds seemingly light-years apart; jazz, classical, dance, electronica, game soundtracks and minimalism -all fall into GoGo Penguin's gravitational pull to create a singular sonic constellation. With A Humdrum Star (Blue Note Records, 2018), Chris Illingworth, ...

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GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star

Read "A Humdrum Star" reviewed by Geno Thackara

“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."
-Carl Sagan

GoGo Penguin's snappy-yet-offbeat name is a pretty good indicator of their personality--partly inspired ...