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Ocean Fanfare: First Nature

Read "First Nature" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were to play a game of 'name that artist' while listening to the recording First Nature, roughly half of the contestants would identify the band as the Dave Douglas Quartet, not because Tomasz Dąbrowski has a derivative sound, but more as a compliment to his range and imagination. The Polish trumpeter, now a Scandinavian ...

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Bruford-Borstlap: Sheer Reckless Abandon

Read "Sheer Reckless Abandon" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the great joys of music can be that of distance: coming back to a piece of music, a musician/group or a discography, even, years later to rediscover it anew. While returning to music after a break of months, years...even decades...is not always a revelation, it's likely true that, if the music was appealing the ...

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Elliot Galvin: Modern Times

Read "Modern Times" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Following on from Dreamland (2015, Chaos Collective), Punch (Edition, 2016) and The Influencing Machine (Edition, 2018), Elliot Galvin's fourth album is a departure from the previous two. Here he abandons his electronic gadgetry in favour of pure acoustic instrumentation. This was a deliberate move on Galvin's part since the inspiration for album derived from witnessing a ...

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Anton Eger: AE

Read "AE" reviewed by Roger Farbey

On first listen, Anton Eger's eponymously titled debut album shares similarities in its execution with the some of the recordings of Joe Zawinul and Django Bates, and Frank Zappa's Jazz From Hell Synclavier phase. Despite the irritating hieroglyphically devised song titles, there is actually real substance to the ten compositions. For over ten years Eger has ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

(Not So) Standards

Read "(Not So) Standards" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For decades jazz standards have provided improvisers with both a vehicle and a testing ground for their creativity. In some cases they have taken more liberties than others. This week we focus on not-so-standard renditions of jazz standards, from “Take Five" to “My Favorite Things," from “Mood Indigo" to “'Round Midnight," two hours of jazz played ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

An Evening with ECM al Ravello Festival

Read "An Evening with ECM al Ravello Festival" reviewed by Francesca Odilia Bellino

An Evening with ECM
Ravello Festival
Belvedere di Villa Rufolo
Ravello
21.7.2018

Serata d'eccezione al Ravello Festival di quest'anno che ha ospitato nella straordinaria scenografia del Belvedere di Villa Rufolo an Evening with ECM una produzione speciale che ha coinvolto il trio Theo Bleckmann, Stefano Battaglia, Michele Rabbia e un'esclusiva ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

Read "Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved.

The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter ...

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Satoko Fujii: Live at Big Apple in Kobe

Read "Live at Big Apple in Kobe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Another new formation marks the eighth entry in the sixtieth-birthday series of monthly releases from Satoko Fujii. As part of the pianist's year long celebration, she has released albums as a solo performer, a duo (with Joe Fonda), a new trio configuration with Fonda and Italian saxophonist Gianni Mimmo and another with Tamura and drummer Takashi ...

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Julian Arguelles: Tonadas

Read "Tonadas" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Saxophonist supremo Julian Argüelles previously worked with the inventive pianist Ivo Neame on Escape Hatch's Roots Of Unity (Whirlwind, 2016) and with bassist Sam Lasserson and drummer James Maddren on his album Tetra (Whirlwind 2015). With over a dozen albums recorded as leader, and with his essential contribution as a member of the inimitable big band ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...