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JAZZTOPAD 2018

Read "JAZZTOPAD 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazztopad Festival
Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music
National Forum of Music, Club Mleczarnia
November 21-25, 2018

Jazztopad is the annual Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw, a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, has character, lots of peculiar neighborhoods, populated by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jamie Baum Septet: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Far from prolific, Jamie Baum has recorded just four albums in the past decade. However, each recording has clearly been created because the flutist was inspired to contribute something new. Bridges is presented as six songs separated equally by the three part “Honoring Nepal: The Shiva Suite." This almost cinematic 20-minute centerpiece composition is an expansive ...

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

Read "3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition" reviewed by Ian Patterson

3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Kraków
Poland
July 25-28, 2018

“An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mural: Shishi's Wish

Read "Shishi's Wish" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Prende il nome dal suo disco d'esordio, questo trio nippo-tedesco-cileno nato a New York nel 2015. Giunto al secondo album, Mural conferma la prospettiva trasversale, spaziando da momenti di marcata concitazione elettrica --una sorta di fusion rivisitata evidente in «Giacomo!» e in «Geronimo» --ad altri acusticamente riflessivi, venati di atmosfere folk.

I tratti costanti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shawn Lovato: Cycles of Animation

Read "Cycles of Animation" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The title of bassist Shawn Lovato's debut record, Cycles of Animation, is wholly appropriate, as Lovato's compositions are filled with incessant motion. With a good deal of rhythmic dynamism and a fluid, loosely-structured sound, the album is a convincing statement from Lovato and a sign of even better things to come.

Lovato has a ...

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Jeff Dingler: In Transit

Read "In Transit" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Living and working between the African and North American continent, bassist Jeff Dingler combines the influences of the two essentially different musical cultures on his sophomore effort, appropriately entitled In Transit, creating a most fluent fusion of Ethio-Jazz in a Bebop context. The musicians enhancing and realizing his musical vision are drummer Gusten Rudolph, pianist Lou ...

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Shawn Lovato: Cycles of Animation

Read "Cycles of Animation" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

For his debut album, Cycles of Animation, New York bassist Shawn Lovato has gathered an impressive, equally forward-thinking cast of musicians, comprised of guitarist Brad Shepik, saxophone virtuoso Loren Stillman, Argentinian pianist Santiago Leibson and drum stick juggler Chris Carroll. The innovative guitarist Shepik has been going at it in various formations, experimenting with a vast ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

John Abercrombie Remembered

Read "John Abercrombie Remembered" reviewed by Dave Allen

This past August the world lost one of the most distinctive voices of jazz guitar in the past 50 years. John Abercrombie's music was a strong influence and inspiration for many guitarists and musicians developing in the '80s and '90s. His sound, touch and thoughtfulness was immediately distinctive from other guitar heroes of that or any ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

The Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle's most anticipated and community oriented jazz event, will take place May 17-20, and will headline legendary saxophonist, Chico Freeman. Dubbed three decades ago as one of the “young lions" of jazz for his participation in recordings with other "stars to be," such as Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, and Paquito D'Rivera, Freeman's career has established ...

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Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You

Read "Sedimental You" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early stages of his career, bassist/composer Mark Dresser was working with the likes of Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, and Gerry Hemingway. His long track record of working in composition and improvisation has made him one of the most respected artists in creative music. On Sedimental You, Dresser surrounds himself with a top tier ensemble ...