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Christoph Erb / Michael Vatcher: Yellow Live

Read "Yellow Live" reviewed by John Sharpe

At one time a drum and saxophone encounter would always invoke comparisons with the urtext of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space (Impulse, 1974). While that is still a potent model, present day practice encompasses almost every possible mood and temperament. Swiss saxophonist Christoph Erb and formerly expatriate American drummer Michael Vatcher touch on many such wayward territories ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More

Read "Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Sometimes a recording catches you by surprise. Such is the case with Swedish bassist Thomas Markusson's Open. Only one of the musicians was familiar, the pianist Naoko Sakata who moved from Japan to Sweden where she could play the kind of music that wasn't popular in Japan. Sakata definitely found the right company. Markusson is a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival 2018

Read "Vision Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Michael Moore: Live in Chicago / Felix Quartet

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Si aggiungono due nuovi lavori al sostanzioso catalogo Ramboy, l'etichetta autogestita dal sassofonista e clarinettista Michael Moore, fondata nel 1991, che documenta l'attività ampia e multiforme del musicista. La conoscenza di Moore è forse maggiormente legata alla sua presenza nel Clusone Trio, formazione nata nel 1988 con Ernst Reijseger al violoncello e Han Bennink alla batteria ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Swell: Kanreki: Reflection & Renewal

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To mark his sixtieth birthday (December 6, 2014), trombonist Steve Swell, long the pre-eminent trombonist on the NYC free jazz scene, invokes the Japanese custom of Kanreki. Although it is said to signal both a rebirth and a handing on of responsibilities, Swell shows no signs of allowing the occasion to inhibit his ambition. Over the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Doek Meets Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric

Doek Meets Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric

Doek Festival 2015: Doek meets Tri-Centric 2-7 June 2015, Amsterdam @ Bimhuis, Zaal 100, Pianola Museum, Torpedo Theater, Het Perron Sparks will fly when ten top US musicians cross the Atlantic Ocean this June to work with ten of their Dutch counterparts. Six days full of intriguing music, where audiences get to know the work of living legend ...

Bimhuis at 40: Older, Better, Business as Usual

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The Bimhuis is turning 40 and is still very much in its prime. Beginning October 1, jny: Amsterdam's venerable jazz club will celebrate this milestone with a variety of concerts, activities and special events. The Bimhuis opened in 1974 after a lengthy search for a suitable venue for improvising musicians. Over the next decades it would ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2014

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Saalfelden 28-31.08.2014

A bocce ferme il 35° Jazzfestival di Saalfelden presentava un programma meno appariscente rispetto a precedenti edizioni, con meno densità di nomi altisonanti e meno eventi imperdibili. Ma forse proprio per la mancanza di aspettative clamorose, grazie alla solida direzione artistica tra certezze e curiosità e per quelle alchimie speciali che regolano ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Platform 1: Takes Off

Read "Takes Off" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The debut recording by Platform 1 comprises a multinational cast of progressive jazz musicians who easily knock it out of the park with blazing free-bop motifs, introspective sojourns, shuffling jazz-boogie vamps and celebratory interactions. Add the often feverish solo spots and tumultuous climaxes into the mix to round out a divergent program, culminating in a highly ...

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Jan Klare's 1000: (Shoe)

Read "(Shoe)" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Inspiration can come from unexpected sources. For reed player Jan Klare, it sprung from the words of a musician who churned in him the desire to create music that was as palpable as an object made of leather or wood. Palpability can be physical as well as organic and if Klare was looking for the latter, ...