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ARTICLE: RADIO

NY Free Quartet, Michael Gregory Jackson & Marc Jufer

Read "NY Free Quartet, Michael Gregory Jackson & Marc Jufer" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a wide variety of great tunes this episode: Club D'Elf kicks it off with the title track to their latest live set, saxophonist Muriel Grossmann and her quartet acknowledge the musical and mystical paths of John Coltrane, the New York Free Quartet's Dream Time marks their return to releasing excellent work, and the very influential ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steve Swell: Appreciating the Avant Garde Today

Read "Steve Swell: Appreciating the Avant Garde Today" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[This is the third of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tina Raymond: Left Right Left

Read "Left Right Left" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Most jazz artists don't choose to create a concept album as their debut. But drummer Tina Raymond has done just that with Left Right Left, teaming up with pianist Art Lande and bassist Putter Smith for a wide-ranging piano trio outing that explores America's political climate via a mix of patriotic songs, a pair of Woody ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Swell - Gebhard Ullmann - Fred Lonberg-Holm - Michael Zerang: The Chicago Plan

Read "The Chicago Plan" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Chicago Plan equates to a strategic plan, evidenced by these magnetic and invigorating works by reedman Gebhard Ullmann (Berlin), trombonist Steve Swell (New York City) and Chicagoans, drummer Michael Zerang and cellist / electronics-ace Fred Lonberg-Holm. Recorded in Chicago, the musicians were seemingly immersed in the Windy City's cutting- edge jazz and improvisational forces that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dragonfly Breath III: Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus

Read "Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Today's zen koan: why does a watched pot never boil? The answer to that question is found in the music of Dragonfly Breath III: because it is always boiling. The roil we speak of comes from the quartet of saxophonist Paul Flaherty, trombonist Steve Swell, violinist C. Spencer Yeh, and drummer Weasel Walter.

The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bram De Looze: Septych

Read "Septych" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo aver evidenziato il suo talento appena sedicenne a capo del LABtrio (Fluxus, Outnote Records 2013), imponendosi come uno dei massimi giovani pianisti d'avanguardia, il belga Bram De Looze mostra d'avere altre frecce al suo arco, guidando un originale settetto con alcuni dei migliori nomi dell'avanguardia nord-europea.
L'album si sviluppa in un percorso particolarmente ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda: Duet

Read "Duet" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The story behind the creation of the miraculous album, Duet by pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda is one of those things that makes one a believer in karma.

Although both have played with reed man Gebhard Ullmann in various configurations, Fujii and Fonda had never met, and had not heard much, if ...

Insalata d'ance dal duo al quartetto: Gebhard Ullmann e dintorni

Read "Insalata d'ance dal duo al quartetto: Gebhard Ullmann e dintorni" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

La partenza di questa nostra odierna circumnavigazione, che di primo acchito potrà anche apparire stravagante ma le cui motivazioni confidiamo appariranno poi piuttosto chiare, ha un nome e un cognome: Gebhard Ullmann, notevole sassofonista e clarinettista tedesco di cui ci occupiamo sempre volentieri. Nella fattispecie, lo troviamo coinvolto in tre recenti album (in un caso come ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phil Haynes: Sanctuary

Read "Sanctuary" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Uscito nel 2015 ma registrato a Berlino nel 1999, presso gli studi della SFB e con il supporto di Gebhard Ullmann, questo disco documenta l'attività in solo di Phil Haynes, un tipo di performance piuttosto rara per un batterista ma che al contrario egli ha sempre portato avanti nel corso della sua lunga carriera.