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Vision Festival 2018

Read "Vision Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

Marty Ehrlich: Trio Exaltation

Read "Trio Exaltation" reviewed by Troy Dostert

After his previous release, 2013's magnificent big-band disc A Trumpet in the Morning (New World Records), it was unclear whether multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich would continue down the path of large-scale composition or return to the small-to-medium-sized ensembles he's used for most of his recorded output over the years. Well, he's gone small all right: all the ...

ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

Destination Africa! Part I: Mali, Morocco & Tunisia

Read "Destination Africa! Part I: Mali, Morocco & Tunisia" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this episode we'll explore jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, with a special focus on Mali, Morocco and Tunisia.

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Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Daniel Freedman “All Brothers" from Bamako ...

Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound: Rivers of Sound

Read "Rivers of Sound" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questa monumentale opera del compositore e trombettista iracheno-americano sviluppa una sintesi musicale iniziata nel 2006 col sestetto Two Rivers di cui facevano parte anche il sassofonista Rudresh Mahanthappa e il batterista Nasheet Waits. Amir ElSaffar fonde il jazz d'avanguardia con alcune forme tradizionali orientali: la dimensione melodica microtonale del maqam convive con un cangiante tappeto ritmico ...

Simona Premazzi: Outspoken

Read "Outspoken" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Friulana, autorevole formazione classica (diploma al conservatorio di Udine) e jazzistica (è stata allieva tra gli altri di Franco D'Andrea e ha figurato nella big band di Enrico Intra, da quasi quindici anni la pianista e bandleader Simona Premazzi si è trasferita a New York, dove coltiva collaborazioni di tutto rispetto, insegna e realizza la sua ...

Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: Not Two

Read "Not Two" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Much has been written about Amir ElSaffar's Iraqi-American background and the influence that birthright has had on his music. The demographics, however, do little to prepare the ear for the exotic and completely distinctive sound that he creates. ElSaffar's Western and Middle Eastern amalgam of disciplines had best manifested itself in his sextet, the Two Rivers ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Revis: Sing Me Some Cry

Read "Sing Me Some Cry" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La vicenda artistica di Eric Revis è esemplare per la propria coerenza: ci ricorda ancora una volta il ruolo avuto da molti contrabbassisti nel jazz contemporaneo, che sulle direttrici di metodo e prassi tracciate da Charles Mingus sanno coniugare una forte e sensibile preparazione sullo strumento alla capacità di organizzare stimolanti formazioni e di comporre in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Yacine Boularès: Coltrane by way of Descartes

Read "Yacine Boularès: Coltrane by way of Descartes" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Saxophonist Yacine Boularès took the road less travelled to discover and develop his passion for jazz. After graduating in philosophy from the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, he felt the urge to put into practice the notions of aesthetics he had researched for his dissertation. Following his studies at Paris' Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz Winter 25

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 25" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz Winter 25
Varie Sedi
Orvieto
28.12.2017--01.01.2018

Raggiunto il traguardo dei venticinque anni, come sempre Umbria Jazz Winter con la sua programmazione in ogni ora del giorno ha invaso le strade e i vari ambienti pubblici e privati della città tufacea, registrando una notevole affluenza di pubblico, che nella ...

NEWS: RECORDING

WM Project releases debut From a Familiar Place featuring Jeremy Pelt, Marshall Gilkes and Rafal Sarnecki

WM Project releases debut From a Familiar Place featuring Jeremy Pelt, Marshall Gilkes and Rafal Sarnecki

WM Project has released their debut album From a Familiar Place on WM Records. While WM Project is a brand-new constellation, the musical masterminds behind it, pianist Andrzej Winnicki and tenor saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, go back a long way. They have played together in the fusion group Electric Breakwater, and have furthered appreciation of Polish composer and ...