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Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...


Two Sides of Marc Copland: Quartet and Solo

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Anyone interested in discovering the fascinating story of pianist Marc Copland should start out by reading John Kelman's excellent article: “Marc Copland: Growth Through Collaboration" (2005). It follows the trajectory of an artist that has evolved immensely throughout his career, with the most radical change being the shift in instrument from saxophone to piano. This shift ...

Kjetil Jerve / Tim Thornton / Anders Thorén: Circumstances

Read "Circumstances" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Astonishingly, this international trio--Kjetil Jerve from Norway, Tim Thornton from the UK and Anders Thorén from Sweden--had played only one concert together before they recorded the studio tracks from which the contents of this album were gleaned. That recording session lasted two hours but here has been whittled down to just under an hour's worth of ...


Formats – Solo Through Nonet

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One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...


Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall

Read "After the Fall" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Sembra ormai definitivamente tramontata la speranza di rivedere in concerto il trio Standards di Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock e Jack DeJohnette, che in trent'anni di attività ha riportato il moderno trio pianistico ai vertici dell'espressione jazzistica, ponendosi come punto di riferimento obbligato per tutti coloro che hanno adottato la stessa formula strumentale negli ultimi tre decenni. ...


Bill Evans: Very Early '70s

Bill Evans: Very Early '70s

Bill Evans changed in early 1972. The pianist who had looked like a gaunt accountant in the 1960s sported a mustache by 1971. A year later, his hair was college-campus long. He also sounded different. Instead of playing with poetic patience and lots of space, Evans sounded more agitated in his keyboard attack. This visual and ...


Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel

Read "Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Maurice Ravel is not only one of the great authors of 20th century classical music, but one of a handful of classical composers to have demonstrated an interest in jazz. During his tour of the United States in 1928, Ravel went to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, or Connie's Inn and the nearby Cotton Club, to ...


Federica Michisanti: tra ricerca e introspezione

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La contrabbassista romana Federica Michisanti si è rapidamente affermata come una delle nuove leve meritevoli di grande attenzione. Grazie ad un equilibrio tra immediatezza ed originalità, tra camerismo ed improvvisazione, i suoi progetti sono pieni di spunti fertili e stimolanti. In questa intervista ci parla del suo lavoro mosso tanto da un'ardimentosa ricerca quanto da un'intima ...


Hal Galper: Cubist

Read "Cubist" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Hal Galper has been in the jazz limelight now for over a half century, establishing his trademark sound in more traditional settings with alto saxophone luminaries Cannonball Adderly, and Phil Woods, and trumpet legend Chet Baker.

Yet in the new century, Galper has turned the piano trio concept on its collective ear, something that ...

Miles Davis: Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6

Read "Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As discussed at length in the liners by Ashley Kahn, the general consensus at the time (and a theory Miles' held strongly too) was that his landmark Quintet --Miles Davis, John Coltrane, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb and flight fingered pianist Wynton Kelly--was on its last leg, and you could cut the personal and creative ...