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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Liberty Ellman Trio at Crescent Arts Centre

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Liberty Ellman Trio
Crescent Arts Centre
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
April 13, 2018

Liberty Ellman was short his pedals for this Moving On Music gig at Crescent Arts Centre--lost somewhere in transit--but he certainly wasn't short of musical ideas during a constantly engaging ninety-minute set. With four releases in twenty ...

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The astonishingly talented and prolific drummer Dafnis Prieto has done a lot since moving to the States from his native Cuba in 1999. He's made a host of sideman appearances with musicians of widely varying stripes, including Peter Apfelbaum, Michel Camilo, Steve Coleman, Marilyn Lerner, Brian Lynch, Henry Threadgill, Chucho Valdés, and John Zorn. He won ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ben Allison: Between Groove and Melody

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Bassist, bandleader, educator and composer, Ben Allison is one of the leading players of the world stage. During the past twenty years he has released twelve records and led various bands, performed on more than thirty albums, co-founded The Jazz Composers Collective, and served as its Artistic Director until its dissolution in 2005. In this conversation, ...

Kairos Sextet: Transition

Read "Transition" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Since coming to New York in '99, visionary Cuban drummer/percussionist/educator Dafnis Prieto has been the heartbeat in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez, Bebo Valdez, Roy Hargrove, and Andrew Hill. He's found the time to be nominated for an '07 Grammy for Best Latin Album, Absolute Quintet (Soho, 2006); win a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound

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When Werner X. Uehlinger, the founder of Hat Hut Records, was asked about a statement on why he liked Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron's music, the answer was clear, short and succinct: “The quality of surprise." Uehlinger discovered Shocron's music through her work with the SLD Trio and he liked their debut Anfitrión so much that the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ben Allison: tra groove e melodia

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Il bassista e compositore Ben Allison è uno dei principali bandleader della scena contemporanea. Negli ultimi vent'anni ha pubblicato 12 album a capo di vari ensemble, collaborato in trenta e più dischi e fondato il Jazz Composers Collective. Dotato di una personale vena creativa, Allison compone brani d'inconfondibile freschezza e raro appeal, che sono tra gli ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Nove dediche a personaggi particolarmente importanti nella personale crescita artistica -da Tito Puente a Egberto Gismonti, da Steve Coleman a Michel Camilo, da Chucho Valdes aHermeto Pascoal passando per Andrew Hill -una big band stellare impreziosita dalla presenza di Henry Threadgill e Steve Coleman in due brani e le radici caraibiche a far da collante. Si ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rufus Reid: Terrestrial Dance

Read "Terrestrial Dance" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Rufus Reid is one of a handful of true renaissance figures in the arts. The bassist and composer has been an active presence in the jazz world since the 1970s and has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader and in groups with Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Quartet, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Le avventure di un jazzista-filosofo

Read "Le avventure di un jazzista-filosofo" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Le avventure di un jazzista-filosofo
Arrigo Cappelletti
191 Pagine
ISBN: 978-88-6231-907-2
Arcana Jazz
2016

Laureato in filosofia e per alcuni anni insegnante della materia nei licei, il pianista Arrigo Cappelletti è anche un'ottima penna, come aveva avuto modo di mostrare in varie sue pubblicazioni, tra le quali spicca ...

Charles Rumback: Threes

Read "Threes" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In becoming an outlet for the Chicago scene and elsewhere during the last ten years, the ears&eyes label has recently done its share to highlight the work of drummer Charles Rumback. 2015 was a particularly productive year for him, in fact: he released a quartet record (In the New Year) with altoist Caroline Davis, guitarist Jeff ...