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Heiner Stadler: Tribute to Bird & Monk

Read "Tribute to Bird & Monk" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quasi ottanta minuti nei quali un sestetto di musicisti da brivido rende omaggio a due geni della musica del novecento. La solita operazione celebrativa così frequente in ambito jazzistico? Niente affatto se a concepire l'idea, realizzarla e curarne gli arrangiamenti è quel talentaccio misconosciuto che risponde al nome di Heiner Stadler. Su queste pagine avevamo già recensito Brains on Fire, ...

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Heiner Stadler: Jazz Alchemy

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Può capitare che un CD impieghi anche tredici anni per arrivare sui nostri tavoli, oltre tutto racchiudendo musica che a sua volta, di anni di distanza dall'incisione, ne ha macinati parecchi di più. È quanto accade con questo Jazz Alchemy (che già il titolo...), lavoro assolutamente particolare - al di là degli accadimenti di cui sopra ...

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Heiner Stadler: Brains on Fire

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Heiner Stadler è nome pressoché sconosciuto se non agli addetti ai lavori o a qualche curioso appassionato jazzofilo. Nasce nel 1942 a Lessen in Polonia, cresce ad Amburgo dove studia pianoforte, armonia e composizione al conservatorio, per poi trasferirsi nel 1965 a New York. Qui intesse una serie di relazioni con importanti musicisti dal background assai variegato (si va sa ...

Heiner Stadler: Brains on Fire

Read "Heiner Stadler: Brains on Fire" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Heiner Stadler

Brains on Fire

Labor Records

2012

One of the most exciting reissues of the first quarter of 2012 is composer and pianist Heiner Stadler's pioneering Brains on Fire, originally released in 1973. The two-CD reissue adds three lengthy, previously unreleased tracks and informative and well-researched liner notes by critic Howard ...

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Heiner Stadler: Tribute to Bird & Monk

Read "Tribute to Bird & Monk" reviewed by Nic Jones

Tribute to Bird & Monk is a scintillating blast recorded in 1978, when the battle lines between innovation and the tradition were clearly drawn. In tackling compositions by Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, and casting them in a fresh light, arranger Heiner Stadler obviously wasn't shy about playing the provocative agent. Initially it sounds as if ...

Heiner Stadler: Tribute to Bird & Monk

Read "Tribute to Bird & Monk" reviewed by Troy Collins

Originally released in 1978 as a double LP by Tomato Records, Tribute to Bird & Monk is as revelatory now as when it was awarded a five star review in Downbeat over three decades ago. This unique tribute transcends convention, featuring a stellar cast of musicians performing under-sung German composer Heiner Stadler's polyphonic orchestrations of be-bop ...

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Jack Walrath: In Montana

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Trumpeter Jack Walrath went back to Montana in January of 1980 to accomplish three things: visit his parents, burn down his old high school, and do a recording with a local quartet called--interestingly enough--Montana. Walrath never got around to torching his alma mater, but he did develop a working relationship with four talented musicians who were ...

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Derek Bronston Group: Ebb

Read "Ebb" reviewed by Scott Andrews

Guitarist Derek Bronston has played with wide spectrum of creative artists. That list includes Jerry Gonzalez, Tom Harrell, D.D. Jackson, and Cecil Taylor; and he regularly gigs the New York City jazz scene with his eponymous quartet. Ebb, his second CD as composer and band leader after 1999's Longing, offers nine original tracks of mellow, acoustic ...

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The Derek Bronston Group: Ebb

Read "Ebb" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist/composer, Derek Bronston signifies yet another up and coming artist emanating from New York City’s generally vibrant jazz scene. With his second release, the artist continues to meld sonorous melodies and atmospheric choruses with climactic overtures. Besides, he enjoys an extremely fruitful association with his counterpart, saxophonist, Lisa Parrott who resides as a near perfect foil ...

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Heiner Stadler: Jazz Alchemy

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The concept of “Third Stream" and improvised compositions (composed improvisations?) did not die in the '50s. It has matured through the last half century to the point where the line between composition and improvisation has become extremely blurred. (Witness the graphic arrangements of Morton Feldman, for example, which require the performer to specify individual notes while ...