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Michael Leonhart: The Painted Lady Suite

Read "The Painted Lady Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A trent'anni esatti dalla scomparsa di Gil Evans, la sua lezione orchestrale rivive e si alimenta di nuove suggestioni. Il sorprendente e straordinario debutto della Michael Leonhart Orchestra rinnova un'estetica che in questi decenni ha ispirato Maria Schneider, in parte Darcy James Argue e alimentato la ricerca filologica e la rielaborazione di Ryan Truesdell.

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Marc Ribot al Parco della Musica di Roma

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Marc Ribot
Parco della Musica
Roma
18.01.2018

Marc Ribot è sicuramente uno dei chitarristi più difficili da inquadrare in qualche categoria predefinita, talmente varie e numerose sono le esperienze musicali accumulate nei suoi quaranta anni di attività, dal punk alla contemporanea, dal latin rock al free jazz. Probabilmente la frequentazione ...

Yacine Boulares: Abu Sadiya

Read "Abu Sadiya" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il sassofonista e clarinettista di origini tunisine Yacine Boulares presenta qui un'interessantissima suite di musica originale, ispirata però ad Abu Sadiya, mitica figura dell'XI secolo appartenente alla tradizione tunisina che Boulares ha conosciuto attraverso i racconti del padre. Originario dell'Africa sub sahariana, probabilmente del Mali, giunto in Tunisia alla ricerca della figlia rapita e ridotta in ...

Jason Vitelli: Head Above Tide

Read "Head Above Tide" reviewed by Paul Naser

jny: New York-based artist Jason Vitelli should be highly commended for his efforts at blending songwriting with interesting musical forms and arrangements (think Steely Dan), a sound that is too often avoided. Rooted in his experience as a composer for film, Vitelli's music often has a theatrical sound. His baritone voice set against the sparse production ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

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The Beatles
Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years (2 DVD Deluxe Edition)
Universal Music Group
2016

Even with an almost immediately coincidental announcement of home video release in the early fall of 2016, Ron Howard's Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years elicited a response so great on its initially limited ...

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Lyle Mays Quartet: The Ludwigsburg Concert

Read "The Ludwigsburg Concert" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

He has been referred to as Pat Metheny's alter ego, in the way that Billy Strayhorn was to Duke Ellington. Pianist/composer Lyle Mays was born with perfect pitch in a tiny rural hamlet of Wisconsin. Had it not been for his family's strong affinity for music, Mays may have had little exposure in that environment. Mays ...

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Ku-umba Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band: Mingus Sings

Read "Mingus Sings" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'arte di Charles Mingus nel comporre song d'intesa forza lirica è stata messa in ombra dalla sua prorompente e tumultuosa espressività, al punto che risulta sorprendente ricordarlo nel ruolo di songwriter. Il nuovo disco della Mingus Big Band con Frank Lacy protagonista in veste di cantante, esemplifica questa dimensione dell'arte mingusiana raccogliendo 13 composizioni (due delle ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool

Read "Everything Is Cool" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Federal regulations require food and beverage manufacturers to provide “Nutrition Facts" on all package labels. They want you to know what you're digging into. Now, if recordings had that same requirement, Everything Is Cool from Giacomo Gates might read this way: “Ingredients: 100% genuine talent and devotion to the true art of jazz vocalizing. All natural ...

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Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool

Read "Everything Is Cool" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Giacomo Gates was almost forty years old when someone suggested that he try his hand at singing. Luckily for the rest of us, Gates thought that was a good idea, moved to New York City later that year (1989) and began singing in clubs. Six years later Gates recorded his first CD, Blue Skies, and Everything ...