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Mircea Tiberian: The Natural Force of Music

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Pianist Mircea Tiberian is an emblematic figure of Romanian jazz, with a prodigious musical and academic career. He plays an influential role in the jazz scene and as author of many theoretical studies and essays, fosters its development on the theoretical level as well. Along his 40 year career Tiberian has played with top ranking Romanian ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Garana Jazz Festival 2014

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Garana Jazz Festival
Wolf's Meadow
Garana, Romania
July 10-13, 2014

One of Europe's most visited festivals, taking place on a meadow over 300 ft. high in the Western Carpathians, just had its 18th anniversary. The lineup, a brand mark of the festival director, Marius Giura, combined again tradition ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Schaefer: Who Is Afraid Of Richard W.?

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In 2013 the international music community celebrates the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth. The venerable and controversial composer has been rather quiet of late, but his body of work is one of the best known in the classical canon. On Who Is Afraid of Richard W.? Eric Schaefer--a highly-regarded drummer probably best known as a ...

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Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25: Groningen, The Netherlands, August 26-27, 2011

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Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25
Groningen, Netherlands
August 26-27, 2011
Only in the Netherlands. Where else would anyone think to create such a harmonious conjugation of jazz and cycling? Now in its 25th year, the annual ZomerJazzFietsTour (Summer Jazz Cycling Tour) takes place in the bucolic countryside just outside Groningen in the northern Netherlands. ...

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Chris Dahlgren & Lexicon: Mystic Maze

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Il bassista newyorkese Chris Dahlgren mette assieme un bel quintetto denominato Lexicon e si avventura in territori piuttosto inconsueti che mettono in risalto la dimensione anche caricaturale della musica. Ma lo fa senza spingere affatto sulla componente derisiva spesso associata alla caricatura e si limita a prendere atto di un modo di comunicare che privilegia i timbri 'grassi' ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases of 2010

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Like most people, I love a good list. But the act of compilation isn't easy. I have no idea of the criteria by which a collection of tunes on a CD can be judged to be The Best. Even if I had, the simple fact that I haven't heard every new jazz CD released in 2010 ...

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Chris Dahlgren: Mystic Maze

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Critics don't always get it right. Surprisingly, their keen critical faculties can desert them and, sooner or later, they are left looking and sounding foolish. In the first half of the twentieth century music critics were routinely dismissive of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók's work, often with a level of vitriol rarely seen in these enlightened times. ...

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Ben Monder: Le Monde du Monder

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With a fittingly well-documented career, boasting a range of stunning appearances on over 50 recordings, including 14 since the year 2000, Ben Monder has solidified his position as one of the finest players of his generation.

A chordal and textural master, unafraid to thoroughly explore advanced harmonic concepts, Ben's appearance on a sideman date is ...

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Chris Dahlgren: Best Intentions

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Master bassist Chris Dahlgren performs a mini-clinic on the attributes of producing a regimented, booming pulse while also harmonizing and displaying acute lyricism with fellow New York based saxophonists Peter Epstein and Rob Brown on his latest release titled, Best Intentions. Along with the astonishing percussionist Satosji Takeishi, Dahlgren steers the band through seven memorable yet ...

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Chris Dahlgren: Best Intentions

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Bassist Chris Dahlgren, an important voice on the New York downtown avant-garde scene, has exhibited a flair for unusual ensemble configurations on his previous releases. On Best Intentions, his third outing as a leader, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi’s grooves and timbres give the music a rather exotic flavor; a conventional drum set would not have done the ...