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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Berlin

Read "Jazzdor Berlin" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Kulturbrauerei (Prenzlauer Berg)
Jazzdor Berlin
June 5-8, 2018

Jazzdor Berlin is a satellite of the Jazzdor Festival of Strasbourg founded 31 years ago. This year's 12th edition of the Franco-German festival held as usual at Kulturbrauerei, an abandoned brewery in Berlin borough Prenzlauer Berg, presented 11 groups with 40 musicians during four ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ellery Eskelin Trio: Willisau - Live

Read "Willisau - Live" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Ci sono musicisti preziosi nel panorama del jazz contemporaneo. Il loro valore sta non solo in quello che fanno, ma nel rapporto di passione che mantengono con la vicenda della musica neroamericana e improvvisata, nella riflessione e fruizione profonda che li connette alla storia di questa forma artistica. Ellery Eskelin è senz'altro uno di questi: l'ascolto ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gina Schwarz Unit featuring Jim Black: Woodclock

Read "Woodclock" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Austrian, Vienna-based double bassist Gina Schwarz found a true, like-minded musical partner that helped her realize her irreverent vision for today's jazz. American drummer Jim Black joined Schwarz's quintet for her fifth album, solidifying her reputation as a “live-cell therapy to jazz," an opinionated musician who likes to play with opposites--wise and free, gentle and wild, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mette Henriette: Mette Henriette

Read "Mette Henriette" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg, classe 1990, nata a Trondheim, nel centro della Norvegia, ma di origini sami, improvvisatrice, compositrice, sax tenore, cresciuta artisticamente in modo precoce e “selvaggio," cioè con una formazione musicale plurale e disorganica: tali i cenni biografici dell'autrice di questo doppio CD, da molti salutato come sorpresa dell'anno e annuncio di una nuova ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri: The Bell

Read "The Bell" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Despite appearing on at least fifty recordings since 2001, Ches Smith remains the more under-recognized, yet highly in-demand, member of this newly formed trio. The drummer/percussionist and vibraphonist for Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Smith has played with John Zorn on Voices in the Wilderness (Tzadik, 2003), as well as Wadada Leo Smith, and guitarists Fred Frith and ...

Ches Smith and These Arches: Hammered

Read "Hammered" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Four progressive-jazz and improvising luminaries lend their expertise for New York City-based drummer Ches Smith's foray into a multi-purposed set, exploring and splitting the frontiers of avant-garde jazz, rock and other genres into asymmetrical components. Thus far, the artist has been in the thick of things, amassing an impressive discography, performing and recording with notables such ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ches Smith and These Arches: Hammered

Read "Hammered" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Drummer, composer, and bandleader Ches Smith is an artist with indisputable abilities who thrives on the fringes whether supplying tight rhythms for notable musicians such as guitarist Marc Ribot, saxophonist Darius Jones, and the indie rock band Xiu Xiu, or creating self-produced works like his solo multi-instrumental electronic project Psycho Predictions (Preposterous Bee,2012).

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Min-Yoh is the newest star in pianist Satoko Fujii's growing constellation of amazing improvising groups. While the presence of her partner in music and life, virtuoso trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, is a given, Fujii's musical interactions with a seemingly endless array of top-drawer improvisers from all over the world are almost as intimate. The pair gives the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Ches Smith, Tyshawn Sorey & Roy Haynes

Read "Ches Smith, Tyshawn Sorey & Roy Haynes" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ches Smith & These Arches
The Stone
August 30, 2011

John Zorn's Stone was pretty much sold out for this single set by drummer Ches Smith's five-piece band. That's 74 folks crammed into a thankfully air-conditioned zone. The reason that the normally silenced A/C was allowed to thrum is ...