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The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience

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Saalfelden? For those who don't already know, it is a small Austrian town in a magnificent alpine landscape in the Pinzgau, 70 km west of Salzburg, famous for its jazz festival in August and January and popular as a vacation and sport area.

Character The festival has a great 40-years history having built a ...

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Per Texas Johansson, Torbjorn Zetterberg, Konrad Agnas: Orakel

Read "Orakel" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Da anni Moserobie, etichetta fondata dal notevole sassofonista Jonas Kullhammar, testimonia la scena svedese più effervescente, lanciando giovani di belle speranze, valorizzando ulteriormente musicisti già affermati, riscoprendo talenti che per i mutevoli casi della vita avevano abbandonato la scena musicale. E' il caso di Per “ Texas “ Johansson tra le figure più in vista del ...

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Kresten Osgood Quintet: Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz

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Danish drummer Kresten Osgood achieves the musical equivalent of pay-it-forward with Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz. His ensemble of up-and-coming Copenhagen musicians delivers convincing renditions of some archetypal compositions, plus three originals by the leader.

The choice of music on these two discs exposes the quintet to many types of possible criticism. Listeners familiar ...

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Novara Jazz 2018

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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 ...

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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. ...

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Kerava Jazz 2018

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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 ...

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Johan Lindström Septett: Music For Empty Halls

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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 ...

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Alberto Pinton Quartet: Live in Japan

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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 ...

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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 ...