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Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music

Read "Avant-Garde Party Music" reviewed by Vic Albani

Fossero tutte così le party-band!

Cortex e Clean Feed colpiscono ancora e questo nuovo e ironico Avant-Garde Party Music la dice lunga sulle prospettive dello straordinario quartetto norvegese che dà alle stampe un nuovo capitolo della loro fortunata discografia. Se qualcuno cercasse una naturale evoluzione di un moderno hard-bop che attraversando gli insegnamenti di ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sal La Rocca: SHIFTED

Read "SHIFTED" reviewed by James Fleming

The saxophone lines snake out of the speakers, rustling the airwaves like a breeze through firs or singing with all the lyricism of the finest vocalist. The double bass's hardwood lays a strong foundation. The electricity of the Wurlitzer piano growls atop that age-old sound, like a lightning storm rolling over treetops. Sal La Rocca's Shifted ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2018

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2018" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2018 led me to these marvelous CDs.

Satoko Fujii
Satoko Fujii Solo
Libra Records

A person's sixtieth birthday serves as a milestone, more so in Japan--where it is referred to as “Kanreki"--than elsewhere. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Niculin Janett Quartet: Complexes

Read "Complexes" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Despite the connotations of its title, the sound of Complexes doesn't suggest anything excessively technical (or mental issues either, for that matter). The Niculin Janett Quartet's second recording is a largely sedate affair that stays semi-formless and yet always easy to follow--a resolutely modern mix of familiar swing and challenging abstraction. Even while the drift mostly ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Aruán Ortiz live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Aruán Ortiz live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Aruán Ortiz is a rising piano star of such a sweeping contemporary technique, imagination and keyboard-power, to be an enthralling one-man band too. The Cuban-born musician incorporates different forms in his compositions, resulting in a unique new style which reflects his fascination for modern classical music as well as Afro-Cuban traditions, and for great jazz innovators ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Håvard Wiik: This Is Not a Waltz

Read "This Is Not a Waltz" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Leading-edge Norwegian pianist Håvard Wiik is a widely acclaimed artist via his work in the eminent Scandinavian free bop band, Atomic and collaborations with saxophonists Joe Lovano, Ken Vandermark and many other jazz VIPs. Yet he's equally at home settling into modern jazz frameworks or when venturing into the outside peripheries of jazz. But this release, ...

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Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette

Read "Ornettiquette" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Included on an album dedicated to the legendary Ornette Coleman, it is “Ghosts," a composition by saxophonist Albert Ayler. Trumpeter Chris Pasin assembled an impressive collection of musicians to record Ornettiquette with Karl Berger and vocalist Ingrid Sertso, both connected to the 1960s revolution through their work with Coleman and Don Cherry. In addition, there's saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enjoy Jazz 2018

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Enjoy Jazz International Festival for Jazz and More
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen
October 13-15, 2018

During fall Enjoy Jazz is a major well-established event running through the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar-region (2, 4 million inhabitants) in southwestern Germany, now in its 20th year. Unlike the fast-forward conveyor belt of musical acts at many jazz festivals, ...

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Moldejazz 2018

Read "Moldejazz 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Moldejazz 2018
Molde, Norway
July 16-21, 2018

Skyscraper cruise ships pull up to the the port of Molde in Norway, temporarily overpopulating this small west coast city, in addition to the folks who are already visiting for its long-established jazz festival. The Molde centre might be conventionally dedicated to shopping, ...

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Irreversible Entanglements a Padova Jazz

Read "Irreversible Entanglements a Padova Jazz" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Irreversible Entanglements
Teatro Torresino
Padova Jazz Festival
Padova
5.11.2018

L'impatto sonoro, ritmico ed emotivo su cui si impernia la musica di Irreversible Entanglements è autentico: non mira a stupire o sedurre la platea con virtuosismi oppure con facili formule di presa diretta sul pubblico. È corrosivo, arroventato, ribollente, ...