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The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven

Read "The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven" reviewed by Arthur R George

Heaven for some is a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield. For Pete Douglas, it was a house on a beach with a jazz club in his living room, a would-be heaven also for anyone who dropped in. Douglas passed on, in 2014 at age 85, sitting at his desk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But his ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

The music of drummer/composer Paul Motian is revered in certain circles of jazz, while resting in obscurity among others. The performing credits of Motian run deep and are extensive, but as a author of highly original music, he lies in the under-documented category. This will not last much longer as, in the years since his passing, ...

Ilaria Capalbo: Invisible Atlas

Read "Invisible Atlas" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is nothing more intimate in jazz than a duo. To be successful, musicians must be familiar, faithful, and comfortable with the chosen music and maybe more importantly, with each other. Such rapport is the theme of Invisible Atlas by two Neapolitan jazz musicians, pianist Stefano Falcone and bassist Ilaria Capalbo. Both have studied in Sweden ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ralph Towner al Parco della Musica, Roma

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Ralph Towner
Parco della Musica
Roma
18.05.2018

Ralph Towner è un chitarrista dallo stile completamente unico e inconfondibile, sviluppato e affinato negli anni fino a un livello di assoluta maestria che fonde la tecnica classica con l'improvvisazione jazzistica, aggiungendo occasionalmente un tocco di Brasile. Nato come pianista nel segno di ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brad Mehldau Trio al Parco della Musica, Roma

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Brad Mehldau Trio
Parco della Musica
Roma
12.05.2018

Ogni tanto capita che un artista esca dal suo ambito di riferimento generalmente ristretto per venire esposto a un pubblico più vasto ed eterogeneo. Succede ad esempio a quei musicisti jazz che vengono “scoperti," più o meno occasionalmente, da un pubblico generico ...

Francis Hon: Before Dawn

Read "Before Dawn" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Taiwanese pianist Francis Hon didn't plan on becoming a jazz musician. But, during his doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of Texas, he met Jeff Hellmer, Director of Jazz Studies at the university, and that connection initiated Hon's pathway into the world of jazz--one he further explored during an eventual move to New York ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Zach Brock: La Nuova Stagione Del Violino Jazz

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Diventato popolare per la collaborazione con Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock è tra i massimi violinisti emersi nel nuovo millennio e contribuisce a riportare lo strumento al centro della scena jazzistica. Influenzato in gioventù dai violinisti europei degli anni settanta --Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert e Didier Lockwood --ha ampliato la sua prospettiva dal rock al jazz storico, ...

Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Read "Seymour Reads The Constitution!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Brad Mehldau has an adventurous and innovative side, one that he displays on Largo (Warner Brothers, 2002) and Highway Rider (Nonesuch, 2010), albums that feature expansive and--with Largo--electronic inputs. But he always returns to the acoustic trio format that brought him to prominence. It began with a series of five Art Of The Trio albums ...

Yuko Togami: Dawn

Read "Dawn" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Yuko Togami's Dawn arrives as a beautiful surprise. It is the debut of the Japanese-born and now New York-based artist. Debut sets don't carry great expectations--one hopes for competence and a hint of a flair for the art form, the occasional creative spark shooting up from an otherwise acceptable but perhaps mediocre effort. For a ...

Fred Hersch: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Fred Hersch has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since the 1970s. By now a legendary international figure, Hersch has over the years compiled a powerful and diverse discography that includes everything from jazz standards to original compositions, a mostly solo album of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, an original composition, Leaves ...