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ARTICLE: RADIO

All-Female Bands Are a Riot!

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As much as we favor a complete integration of the jazz sexes, this week we feature twenty-four bands or projects with not a single man in sight, actually in hearing. After all, how much jazz radio have you listened to (not on Mondo Jazz) with playlists made exclusively of all male bands? Here's a small contribution ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Eyal Hareuveni Best of 2013 List

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There were so many great releases in 2013 that inspired me, provoked my conceptions about music and art, disturbed my peace of mind and mainly, enriched my life. This list--presented in no particular order and enhanced with video and Soundcloud clips--represents the tip of my listening iceberg.

Kitchen Orchestra with Alexander von ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Tetsu Saitoh: Strings & The Moon

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Japanese double bass master Testsu Saitoh is relatively unknown outside Japan. Most of his discography was released by small Japanese labels, including his own, Travessia, and naturally most of his collaborations are with East Asian musicians. Though he played and recorded with Western musicians, including fellow double bass players, as on the double bass quartet tribute ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vienna Art Orchestra: The Minimalism of Erik Satie

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La musica di Erik Satie si presta naturalmente a letture ambigue. Un repertorio pianistico da una parte di incantevole ma inquieta leggerezza; dall'altra di scura, mistica drammaticità. E una lucidità filosofica che ha precorso i tempi, quanto meno nell'indicare la funzionalità del suono nella società postindustriale. Anche la Vienna Art Orchestra, in queste sue riflessioni su Satie, che risalgono ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vienna Art Orchestra: The Minimalism of Erik Satie

Read "The Minimalism of Erik Satie" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

This is starting to look like the year of Erik Satie. How else could there be two magnificent albums dedicated to his music? The first was Dan Willis and Velvet Gentlemen's The Satie Project (Daywood Drive Records, 2010), while this rerelease of 1984's classic, The Minimalism of Erik Satie, features Mathias Rüegg's large ensemble tribute to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vienna Art Orchestra: A Notion in Perpetual Motion

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Tra le big band che hanno cercato, negli ultimi decenni, di esplorare territori espressivi i cui confini risultassero sempre mobili senza perdere di fascino e solidità, la Vienna Art Orchestra di Mathias Rüegg è certamente una delle più rappresentative. La Hatology ristampa nuovamente A Notion In Perpetual Motion e l'occasione è propizia per riavvicinarsi alla musica dell'orchestra austriaca, registrata qui ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Baechlin-Newton-Voirol: In Between

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Il progetto In Between nasce nel 2006 da un'idea della pianista e compositrice svizzera Esther Baechlin che, con la voce di Lauren Newton ed i fiati di John Voirol, allestisce un insolito trio per dar forma ad una propria idea di universo sonoro. Che si trova “in between" (in mezzo, per l'appunto) a varie forme musicali, perché vi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lauren Newton - Park Je Chun: 2 Souls in Seoul

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Parole che esplodono come colorati fuochi d’artificio e parole che si spezzano, che si disintegrano in mille frammenti fluttuanti nello spazio. Onomatopee che evocano mondi fantastici e nenie dai sapori ancestrali. Suoni gutturali che sembrano raschiare le profondità dell’animo umano e delicate vibrazioni delle corde vocali che creano improvvise oasi di bucolica delicatezza. Sussurri e grida. Questa è Lauren ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lauren Newton: Soundsongs

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Non cessano mai di sorprendere le doti vocali e la fantasia improvvisativa di Lauren Newon. Dai primi anni della sua carriera professionale, quando stupiva per l'agilità acrobatica delle sue escursioni di registro e gli impossibili accostamenti timbrici (ricordate? Erano i primi anni ottanta e lavorava con la Vienna Art Orchestra) la vocalist ha continuato ad esplorare, con straordinaria lucidità, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lauren Newton - Joelle Leandre - Urs Leimgruber: Out Of Sound

Read "Out Of Sound" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This estimable trio featuring, bassist, Joelle Leandre (France), saxophonist, Urs Leimgruber (Switzerland) and vocalist, Lauren Newton (USA) explore various harmonic ranges, amid densely formulated motifs on this 2002 release. With an average track length of three and one-half minutes, the artists frame many of their themes upon sleep-related events via song titles such as, “Sleeptalk,” and ...