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Mateusz Smoczynski: Metamorphoses

Read "Metamorphoses" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though violinist Mateusz Smoczyński has played with the likes of Tomasz Stanko, Branford Marsalis, Joachim Kuhn and Anna Maria Jopek, he's perhaps best known internationally for his four-year stint in Turtle Island Quartet and, currently, Atom String Quartet. With the latter, Smoczyński recorded Seifert (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, 2017), its brilliant tribute to violin virtuoso Zbigniew Seifert. ...

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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, ...

Zbigniew Seifert: Solo Violin

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In April 1974, a year after the break-up of Tomasz Stanko's first great quintet, Zbigniew Seifert gave his first solo violin concert. Another solo gig, two years later, produced the LP Solo Violin (EMI, 1978), which, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation to promote Seifert's legacy, once more finds its way onto ...

Variospheres: Live in Solothurn

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When Tomasz Stańko's first classic quintet came to the natural end of its road in 1973, with all its members looking for new directions in music, violinist Zbigniew Seifert embarked on a solo career that saw him record a number of albums with very different line-ups. In fact, bar a brief period at the end of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2018

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Bergamo Jazz Festival 2018
Varie sedi
Bergamo
18-25.3.2018

Ha festeggiato la 40ma edizione --dal 18 al 25 marzo --, uno dei più longevi festival nazionali ed europei, confermando la sua centralità con un ricco e variopinto programma che ha spaziato in vari ambiti senza cedere sul versante della qualità. In ...

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Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

I'm always conscious of the fact that no matter how much new music you listen to in a given year it represents but a handful of stars in a teeming galaxy. These are a few of the brightest stars to have illuminated my 2017.

The Firebirds
Aladdin's Dream
ILK Music

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Slovenian Showcase Festival 2017

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Slovenian Showcase Festival 2017
CD Club, Cankarjev dom
Ljubljana, Slovenia
September 22-23, 2017

An important part of the European Jazz Conference 2017, held in the Slovenian capital of jny:Ljubljana, was the Slovenian Showcase Festival, which presented some of the most original, progressive and entertaining of the current crop of Slovenian ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Atom String Quartet: Seifert

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Jazz string quartets are rare. Jazz string quartets as brilliant as Atom String Quartet, the Polish ensemble founded in 2010, are rarer still. This, the quartet's fourth release, sees Dawid Lubowicz, Mateusz Smoczyński (both violin), Michal Zaborski (viola) and Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello) embrace the music of Zbigniew Seifert, the great Polish violinist--and initially saxophonist--of Tomasz Stanko's ...

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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 ...

Tomoko Omura: Post Bop Gypsies

Read "Post Bop Gypsies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Think about your favorite jazz violinist. Now think about what style or sub-category of jazz that person would most easily fall into. Was your answer bebop? Probably not, I would venture to guess. It's not that I know your answer. This isn't a magic trick. For all I know it could've been Stéphane Grappelli, Jenny Scheinman, ...