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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Novara Jazz 2018

Read "Novara Jazz 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

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Novara Jazz 2018
Novara, Italy
May 31 to June 3, 2018

Novara Jazz is a three-week festival in Northern Italian town of Novara situated in the Piedmont region and the Po plain. It is a young and dynamic scion in the festival landscape with a strong spirit ...

Yokada: Stillness & Sirens

Read "Stillness & Sirens" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A new Stockholm-based piano trio, Yokada, has released their debut recording on Lisa Ullén's Disorder label. Though the sparse liner notes give no indication, it is a safe assumption that the trio's name comes from Andrew Hill's “Yokada Yokada" on Judgment! (Blue Note, 1964). This release--Stillness and Sirens--features one composition that is a tribute to Hill. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kerava Jazz 2018

Read "Kerava Jazz 2018" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Kerava Jazz Festival
Kerava, Finland
May 25-27, 2018

The town of Kerava plays as much roll in the lives of most Finns as just its fleeting name on the station that express trains speed through on their way to the capital Helsinki, 20 miles south. Or for the international traveler ...

Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

Johan Lindström Septett: Music For Empty Halls

Read "Music For Empty Halls" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is an old soul lurking in the body of guitarist Johan Lindström. I mean both the body corporal and his guitar body. His septet recording Music For Empty Halls draws the ear back to a time when music was less rushed and much more thoughtful. He's assembled a collection of compositions in a most considerate ...

Alberto Pinton Quartet: Live in Japan

Read "Live in Japan" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You never really recognize a musician or ensemble until you hear them live. In the studio, artists have the luxury of multiple takes and edits to fine-tune their sound. Live in concert, the trade-off for the lack of second takes, is the musicians' ability to feed off of the energies of the audience. Their true identities ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nacka Forum: We Are The World

Read "We Are The World" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Nacka Forum nasce nel 1999 come formazione improntata principalmente a reinterpretare brani di musicisti quali Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra e Art Ensemble of Chicago. Ben presto il quartetto abbandona quel repertorio per concentrarsi su composizioni originali, cui contribuiscono tutti i membri del gruppo. Giunta al quinto album Nacka Forum si conferma come una delle realtà più ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nacka Forum: We Are The World

Read "We Are The World" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Doom and gloom begone, now for some serious fun. Nacka Forum is back with their fifth recording. The Swedish/Danish quartet cherry picks the biography of jazz for the juiciest and sweetest music, combining systems and methodologies from Ornette Coleman to Sun Ra to create a high-spirited concoction of jazz entertainment.

Spinning We Are The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Oddjob: Folk

Read "Folk" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Having been commissioned by Swedish Radio in the early 1960s, Jazz på Svenska (Jazz in Swedish) (Megafon Records, 1964) became--and remains--the best-selling jazz recording in that country. The spare interpretations of early Swedish folk tunes was rendered by pianist Jan Johansson and bassist Georg Riedel. More than fifty years later, that country's quintet, Oddjob, mines those ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

HOOB Records: Ten Years Young

Read "HOOB Records: Ten Years Young" reviewed by James Pearse

There is something romantic about starting a record label nowadays. With few financial incentives and a whole bunch of work to do to get the record recorded, promoted and distributed, it's a wonder people start records labels it at all. But they do. And many do it very well indeed.

Artistic freedom is an ...