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A dialogo con Giancarlo Mazzù e Luciano Troja

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Il chitarrista calabrese Giancarlo Mazzù e il pianista siciliano Luciano Troja formano ormai da molti anni una coppia artistica molto affiatata. Messisi in luce nell'interessante quartetto Mahanada, che realizzò tre album tra il 2004 e il 2008 (leggi la recensione di Mahanatta), i due hanno poi consolidato la loro intesa artistica pubblicando i due volumi di ...


Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way

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Julian Pressley isn't exactly a household name, but it's a name every jazz aficionado should know. When he plays his alto saxophone, ears perk up because he's playing what they came to hear: music that embodies the legacy. Passionate, quick-witted, and full of new ideas, Pressley stands out in the crowd, a genuine original. Yet you ...

Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: Not Two

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Much has been written about Amir ElSaffar's Iraqi-American background and the influence that birthright has had on his music. The demographics, however, do little to prepare the ear for the exotic and completely distinctive sound that he creates. ElSaffar's Western and Middle Eastern amalgam of disciplines had best manifested itself in his sextet, the Two Rivers ...


Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

Marc Edwards: The Bowels Of Jupiter

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As you listen to The Bowels of Jupiter, you will have no special gear to protect you from the musical g-forces that will blanket your ears and brain. But you wouldn't want any, as it is these musical g-forces that make drummer Marc Edwards and guitarist Mick Barr's album an incredible listening experience.


Kris Davis & Craig Taborn: Octopus

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Combining discrete notes with splashes and collages of sound, the music of pianists Kris Davis and Craig Taborn on Octopus showcases improvisational prowess at the highest levels. The live recording challenges listeners with electric and sometimes jarring compositions that appear to send shards of musical light in every direction.

Davis provides two compositions for ...


Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound

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When Werner X. Uehlinger, the founder of Hat Hut Records, was asked about a statement on why he liked Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron's music, the answer was clear, short and succinct: “The quality of surprise." Uehlinger discovered Shocron's music through her work with the SLD Trio and he liked their debut Anfitrión so much that the ...


William Parker: Embracing The Unknown

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His is one of the most distinctive and respected voices on double bass today. William Parker, the tireless composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator and poet, is still today omnipresent on the contemporary free jazz scene. What's more, he has been consistently for the last four decades. The William Parker Sessionography: A Work in Progress by Rick Lopez clocks ...


Satoko Fujii: Solo

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Il 2017 è stato per la pianista giapponese Satoko Fujii un anno di grazia, che l'ha vista pubblicare un impressionante numero di lavori di altissimo livello nelle più diverse formazioni -come Aspiration, in quartetto con Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura e Ikue Mori, Trouble Kaze in sestetto, Peace con l'orchestra di Tokio e Invisible Hand in ...


Intervista a Stefano Zenni, direttore artistico di Metastasio Jazz

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Storico del jazz e musicologo tra i più apprezzati del nostro paese, docente nei conservatori, brillante conferenziere, collaboratore di Radio Rai, autore di libri fondamentali come Storia del Jazz. Una prospettiva globale (Stampa Alternativa, 2012) e Che razza di musica. Jazz, blues, soul e le trappole del colore (EDT, 2016), Stefano Zenni è da molti anni ...