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Various Artists: Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

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The description “spiritual jazz" means different things to different people. It was first applied to the predominantly African American style platformed by the Strata-East and Muse labels in the early and mid 1970s. The tag was not introduced until a decade later, and a better one would have been “cultural jazz," despite the tautology--for although every ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

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The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved.

The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Cologne: The Dorf, Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra & Jaki Liebezeit: A Tribute

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The Dorf meets Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
Stadtgarten
Cologne, Germany
January 21, 2018

Stadtgarten is one of Germany's prime music venues, now heading into its 32nd year of existence. It's situated to the western side of Cologne, just across the train tracks, and next to several surrounding ...

Evan Parker

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In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dieter Glawischnig: Winged by Distance (Live at Theater Gütersloh)

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Animatore musicale della cosiddetta scena musicale creativa ed improvvista europea sin dagli anni Settanta, il pianista e polistrumentista austriaco Dieter Glawischnig --che vanta numerose collaborazioni, tra gli altri con Anthony Braxton, Karl Berger, Albert Mangelsdorff, John Surman e Conny Bauer--documenta in Winged by Distance (Live at Theatre Gutersloh) un'esibizione improntata al “qui ed ora," in cui ...

Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert

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Eberhard Weber
Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert
Naxos
2015

German bassist Eberhard Weber's 75th birthday celebration has already been documented in audio form on Hommage à Eberhard Weber (ECM, 2015). This video document more fully captures the celebratory tone of the event, includes a bit of bonus material, and perhaps ...

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Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden: Frictions / Frictions Now

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History is written by the victors. That holds as true for art as for war. When looking for pioneers from the formative days of free jazz in Germany, the names of reedmen Peter Brötzmann and Gunter Hampel, trumpeter Manfred Schoof and pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach are likely to spring to mind. But now the Lithuanian No ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Eberhard Weber: Hommage à Eberhard Weber

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Despite being waylaid from playing the instrument that defined his approach to both performance and composition by a severe 2007 stroke, Eberhard Weber has managed to accomplish the seemingly impossible feat of continuing to make recordings that revolve around his instantly recognizable, custom-made electro-acoustic instrument: 2013's Resumé and 2015's appropriately titled Encore, both on ECM Records, ...

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November Music 2014

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November Music
s' Hertogenbosch
November 8-9, 2014

November Music is a festival of contemporary music, new music in the broadest sense, held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch in the southeast of The Netherlands and home of painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516). Besides the core of contemporary composers' music there are neighboring branches ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Sven Ake Johansson: Jazzbox

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Funny how listening to the five-CD Jazzbox by free jazz drummer Sven-Åke Johansson may remind you of the British punk rock band The Clash's first hit single “Train In Vain" (1980). Like Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, Johansson's career has been one that has worked to challenge the language of American music. In The Clash's case, ...