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A Selection of Jazz on Sonorama

Read "A Selection of Jazz on Sonorama" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

A good record is not just an album, it is a story, and few people understand this better than Ekkehart Fleischhammer, who runs Sonorama. The label specializes in reissues and discoveries of lost jazz classics, library music, funk and soul. Every release is a labor of love and the albums in the following batch all include ...


Luciano Troja e l'arte del duo

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Luciano Troja è un pianista messinese dai molteplici interessi: ama gli standard, che sviscera e rilegge assieme al chitarrista Giancarlo Mazzù (clicca qui qui per leggere l'intervista che abbiamo fatto loro), frequenta con continuità l'improvvisazione radicale, si dedica al piano solo studiando la musica di Earl Zyndars al quale ha dedicato il CD At Home with ...


The Art of the Duo: Keys and Reeds

Read "The Art of the Duo: Keys and Reeds" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Two duos, both alike in dignity, though taking the approach to very different ends:

Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch
Live in Healdsburg
Anzic Records

What's taken these two so long? Okay, of course they've both juggled collaborations and cross-pollinations in many different contexts, and considering the nature ...

The Legacy of Big Star: Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and Luther Russell

Read "The Legacy of Big Star: Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and Luther Russell" reviewed by Doug Collette

Big Star, the late lamented forefathers of power-pop as we know it, was a star-crossed group in virtually every sense William Shakespeare might've intended. The group suffered as much external as internal strife, ranging from unforeseen business slip-ups that muffled the impact of their record releases to the equally startling departure of linchpin Chris Bell in ...

Jon Catler: Sacred and Profane

Read "Jon Catler: Sacred and Profane" reviewed by Geno Thackara

On a certain fundamental level, music really comes down to math. The notes we consider normal are based on certain frequencies of sound vibration, after all, the pitches that make sense to our ears and that we find pleasing when they react in the right ways relative to each other. Jon Catler, however, is one fellow ...


Two Sides of Marc Copland: Quartet and Solo

Read "Two Sides of Marc Copland: Quartet and Solo" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Anyone interested in discovering the fascinating story of pianist Marc Copland should start out by reading John Kelman's excellent article: “Marc Copland: Growth Through Collaboration" (2005). It follows the trajectory of an artist that has evolved immensely throughout his career, with the most radical change being the shift in instrument from saxophone to piano. This shift ...


L'eclettismo di Satoko Fujii

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Mentre è uscito Solo, primo dei ben dodici album che Satoko Fujii ha annunciato per il 2018, anno in cui compirà sessant'anni, ci occupiamo qui di tre dei numerosi ed eccellenti lavori da lei pubblicati nel 2017, che ne illustrano particolarmente la poliedricità: nel primo infatti Satoko non è al pianoforte, bensì alla fisarmonica; nel secondo ...


A Pair From Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery/Three Minutes To Four

Read "A Pair From Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery/Three Minutes To Four" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Lewis Porter is living proof that the marriage of a wide knowledge base and an open mind makes for a beautifully creative whole. As an esteemed author, a revered academic, a highly respected composer, and a first-rate pianist, Porter operates from a unique, variable-angle vantage point occupied by few others. He knows from whence this music ...


Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?

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In the 1940s Art van Damme swung sweetly on the accordion with cover pictures of beautiful girls sipping cocktails.

Then, in the 1950s, the ebullient Angelo DiPippo introduced the instrument to hipsters at the Newport jazz festival before going on to play in the wedding sequence of the first Godfather movie.


Latest From Eva-Maria Houben On Edition Wandelweiser

Read "Latest From Eva-Maria Houben On Edition Wandelweiser" reviewed by John Eyles

The last 2017 batch of releases from the Edition Wandelweiser label consisted of six albums including one by the Swiss duo of Cyril Bondi and d'incise, a double album of piano pieces by the late Hermann Meier played by Dominik Blum, and a chilling but intriguing Michael Winter album featuring readings from The Limits of Mathematics ...