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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ostrava Days 2017

Read "Ostrava Days 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ostrava Days
Various Venues
Ostrava
Czech Republic
August 24-30, 2017

A newer breed of industrially-attuned tourism is evident in the city of Ostrava, in the north-east of the Czech Republic, and very close to Poland's border. One of its biggest attractions is the relatively recently retired ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Terri Hinte: Co-Creating the Image of Jazz

Read "Terri Hinte: Co-Creating the Image of Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[This is the second of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

JMOOD Records Releases "Prague After Dark" By The Roberto Magris Trio

JMOOD Records Releases "Prague After Dark" By The Roberto Magris Trio

JMood Records is pleased and proud to announce the release of Prague After Dark. This is the latest jazz project from Roberto Magris and his European jazz trio. “In fact, this trio is not so new at all,” says Paul Collins, jazz impresario from Kansas City, Missouri. “Roberto Magris, Frantisek Uhlir and Jaromir Helesic have been friends ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt Festival 2016

Read "Punkt Festival 2016" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
September, 3-5, 2016

Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Southern Norway, is a small, informal festival of internationally high artistic reputation and esteem. It takes place during the first week of September. Founded in 2005 its 12th edition as usual presented a wide range of musical performances and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miroslav Vitous: Music of Weather Report

Read "Music of Weather Report" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Potremmo subito dire che questo album è un acquisto obbligato per tutti coloro che hanno amato, e continuano ad amare, i Weather Report e, soprattutto, la loro libertà musicale e il loro spirito avventuroso.

Miroslav Vitous, contrabbassista di origine ceca, fu uno dei co-fondatori della band insieme a Joe Zawinul e a Wayne Shorter ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Catching Up With Bobby Shew

Catching Up With Bobby Shew

When trumpeter Bobby Shew left jny: Los Angeles after years of work in big bands and the film and recording studios of L.A., he made a major commitment to education. From his home in New Mexico, he travels in the US, Asia and Europe for classes and workshops with college and high school music students. Among ...

Emil Viklicky & George Mraz: Mraz & Viklicky: Together Again

Read "Mraz & Viklicky: Together Again" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In European jazz the assimilation of folkloric influences has become commonplace as the American vernacular--or more specifically the Great American Songbook--exerts less of a hold. Czech musicians pianist Emil Viklický and bassist George Mraz's collaborations on Morava (Fantasy/Milestone 2001)--with drummer Billy Hart and singer Zuzana Lapcikova--and Moravian Gems (Cube-Métier 2007) with singer/violinist Iva Bittova and drummer ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Miroslav Vitous Group: Miroslav Vitous Group

Read "Miroslav Vitous Group: Miroslav Vitous Group" reviewed by John Kelman

With the ongoing demand for historic titles to see first-time CD issue, ECM has raised the ante even further with Re:solutions: seven classic recordings, released on CD (four available for the first time and one previously only available for a limited time in Japan), vinyl and high resolution digital formats. They're all important, but 1981's Miroslav ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Otto Hejnic Trio: One

Read "One" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Otto Hejnic Trio is that relatively unusual creature, a drummer-led piano trio. The group hails from the Czech Republic where One, its debut, was recorded in late 2011. It's an impressive first release. The trio--Hejnic, Ondrej Krajňák on piano and Josef Fečo on double bass--proves to be a tight and dynamic unit. The music, all ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

A Pair On Polí5: DoMa Ensemble and Limbo

Read "A Pair On Polí5: DoMa Ensemble and Limbo" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Polí5 is a small, Prague-based imprint that takes its name from the bookstore/cultural hub from whence the music comes. The store opened its doors in 2006, but its proprietors were involved in supporting independent artists long before that. Under the name “Manuzio," they “ran the 'Apartment gallery,' held concerts and theatre performances and published low-edition book ...