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Yoko Miura, Gianni Mimmo: Departure

Read "Departure" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ennesimo lavoro di grande spessore da parte di Gianni Mimmo, stavolta in duo con la pianista giapponese Yoko Miura. La musica è come suo solito improvvisata, anche se qua e là fanno capolino temi presi a spunto della creatività istantanea, le atmosfere, pur nella cifra tipica della ricerca e oscillante tra rarefazione e intensa concitazione, piuttosto ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeong Lim Yang: Déjà Vu

Read "Déjà Vu" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On her excellent debut record, Déjà Vu, bassist Jeong Lim Yang proves that there's more than one way to make a first impression on a listener. Rather than taking the obvious route with up-tempo workouts or deviously complex compositions, Yang is content to carve out plenty of open space for her music to breathe. Her graceful ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan: Small Town

Read "Small Town" reviewed by John Kelman

In Emma Franz's revelatory documentary, Bill Frisell: A Portrait, the guitarist talks about the many guitars he owns, and how he rarely gets to plays them--the consequence, amongst other things, of the plight musicians face when traveling by air these days. Not three months after the film's premiere at South By Southwest this past March, comes ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent And Upcoming ECM Releases: April - June 2017

Recent And Upcoming ECM Releases: April - June 2017

Look for these recent or upcoming releases on ECM Records. Aaron Parks
Find the Way Aaron Parks: piano, Ben Street: double bass, Billy Hart: drums. For the second ECM album by Aaron Parks—following the solo release Aborescence, which JazzTimes praised as “expansive, impressionistic… like a vision quest”—the prize-winning pianist has convened a cross-generational trio featuring bassist Ben ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rema Hasumi: Billows Of Blue

Read "Billows Of Blue" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Rema Hasumi, Japanese-born and now New York City-based, calls her compositions sound stories. Those “stories" sound like tales drifting out of a dream land: untethered to time and place, free-flowing and graceful, strikingly pretty, sometimes spooky, and starkly rendered, with the input of her empathic trio that includes bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Randy Peterson, ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2016 led me to these marvelous CDs.

Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
Cuneiform Records

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has attempted in, the new millennium, to create his magnum opus. He may have succeeded ...

Masabumi Kikuchi: Black Orpheus

Read "Black Orpheus" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Black Orpheus, the solo piano CD from Japanese-born pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, may be the starkest, loneliest music in the world.

Masabumi Kikuchi (1939-2015) was a versatile, if ultimately idiosyncratic artist. Early in his career he worked with a panoply of mainstream music makers, everyone from drummer Elvin Jones, to producer arranger Gil Evans, tenor ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz for Kids: Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Read "Jazz for Kids: Copenhagen Jazz Festival" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Jazz for Kids: Folkegaven (Kresten Osgood & Lars Greve) and Sun Ra for Kids
Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Søndermarken Park, Frederiksberg
July 10, 2015

The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a massive event, lasting 10 days, offering 1,200 concerts that envelope all corners of the Danish capital and draws an audience of about 250,000 ...

Masabumi Kikuchi / Ben Street / Thomas Morgan / Kresten Osgood

Read "Masabumi Kikuchi / Ben Street / Thomas Morgan / Kresten Osgood" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The German poet, philosopher and literary critic Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829) had an affinity for the fragment as an art form and in his Athenaeumsfragment 206, he wrote about it, saying that: “[a] fragment, like a small work of art, has to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world and be complete in itself ...