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Satoko Fujii, Angles 9, Here’s to Us & More

Read "Satoko Fujii, Angles 9, Here’s to Us & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I would never presume to know enough about music to compare two of the most brilliant pianists in jazz today: Matt Mitchell and Satoko Fujii. Feel free to go ahead and do that yourself. All I'll say is that they are both amazing and worthy of all the recognition that comes their way. Each has a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Albert Beger, Gianni Lenoci, Gabriel Ferrandini & More

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It would be easy to riff on the title of bassist André Carvalho's new recording, The Garden of Earthly Delights, and come up with a very apt theme for this episode, something like Three Hours of Amazing Musical Colours, or The Crayola Effect. From Carvalho's release, based on Hieronymous Bosch's painting to the vibrant pastels of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii: Ninety-Nine Years

Read "Ninety-Nine Years" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Com'è noto la vulcanica e prolifica bandleader giapponese ha pubblicato--nell'anno del suo sessantesimo--un album al mese con le formazioni a lei più congeniali. In questo lavoro è di scena la sua orchestra berlinese, con cui ha debuttato in Ichigo Ichie (Libra 2015) con un organico quasi simile: al posto del trombettista Nikolaus Neuser c'è ora Lina ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

NY Free Quartet, Michael Gregory Jackson & Marc Jufer

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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

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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

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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 ...