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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The CCM Jazz Orchestra feat. Steven Bernstein: Nobody Does It Better

Read "Nobody Does It Better" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Anni fa Steven Bernstein pubblicò un frizzante album con le musiche di John Barry scritte per i film su James Bond (Sex Mob Does Bond, Ropeadope 2001). Ora quegli arrangiamenti acquistano nuova vita nella riscrittura per grande orchestra propiziata da Scott Belck, direttore musicale della CCM Jazz Orchestra, big band del Cincinnati College of Music.

John Beasley: Monk'estra, Vol. 2

Read "Monk'estra, Vol. 2" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo il primo volume (Monk'estra vol.1, Mack Avenue 2016), John Beasley amplia l'organico e invita nuovi ospiti per un'altra rivisitazione del pianeta Monk. Galvanizzato dalle ottime accoglienze del debutto, il bandleader presenta nuovi estrosi arrangiamenti dal classico songbook del pianista. In effetti il vocabolario orchestrale monkiano è quasi tutto da costruire se si eccettuano i progetti ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

A dialogo con Roberto Ottaviano

Read "A dialogo con Roberto Ottaviano" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Poliedrico quanto a collaborazioni ed esplorazioni di aree stilistiche, sempre rigorosissimo nel modo di affrontare qualsiasi situazione musicale, ritenuto dalla critica uno dei maggiori interpreti del sassofono jazz in Europa, Roberto Ottaviano è prossimo a compiere sessant'anni, essendo nato a Bari nel dicembre del '57. E lo fa presentando un ennesimo lavoro di altissimo livello, altro ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Albert Mangelsdorff: Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends

Read "Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The afterlife for Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer's storied MPS Records has been tough to track. After Brunner-Schwer sold the rights to Philips in the early '80s, the label changed hands several times--Polydor picked it up and passed it through a subsidiary, Universal Music Group acquired its holdings, Speakers Corner Records took over on the vinyl side of ...

The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra: Dreaming Big

Read "Dreaming Big" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What's that you say? A New York-based Jazz Orchestra as admirable as this one whose recording debut was delayed for more than twenty-five years? There ought to be a law! Well, in this case it wasn't the law but a lawyer who sidetracked the orchestra's debut for so many years. His name is Brett Gold, and ...

Rick Hirsch's Big Ol' Band: Pocono Git-Down

Read "Pocono Git-Down" reviewed by Richard  J Salvucci

Years ago, in liner notes forgotten somewhere, Phil Woods said, “There are good players everywhere. You don't have to go to New York to find them," or words to that effect. I was reminded of that observation listening to Rick Hirsch's . It is composed of players from Central Pennsylvania, with Hirsch himself in State College. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom

Read "Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Clarence Becton is a musicians' musician--meaning, someone well-known in musician circles. He belongs to the generation of American jazz heroes who grew up under economically and socially difficult circumstances, and for that very reason, succeeded in gaining a comprehensive education, emancipating himself, and embodying the history of jazz music by directly learning from and working with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching

Read "Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Some time in 1975 a box of records from the Mainstream label was dropped by my front door. I picked it up and began to open it with a mix of excitement and dread of having to face writing more record reviews. I saw an LP titled Windows with an unfamiliar cast of characters and put ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Young People's Concerts: Jazz

Young People's Concerts: Jazz

In early 1964, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic staged a series of Young People's Concerts at the newly opened Lincoln Center that married storytelling with different forms of music, including classical, jazz and folk. The point was to narrate original children's stories on stage while the New York Philharmonic or jazz and folk groups ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Things We Like: Ottobre 2016

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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 ...