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Enjoy Jazz 2018

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Enjoy Jazz International Festival for Jazz and More
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen
October 13-15, 2018

During fall Enjoy Jazz is a major well-established event running through the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar-region (2, 4 million inhabitants) in southwestern Germany, now in its 20th year. Unlike the fast-forward conveyor belt of musical acts at many jazz festivals, ...

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Charlie Haden And Brad Mehldau Duo, At Long Last

Charlie Haden And Brad Mehldau Duo, At Long Last

Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau, Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse!) Charlie Haden (1937-2014) combined the solid tonal qualities of his bass playing with an audacious sense of harmonic adventure. Those qualities were ideal for the departures of Ornette Coleman’s quintet in the late 1950s. After his time with Coleman, Haden continued to employ the contrasting aspects ...

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Jazz Sur Son 31 2018

Read "Jazz Sur Son 31 2018" reviewed by Luke Seabright

October 5th marked the start of the 2018 edition of Jazz Sur Son 31 in jny:Toulouse and its neighbouring towns. If jazz is part of Toulouse's DNA, a good reminder of this comes from the legacy of one the city's most popular artists, the singer Claude Nougaro who immortalised his hometown in the ballad “O Toulouse." ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kenny Werner: The Space

Read "The Space" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Let's ruminate on the state of jazz piano in the year 2018. It is a rich time, when perhaps a dozen hugely talented artists have reached the peaks of their artistry. Keith Jarrett, Marc Copland, Brad Mehldau, Bobo Stenson, Denny Zeitlin, Fred Hersch and a handful more are creating some of the richest and most beautiful ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Read "Where The River Goes" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

The inventiveness that Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel displayed on 2016's Rising Grace (ECM) is on display once more on Where The River Goes--again made with an American quartet, this time comprising pianist Brad Mehldau, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Eric Harland (who replaces Rising Grace's Brian Blade).

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ARTICLE: RADIO

Playing Changes by Nate Chinen

Read "Playing Changes by Nate Chinen" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we look at a great new book, “Playing Changes" by Nate Chinen. The show begins with a cut by Arthur Blythe, “Jitterbug Waltz" and moves right on into a more recent cut from Kamasi Washington off his CD The Epic. The program goes on highlighting artists featured in each chapter of this groundbreaking book ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ambrose Akinmusire, Dairo Miyamoto and Other Great New Releases

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire, Dairo Miyamoto and Other Great New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we'll go through a heap of outstanding new releases, ranging from tributes to seminal albums like Soul Station by Eli Degibri and the Far East Suite by Pierre Bertrand, to new releases by master pianists like Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau (in an unreleased duo with Charlie Haden!), Aaron Parks and Simone Graziano. Seasond avant-veterans ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Klaus Nørgaard: Village Life

Read "Village Life" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Some albums seem to capture a season perfectly. Jazz bassist Klaus Nørgaard, a mainstay of the Danish scene, has done this with Village Life, an album that brims with autumnal delight. The track “August Dance" is the equivalent of watching many-colored leaves dance in the wind. Drummer RJ Miller makes a light beat like castanets. He ...

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival
Hong Kong City Hall Theatre; Hong Kong Cultural Centre
October 7-13, 2018

“There are so many beautiful players in the world... and so few listeners," announced Jerry Bergonzi somberly from the stage, to a smatter of chuckles. That punchline might be flipped on its head ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brad Mehldau / Charlie Haden: Long Ago and Far Away

Read "Long Ago and Far Away" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Il 5 novembre 2007, il pianista Brad Mehldau e il contrabbassista Charlie Haden si esibiscono per la prima volta in duo alla Christuskirche di Mannheim, in Germania, in occasione dell'Enjoy Jazz Festival. A undici anni di distanza, la storica etichetta discografica Impulse! pubblica ora la registrazione di quel concerto, con il titolo Long Ago and Far ...