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Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet: Stellar Pulsations

Read "Stellar Pulsations" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il fatto che una volta ogni cinque anni ci si ritrovi da recensire un disco come questo è piacere sostanziale. Non solo perché Stellar Pulsations è uno dei classici “dischi dell'anno" ma perché, una volta tanto, tu recensore ti trovi davanti al fatto che devi scrivere e parlare di uno dei più grandi musicisti viventi. In ...

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Orchestre National de Jazz: Electrique

Read "Electrique" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

In the wake of the magnificent Close to Heaven (Le Chant du Monde, 2006), the French national jazz orchestra's tribute to the Led Zeppelin songbook, musical director Franck Tortiller found himself attracted to the early 1970s plugged-in jazz-rock fusion of the Headhunters, Weather Report and Lifetime. The result is Electrique. That's his story, anyway, and it's ...

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Various: Celebrating the Music of Weather Report

Read "Celebrating the Music of Weather Report" reviewed by Ed Kopp

The 31 musicians who appear on this tribute album deliver upbeat yet shifty interpretations of compositions by Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and the parade of musicians who comprised Weather Report from 1970 to 1985. Those paying tribute constitute a fusion who's who. For starters, there's Joe Sample, John Scofield, the Breckers, David Sanborn, Dennis Chambers, Andy ...

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Sidney Bechet: Up a Lazy River

Read "Up a Lazy River" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Sidney Bechet was the first master of the soprano saxophone, and indeed, the father of all the others: when the instrument was almost forgotten, Steve Lacy heard Bechet play Duke Ellington's “The Mooche." Then John Coltrane was somehow (there are different versions of the story) introduced to the soprano by Lacy. And the rest is history. ...