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Minimalist Jazz & An Interview With Caroline Davis

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Jazz and minimalism? An interesting combination that produces fascinating and hypnotic results which we will delve into in this episode of Mondo Jazz.

We also interview saxophonist Caroline Davis about her latest album, Heart Tonic, plus a loungy tribute to Cecil Taylor, and a preview of live performances by Patrick Zimmerli and Derek Gripper. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet

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"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star in a lost galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."

This somewhat gloomy prognosis might sound like a line straight from Douglas Adam's surrealistic comic novel ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2017

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Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival
Vilnius, Lithuania
November 15-19, 2017

Introduction

Although a going concern since 2002, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival doesn't possess the high profile internationally that its longevity might suggest. Set amid the baroque beauty of the Lithuanian capital, in an assortment of venues, the festival has brought together ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Neil Cowley

Jazz Musician of the Day: Neil Cowley

All About Jazz is celebrating Neil Cowley's birthday today!

As a young boy, London-born Neil Cowley studied classical music at the prestigious Royal Academy, and by the age of 10 had performed a Shostakovich piano concerto to a full house at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. By his mid-teens, Cowley had joined a friend in a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017: July 3-4

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-4, 2017

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It is a pleasure to be back in Montreal for what many have called “the best jazz festival in the world" (saxophonist Joshua Redman said so last night on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joseph Leighton Trio at Jazzhole

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Joseph Leighton Trio
Jazzhole, Top of the Town
Omagh, N. Ireland
June 24, 2017

Jazzhole may not be the most enticing name for N. Ireland's newest jazz venue. Then again, who's to say? For in spite of, or perhaps because of the borderline pejorative/boho-chic ambiguity of the name, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

Marie Kruttli Trio: Running After The Sun

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Swiss pianist Marie Kruttli returns on third album Running After The Sun to the trio format of her debut, Kartapousse (Konnex Records, 2015). This latest album, recorded in Berlin, highlights the strengths of Kruttli as a composer and the trio as musicians, with an impressive collection of original tunes.

Hot on the heels of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Laura Jurd: Big Footprints

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Every few years a band appears that injects a welcome shot of adrenaline into the jazz mainstream, exciting media, promoters and fans alike--the Neil Cowley Trio, Phronesis, GoGo Penguin and Snarky Puppy all spring to mind. Dinosaur, an English quartet led by trumpeter Laura Jurd, is being widely tipped to create such waves on the strength ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Phil Barnes' Best Releases of 2016

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It was tempting to view the events of 2016 in apocalyptic terms--even leaving politics to one side, the succession of beloved entertainers falling to the Grim Reaper was a salutary reminder of the limits of our own mortality. Some saw this as a sign of something ending, a watershed and not in a good way, but ...