Content by tag "Zu"

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)

Read "Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we continue our exploration of jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Kraftwerk to Sly Stone, from Bjork to Frank Zappa, from J.J. Cale to Bob Marley and more.

Happy listening! And if you like this episode, check Part 1

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The End: Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen

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The End emerge as a massive collaboration among Norwegian baritone saxophonist Kjetil Møster, Swedish baritone sax hooligan Mats Gustafsson, Norwegian noise-jazz guitarist Anders Hana, the San Francisco-based avant-rock band Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier and miraculous singer Sofia Jernberg.

The quintet's debut “Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen" manages to grasp several musical traditions. It sounds ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Caterina Palazzi: il lato oscuro del jazz

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Lucida, oscura, intrigante. Sono le immediate sensazioni percepite nel corso di una lunga chiacchierata con Caterina Palazzi intorno alla sua musica, ai suoi progetti, alle sue passioni. La contrabbassista romana si è imposta nel corso degli anni come una figura di spicco nel panorama jazzistico (e non solo) internazionale, sulla scorta di un variegatissimo background musicale ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cactus Truck: Brand New For China!

Read "Brand New For China!" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

John Dikeman is one of the most interesting saxophonists now operating in the Amsterdam scene. He is a charismatic player, well-versed in the legacy of modern and free jazz as his recent releases-- Across the sky, with bassist Raoul Van Der Weide and drummer Klaus Kugel (Not Two, 2012); and Nihil is Now (Stone Floor, 2012), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ich bin N!ntendo & Mats Gustafsson: Ich bin N!ntendo & Mats Gustafsson

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Young Norwegian power trio Ich bin N!ntendo is a sonic heir to European power outfits such as the Swedish-Norwegian trio The Thing, Italian punk-jazz trio Zu, and Dutch quartet The Ex. Its affinity with Swedish sax titan Mats Gustafsson of The Thing, who guests on this live recording, is obvious. Both enjoy exploring and pushing the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kumiko Takara/Massimo Pupillo/Paal Nilssen-Love: Raids On The Unspeakable

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This limited edition, 12" vinyl album features a rare meeting of threeof-a-kind powerhouse musicians who blur the boundaries between contemporary improvised music, avant-rock and shifting grooves. Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and Italian electric bassist Massimo Pupillo (founding member of punk-jazz trio Zu) are the driving rhythm section behind saxophonist Peter Brötzmann's Hairy Bones quartet, and collaborated ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Zubatto Syndicate: Zubatto Syndicate

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Seattle's Zubatto Syndicate--the brainchild of longtime resident and guitarist/composer Andrew Boscardin--are anything but the typical footprint in the sand. Pervading the musical spectrum to touch on genres as disparate as classical and ska punk, the group's self-titled debut is an epitome of the band itself: a radical fusion of familiar musical ideas esoteric enough to intrigue ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Zu: Carboniferous

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In the past decade, the Rome-based power trio Zu has grown into a truly fearsome beast. Kindred spirits with extreme noise merchants like the Flying Luttenbachers, Last Exit, Lightning Bolt and Painkiller, baritone saxophonist Luca T. Mai, electric bassist Massimo Pupillo and drummer Jacopo Battaglia channel riotous improvisational freedom into a tireless DIY punk rock aesthetic ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Zu

Read "Zu" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Area Sismica - Forlì - 31.01.2009 Gli Zu tornano a quella che per loro è un po' una casa; come hanno detto loro stessi, infatti, l'Area Sismica li ha visti crescere durante l'intero loro percorso musicale. E tornano per presentare un nuovo CD, Carboniferous, in uscita in questi giorni per la Ipecac Records di Mike Patton (lo stesso Patton è ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Zu & Nobukazu Takemura: Identification With The Enemy: A Key To The Underworld

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The Italian power trio Zu has made quite a career out of high-profile guest artist collaborations. Joint albums with Eugene Chadbourne, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Mats Gustafsson have bolstered the group's impressive discography in the past few years. Identification With The Enemy is a different sort of meeting for the flexible trio, which joins forces ...