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The Baba Orchestra: Another Ride on the Elephant Slide

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La lezione orchestrale della Jazz Composer's Orchestra di Carla Bley e Michael Mantler (e indietro nel tempo di Bob Graettinger) rivive e si rinnova in quest'album magistrale della Baba Orchestra. Un lavoro sorprendente che non è possibile trascurare anche se ci giunge in ritardo.

Leader del progetto è la giovane violinista e compositrice ...

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Carla Bley's Trio at the Jazz Standard

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Carla Bley's Trio
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
March 19, 2019

Carla Bley is extraordinary, savvy, and enigmatic. The Guggenheim Fellow (1972), German Jazz Trophy winner ("A Life of Jazz"—2009), 5-time GRAMMY-nominee and NEA Jazz Master (2015) was joined by her spouse Steve Swallow on electric bass and Andy Sheppard on ...

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Carla Bley Trio at Dazzle

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Carla Bley Trio
Dazzle
Denver, CO
March 24, 2019

At age 82, Carla Bley has been around. But not everywhere. Remarkably, her two nights at Dazzle last weekend marked her first appearances in Colorado as a performer. Still, the depth and scope of her past music-making is unmatched ...

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European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

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Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar
European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018
Lisbon, Portugal
September 13-15, 2018

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

MUSICIAN Born:

David Helbock

Two rewards and the audience prize at the world biggest jazz-piano-solo competition of the Jazzfestival Montreux, a lot of enthusiastic/international reviews for his CDs and the most important prize in Austria 2011 - the "Outstanding Artist Award" - David Helbock, the pianoplayer coming from a small little village in Austria called Koblach, is with no doubt, has already had a great international musical career. Helbock is not only a great pianist, he is also a very individual thinker, who is investing not only a lot of dexterity but also quite an amount of brain activity to his projects

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Steven Wilson: To the Bone

Read "To the Bone" reviewed by John Kelman

From the moment that he decided to “go solo"--despite his previous flagship group, Porcupine Tree, beginning in the late '80s as a solo project that only evolved into a group when it became popular enough to necessitate putting together a band in order to perform live--Steven Wilson has, in many ways, defied categorization and expectation, while ...

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...

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Don Preston / Jeff Boynton / Philip Mantione: TriAngular Bent

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A lot of artists Don Preston's age, with a similar musical pedigree, are revered as “national treasures." For whatever reason, this hasn't yet happened for the veteran sonic explorer, still going strong after 84 years on the planet. Perpetually a “Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition," he's most frequently remembered for his groundbreaking work with Frank Zappa. ...

Dark Companion: tra novità, fascinazione e nostalgia

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Nata nel 2015 e gestita da un team di otto persone riunite attorno a Max Marchini, la piacentina Dark Companion ha dato alle stampe a fine anno i primi quattro CD di una serie che ci si augura lunga, vista la cura e il livello delle produzioni (anche in termini di grafica, confezione, ecc.).

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Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando el Tiempo

Read "Andando el Tiempo" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There are few figures in modern music that are truly more iconic than Carla Bley. Her list of accomplishments are impossible to chronicle in this limited space, but suffice to say that her influence traverses genres, styles and generations, in a way that perhaps no other artist has approached. Her early crowning jewel--the jazz opera Escalator ...