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Window Steps is both the title of Pierre Favre's new recording and the name of this "band of band-leaders" bought together by the Swiss drummer. Though between them they have covered most of the options in contemporary improvisation, these players have in common an advanced melodic understanding. They are, above all, lyrical improvisers. The same may be claimed for the drummer himself who, even in the turbulent era of European free jazz'z "emancipation" stood apart from his contemporaries in his sensitivity to the tone of his instrument. Pursuing his investigations of the melodic potential of the drum set into the early 70s, Favre, originally a self-taught player, felt he was approaching the demarcation line that separated "drummer" from "composer". To learn more about the subject, he studied classical composition and immersed himself in the diverse percussion musics of the wider world, particularly those of India, Africa and Brazil, gradually consolidating all of this new information in the "sound-color poems" he was writing for his Singing Drums group

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience

Read "French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy. The Strasbourg festival is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio: L.A. Strictly Confidential

Read "L.A. Strictly Confidential" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quarant'anni di Ictus, ventiquattro di States, diciassette come cittadino americano: con alle spalle questi numeri, se vogliamo persino pedissequi (ma significativi), Andrea Centazzo approda a un nuovo album, di rimpatriata jazzistica. Lo certifica lui stesso, affermando: “Il West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio riprende stilemi di quel genere, trasformando composizioni del mio repertorio (dall'opera lirica all'orchestra e ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Things We Like: Ottobre 2016

Read "Things We Like: Ottobre 2016" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Finito il mese di ottobre, riprendiamo la vecchia rubrica “Things We Like," dove, un po' per passione e un po' per gioco, descriviamo le cose (musicali e non) che ci rimarranno impresse del mese appena trascorso. Alberto Bazzurro Ottobre, mese pre-referendario per eccellenza (non quel referendum...), si porta generalmente appresso una caterva ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Barry Guy: A Prophet is Not without Honour (Part 2)

Read "Barry Guy: A Prophet is Not without Honour (Part 2)" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Barry Guy has been the artistic director and main composer of the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra throughout its now forty-five year history. Recordings and performances since Ode in 1972 have been sporadic but those forty-five years have resulted in eleven albums (including one with Anthony Braxton) ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

THRAK BOX - Live and Studio Recordings 1994-1997

Read "THRAK BOX - Live and Studio Recordings 1994-1997" reviewed by John Kelman

After three years spent extensively focusing on its 1972-'74 lineup--documented over a massive 66 CDs, DVDs and Blu Rays (plus some additional downloads) on Larks' Tongues in Aspic (40th Anniversary Series Box) (Panegyric, 2012); The Road to Red (Panegyric, 2013); and Starless (Panegyric, 2014)--King Crimson turns the clock ahead 20 years to an almost completely different ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Patrick Bebelaar: Reflection in Your Eyes

Read "Reflection in Your Eyes" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Il quartetto guidato dal pianista tedesco Patrick Bebelaar giunge in sala d'incisione dopo una serie di concerti dal vivo nei quali i quattro musicisti hanno avuto modo di approfondire e affinare le reciproche sensibilità. Ne esce un lavoro certamente organico e coeso ma altrettanto variegato nelle atmosfere e nella scrittura, grazie anche all'idea di scomporre il ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Gong: Gazeuse!

Read "Gong: Gazeuse!" reviewed by John Kelman

Gong Gazeuse! Virgin1976 Today's Rediscovery is Gazeuse! (released in North America as Expresso, by Canterbury-related band Gong, caught in a period of significant transition. The group first came together under the leadership of Australian-born Daevid Allen, an early member of Soft Machine who, after being denied reentry into the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Trombone x 4 (x 4)

Read "Trombone x 4 (x 4)" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Che ci sia un trombone a guidare la cosiddetta front line di un gruppo jazz, ammettiamolo, non è merce poi così usuale. Ci fa quindi piacere, amando particolarmente il suono rotondo, pieno, evocativo dello strumento, legare uno con l'altro quattro album che praticano tale formula, incisi e pubblicati nel giro di pochi mesi, tra la fine ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Irene Schweizer - Pierre Favre: Live in Zurich

Read "Live in Zurich" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Come dice Ekkehard Jost nel suo fondamentale volume Europas Jazz (Fischer Verlag, 1987), “Negli anni attorno al 1970, in un fase storica relativamente breve, il Jazz europeo trovò se stesso." Gli elvetici Irène Schweizer e Pierre Favre sono tra coloro che contribuirono fortemente all'identità europea di una musica che fino a quel momento aveva vissuto quasi ...


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