Content by tag "John Law"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song

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Depending on your perspective, tradition can both be a blessing and a burden. Especially in jazz, it is hard to say something new and this is true as well when it comes to the noble art of the piano trio. Thelonious Monk has been there, Bill Evans has been there and Cecil Taylor has been there--just ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jakob Baekgaard's Best of 2015

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These ten albums are just a few of the many great releases of 2015. Music was and still is a light in a world filled with problems and fear. When it is best, it encourages openness and contemplation and brings us closer together as humans.

John Law
These Skies In Which We ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Law: Goldberg

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J.S. Bach's The Goldberg Variations is one of the most famous works in the literature of the piano and an endless source of inspiration for pianist around the world -and not only classical pianists. Bach's music simply transcends genres and his ability to develop and sculpt variations on a theme remain unsurpassed. It is no coincidence ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Law's New Congregation: These Skies In Which We Rust

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One of the things that is characteristic about British pianist John Law is that he does not stand still. He keeps on studying music and constantly adds new sounds and expressions to his vocabulary.

So far, his career has included many highlights, among them, a series of solo piano albums influenced by plainchant ...

Rudi Records: Reviving the Avant-garde

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the avant-garde as: “an intelligentsia that develops new or experimental concepts especially in the arts." In jazz, the expression, at least to some, has negative connotations, describing music that is introverted, noisy, pretentious and/or difficult to understand. That negative image usually results from the fact that the music requires of the listener ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Law / Yuri Goloubev / Asaf Sirkis: Three Leaps of the Gazelle

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Making changes in a trio can be risky a thing. If there's a special chemistry in a group, the slightest change in the lineup could spoil the magic of the music. For years, pianist John Law has had an effective formula with his Art of Sound Trio, with drummer Asaf Sirkis and bassist Sam Burgess, but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Law / Mark Pringle: This is

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Traditionally, the art of the piano duo has been linked to classical music, and almost every significant classical composer, from Mozart to Maurice Ravel, has written music for two pianos. In jazz, however, this particular medium is somewhat rare, and although Bill Evans recorded Further Conversations with Myself (PolyGram, 1967), where he overdubbed himself on piano, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Law: al cuore della Musica

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Intervista di Jakob Baekgaard La musica classica e il Jazz sono due forme d'arte spesso ritenute così radicalmente diverse tra loro da non potersi integrare. Storicamente, l'idea del cosiddetto Third Stream, capace di fondere il linguaggio del Jazz e quello della musica classica in maniera coerente, si è rivelata abbastanza difficile da mettere in pratica; tuttavia, non si ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Law, Sam Burgess, and Asaf Sirkis at Norwich Arts Centre, UK

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John Law, Sam Burgess, and Asaf Sirkis
Norwich Arts Centre
Norwich, UK
November 30, 2009


The piano trio is a well-established jazz line-up, and its popularity is at something of a high on the British scene. The apparent ubiquity of the format makes it difficult to see how ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Law: Deeper into the Music

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Classical music and jazz are often perceived as two radically different art forms that cannot be merged. Historically, the idea of a so-called “third stream" that is able to combine the language of jazz and classical music into a coherent whole has proved rather difficult to translate into praxis, and yet it is undeniable that a ...