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Moers Festival 2018

Read "Moers Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Moers Festival
Moers, Germany
May 18-21, 2018

The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chip Wickham: La Sombra

Read "La Sombra" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Twenty-five years into his career as a professional musician, saxophonist and flautist Chip Wickham has released his solo debut. La Sombra, recorded in Madrid with three excellent musicians from that city's jazz scene, is gorgeous.

Wickham hails from Manchester, in north-west England. The area is home to some distinctive musicians, most notably trumpeter Matthew ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Wrong Object: After the Exhibition

Read "The Wrong Object: After the Exhibition" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Sometime during the late 1960s, adventurous European rock musicians led by the likes of Gong, Soft Machine, Magma, and Arzachel began incorporating elements of avant-garde jazz, contemporary classical and various ethnic musics into their own original progressive rock music. The result varied somewhat from region to region, but the most important thing was that very little ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Back Door: BBC In Concert

Read "BBC In Concert" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Back Door story belongs to a brief but rather glorious time in British popular music. A time when a free-blowing jazz trio could emerge from the resident band of a northern cabaret club, a summer season in seaside variety theatre, afternoon jam sessions and the band of an iconic figure from the British blues boom. ...

Soft Machine Legacy: Burden of Proof

Read "Soft Machine Legacy: Burden of Proof" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Over the course of three albums released between 1968 and 1970, the British band Soft Machine transformed from one of the trippiest and mind-bendingly inventive rock bands of the psychedelic era into a raging musical torrent of free jazz, thunderous prog rock, and high- concept minimalist-inspired avant-garde stylings. With the dizzying changes in musical direction came ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sylvaine Helary: Sylvaine Helary Trio

Read "Sylvaine Helary Trio" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

The French have long had an affinity for the surrealistic and the absurd--didn't they invent both expressions? Among the ranks of the leading left-field artists (from, of course, the left bank--the traditions stretch back to Antonin Artauld, the first to promote the first playable electronic keyboard, the Ondes Martenot, and Pierre Schaeffer, who created the expression ...

MoonJune Records: A Decade of Progressive Rock Documentation

Read "MoonJune Records: A  Decade of Progressive Rock Documentation" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

On a moon of this past June, appropriately enough, Leonardo Pavkovic, owner of the progressive jazz label MoonJune Records, gave All About Jazz an interview at the label's office in Union Square, New York City. The name MoonJune Records, which Pavkovic started back in 2001, is taken from the title of a song, “Moon In June," ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gong: 2032

Read "2032" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Forty years have passed since Gong united in Paris, one of the cultural aftershocks of the city's student riots in May 1968. 2032 brings them back from the future and splashes them down in the instrumental jam-band scene that they originally helped create with their unique blend of progressive rock and jazz instrumentals, experimental electronics, eastern/western ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Theo Travis: From Prog to Jazz and Back Again

Read "Theo Travis: From Prog to Jazz and Back Again" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

British musician Theo Travis has one of the most varied performing and recording histories to be found among contemporary jazz musicians. A talented saxophonist, flautist and composer, Travis has performed solo, in duos and quartets, in straight ahead jazz combos and in electronic, improvisational groups.



He has performed live soundtracks in cinemas, ...

Didier Malherbe and Loy Ehrlich: Hadouk

Read "Hadouk" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Didier Malherbe and Loy Ehrlich's Hadouk is a CD that should have appeal for those into the “world music" scene. Malherbe and Ehrlich employ a wide range of wind and percussion instruments, plus occasional stringed instruments, from eastern Europe and Africa in an engaging set of earthy yet intricate tunes. There's little jazz here, in the ...