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Orchestre National de Jazz: Europa Berlin

Read "Europa Berlin" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

When guitarist-composer Olivier Benoit was appointed in 2014 as the new artistic director of the prestigious French Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ) some local neo-cons expressed their worries that this orchestra may lose its jazzy touch. Benoit composed before music for orchestras like the Lille-based Circum Grand Orchestra and the La Pieuvre ensemble, but is known ...

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Now's the time III: The best in contemporary jazz from France and [tax haven] Luxembourg

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Every. One. Of. These. Tracks. Is. A. Keeper. To be swept up in a fervor when listening to music (always an unexpected pleasure) and finding it next to impossible not to write about the experience--during as well as after--is the dream all music journalists crave and celebrate every time they find themselves returning to that zone. ...

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Matthieu Metzger: SelfCooking

Read "SelfCooking" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

SelfCooking offers a glimpse into the busy mind of a restless musician, French saxophonist Matthieu Metzger. Deep thoughts about weird compositions that have lurked in his memory, accidental explorations while playing with the extended family of saxophones and the joyful cooking of sonic textures, spiced with electronic treatments, some are his own design of real time ...

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Orchestre National de Jazz: Piazzolla!

Read "Orchestre National de Jazz: Piazzolla!" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

The Argentinian composer, bandoneón player and tango revolutionary Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was no stranger to jazz. As a music student in Paris in the mid-1950s, he was inspired by the joyous improvisation he witnessed in the effervescent Left Bank jazz scene. He would go on to collaborate with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan (Summit/Reunion Cumbre, Erre, 1974) ...

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Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2011: Days 1-3

Read "Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2011: Days 1-3" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 8-10

32th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio
April 28-May 8, 2011

Like most jazz festivals, the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, now in its 32nd year, features a fair share of tributes to jazz legends. Slated this time around were tributes to usual suspects Miles ...

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Orchestre National de Jazz: Shut Up And Dance

Read "Orchestre National de Jazz: Shut Up And Dance" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Orchestre National de Jazz

Shut Up And Dance

Bee Jazz

2010

Daniel Yvinec's first foray as artistic director of France's National Jazz Orchestra, a tribute to English rock oddball Robert Wyatt (Around Robert Wyatt, Bee Jazz, 2009) drew well-deserved critical praise. To some, however, it sounded more like a pop ...

Orchestre National de Jazz: Around Robert Wyatt

Read "Orchestre National de Jazz: Around Robert Wyatt" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Orchestre National de Jazz

Around Robert Wyatt

Bee Jazz

2009

Hearing that France's National Jazz Orchestra has prepared a program of music by Robert Wyatt, the venerable sage of English rock and roll, is intriguing, but not necessarily shocking. After all, the legendary Soft Machine, for which Wyatt served as drummer ...

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Orchestre National de Jazz: Electrique

Read "Electrique" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

In the wake of the magnificent Close to Heaven (Le Chant du Monde, 2006), the French national jazz orchestra's tribute to the Led Zeppelin songbook, musical director Franck Tortiller found himself attracted to the early 1970s plugged-in jazz-rock fusion of the Headhunters, Weather Report and Lifetime. The result is Electrique. That's his story, anyway, and it's ...

Orchestre National de Jazz: Close to Heaven

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Orchestre National de Jazz
Close to Heaven
Le Chant Du Monde Harmonia Mundi --->
2006

Some readers might recall, fondly or otherwise, Dread Zeppelin, a band with at least one too many gimmicks: fronted by an Elvis impersonator, they performed reggae versions of Led Zeppelin songs (in place of the ...

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Orchestre National de Jazz: Charmediterran

Read "Charmediterran" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Diversity is the keynote of the Orchestre National de Jazz, led by Paolo Damiani, the first foreign musical director of the French Orchestra. The charms of the Mediterranean that sweep through the music are evoked by the many rhythmic patterns of the lands of the region. More, the compositions come from Damiani, Trovesi, Jeanneau and Brahem, ...