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Ross Hammond, Sameer Gupta: Upward

Read "Upward" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo aver pubblicato lo scorso anno il bellissimo Flight, album di sola chitarra acustica dove rivisitava la tradizione blues e gospel nello stile American Primitive, il chitarrista Ross Hammond si prende un'altra vacanza dall'ambiente jazzistico dove è più conosciuto con un nuovo lavoro completamente acustico. Questa volta si fa accompagnare dal percussionista di origini indiane Sameer ...

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Rollin' and Tumblin'

Read "Rollin' and Tumblin'" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Rollin' and Tumblin'
Roberto Menabò
194 Pagine
ISBN: 978-8862318228
Arcana
2014

Per quanto il blues sia un genere musicale da tempo largamente diffuso e storicizzato, i dati biografici dei suoi più grandi interpreti sono ancora ampiamente sconosciuti, dispersi nel terreno paludoso tra realtà e leggenda dove spesso le ...

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Ross Hammond: Flight

Read "Flight" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Ross Hammond è un chitarrista jazz americano molto attivo da una dozzina di anni sulla scena della musica improvvisata in California, dove risiede. Per il suo ultimo CD realizzato in completa solitudine ha voluto effettuare una sorta di ritorno alle radici, andando ad esplorare quel territorio conosciuto come American Primitive Guitar, un misto di folk, blues, ...

Paolo Angeli: S'û

Read "S'û" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

S'û is the sound of a master musician. The master in question is Paolo Angeli, a virtuoso player of the prepared Sardinian guitar (an instrument he has developed over the past 20 years). Angeli has worked with musicians from many genres--including jazz players such as Pat Metheny, Hamid Drake, Evan Parker and Fred Frith--developing an ever-increasing ...

Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Perlowin: Anatomy of a Moment

Read "Anatomy of a Moment" reviewed by Dave Wayne

On Anatomy of a Moment, Aleuchatistas guitarist Shane Perlowin joins the legendary percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani for a series of duets that are as perplexing as they are beautiful. Sticking largely to fingerstyle acoustic guitar, Perlowin's controlled and tightly parameterized improvising stands in stark contrast to Nakatani's varied and unpredictable sound experiments. While his playing in the ...

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Vossa Jazz 2014

Read "Vossa Jazz 2014" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Vossa Jazz
Voss, Norway
April 11-14, 2014

Vossa Jazz: a jazz festival that's about more than just jazz, an event that takes place at the same point in the calendar every year but not on the same days, a place to celebrate hundreds of years of musical tradition and to ...

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Christian Winther & Christian Meaas Svendsen: W / M

Read "Christian Winther & Christian Meaas Svendsen: W / M" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

W/ M is a double album that feature two debuts as solo artists of two young and promising Norwegian improvisers, both spinning out of the creative environment around the Music Academy in Oslo. Guitarist Christian Winther, a member of the punk-jazz trio Ich Bin N!ntendo, genre-bending trio Monkey Plot and the free improvisers collective Mummu, and ...

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Ryan Blotnick: Solo, Volume I

Read "Solo, Volume I" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Solo, Volume I finds guitarist Ryan Blotnick returning to his roots. Not only has he scaled back to his bare, musical minimum--a man and his guitar--but he's also relocated from New York City to the Amherst/Northampton area of Massachusetts, all in an attempt to get closer to the life and music he knew growing up in ...

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Jim McAuley: Gongfarmer 36

Read "Gongfarmer 36" reviewed by John Eyles

As its title suggests, Gongfarmer 36 is the belated follow-up to guitarist Jim McAuley's Gongfarmer 18 (Nine Winds Records, 2005). But the seven-year delay is not surprising, as additions to McAuley's discography tend to arrive sporadically--the last being Vignes (Long Song, 2009), with the wonderful Acoustic Guitar Trio which brought him together with Nels Cline and ...

Ozella Music: Nordic Beauty and Beyond

Read "Ozella Music: Nordic Beauty and Beyond" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is always tempting to explain one story in the light of another, and in the case of guitarist and composer Dagobert Böhm's Ozella Music label, it is inevitable to be reminded of Windham Hill, the record company started by the guitarist William Ackerman in 1976. Like Windham Hill, Ozella started out as one-man project run ...