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Various Artists: Newvelle Muri

Read "Newvelle Muri" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Collins

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival
Ambleside, UK
August 29-September 1, 2019

'Music that requires a different kind of listening' were the words Derek Hook used, to describe the essence of the Ambleside Days Festival programme at the start of the third edition of this small but top quality festival.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trish Clowes: Ninety Degrees Gravity

Read "Ninety Degrees Gravity" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Trish Clowes' stock has risen steadily since her debut, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), which featured jazz quartet and, on several tracks, orchestra. That record announced a promising and ambitious voice, one equally at home with jazz and classical colors. Since then the saxophonist has continued to explore the meeting of jazz, voice and strings, attracting a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Earthworks Complete

Read "Earthworks Complete" reviewed by John Kelman

Since retiring as a professional musician in 2009, progressive/art rock turned jazz drummer Bill Bruford has successfully managed to maintained a place in the public eye. Beyond his engaging, informative and successful Bill Bruford: The Autobiography (Jawbone Press, 2009), the drummer/percussionist has more recently released a second, equally captivating book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer ...

Q4: Uphill Struggle

Read "Uphill Struggle" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Saxophone quartets are a relatively infrequent phenomenon in jazz. Perhaps the last one to cause a stir was the Delta Saxophone Quartet whose albums Crimson! (Basho Records, 2016) and Bowie, Berlin & Beyond (FMR Records, 2018) offered new perspectives on the music of King Crimson and David Bowie respectively. But even the DSQ relied on occasional ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Walker: Ropes

Read "Ropes" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Ropes is Manchester-based guitarist Mike Walker's second album as a leader and it couldn't be much more different from his fusion-oriented debut Madhouse and the Whole Thing There (Hidden Idiom, 2008). This album is a jazz-with-strings affair and a fine one at that. The mood is mostly gentler, more reflective and more pastoral than on his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pat Metheny at Merriam Theater

Read "Pat Metheny at Merriam Theater" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pat Metheny
2018 World Tour
Kimmel Center Presents
Merriam Theater
Philadelphia, PA
October 5, 2018

I have covered the jazz “waterfront" for All About Jazz over the past two decades and although I have taken in a lot of territory, I often find ...

David Lyttle: Leading Jazz Into The Hinterlands

Read "David Lyttle: Leading Jazz Into The Hinterlands" reviewed by Ian Patterson

There was a time when jazz groups would zig-zag all over the country, by train, in customized buses or in cars, playing date after date in towns big and small. Tours that kept a band on the road for months at a time were once the norm for many jazz outfits--the bread and butter of countless ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Pat Metheny: Driving Forces

Read "Pat Metheny: Driving Forces" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been five years since Pat Metheny was last interviewed by All About Jazz, a not inconsiderable period of time in any working musician's life and particularly in one quite as prolific as the Missouri guitarist/composer. At the time, Metheny was promoting his Unity Band featuring Chris Potter, Ben Williams and Antonio Sánchez. His unconcealed enthusiasm ...

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Pat Metheny at Cologne Philharmonic

Read "Pat Metheny at Cologne Philharmonic" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Pat Metheny
Philharmonic Hall
Cologne, Germany
October 28, 2017

Pat Metheny remains a highly popular, award winning force in the music business after more than four decades. The still-amazing guitarist and his current ensemble demonstrated exactly why, many times over, during their dynamic set in Cologne's beautiful symphony hall. This extensive ...