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Michael Leonhart: Suite Extracts Vol. 1

Read "Suite Extracts Vol. 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Credo proprio di non esagerare ma è dall'uscita di There Comes a Time di Gil Evans che non ascoltavo un album orchestrale così eclettico nella sintesi di materiali diversi. Il nuovo disco di Michael Leonhart segue il debutto di The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside 2018), il maestoso affresco musicale che evocava l'impressionismo del primo Evans, con ...

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Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when Marc Copland was releasing multiple albums every year, sometimes as many as three or four, like in 2009, when the veteran pianist (who began his musical life as a saxophonist) released his second solo piano album, Alone (Pirouet); an intimate duo date with veteran bassist Gary Peacock, Insight (Sketch); and the ...

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Do the Jazz Shuffle

Read "Do the Jazz Shuffle" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we have have decided to do the jazz shuffle, and by shuffle we don't mean the jazz rhythm, but the feature that allows to play anything on a hard-drive in a randomized order. A perfect approach to revel through unexpected pairings, daring juxtapositions and accidental non sequiturs.

After all if one ...

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John Zorn: Nove Cantici per Francesco d'Assisi

Read "Nove Cantici per Francesco d'Assisi" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

John Zorn ci ha abituati da tempo a una produzione tanto quantitativamente copiosa quanto qualitativamente molto alta. Ultimamente ha diradato molto la frequenza delle pubblicazioni per la sua etichetta Tzadik, mantenendo però sempre un alto livello di qualità, e questo recente album ispirato alla figura di San Francesco d'Assisi rappresenta sicuramente uno dei suoi lavori migliori ...

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ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival

Read "ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival" reviewed by John Ephland

Krannert Center
ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival
Champaign/Urbana, IL
September 5-7, 2019

It takes place every other year; every odd year. Going back to 2005, ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, held in the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana' one-stop-shop Krannert Center, has been celebrating the works of an amazing array of plectrists from all walks ...

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Bill Frisell: Harmony

Read "Harmony" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Renowned guitarist Bill Frisell's Blue Note Records debut Harmony is a pleasant album. This does not imply lack of innovation, the saccharine sound or the absence of bite and sorrow. These hues of bite and sorrow actually dominate the fourteen selections, which in patented Frisell manner run the gamut from traditional Americana to Elvis Costello to ...

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Rudy Royston's Flatbed Buggy

Read "Rudy Royston's Flatbed Buggy" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Rudy Royston's latest project, Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Music), is an expertly crafted, chamber-like jazz ensemble with musical influences that range from blues and Americana to rock and gospel. Featuring a stellar line-up with Hank Roberts on cello, John Ellis on woodwinds, Gary Versace on accordion and Joe Martin on bass, the music of this project is ...

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Russ Lossing: Motian Music

Read "Motian Music" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Nato a Columbus, Ohio, nel 1960, Russ Lossing è un pianista che, anche proprio per anzianità di servizio, meriterebbe certo maggior fama di quella di cui gode. Influenzato dal lessico jazzistico come dai vari Bartok, Schönberg e John Cage (col quale ha anche intrattenuto un sia pur fugace rapporto personale), Lossing ha suonato con gente importante, ...

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Bill Frisell: Harmony

Read "Harmony" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Iconic guitarist-composer Bill Frisell has chosen to primarily emphasize the Americana side of his music for his debut as a leader for Blue Note Records. When Frisell organized his new band with vocalist Petra Haden, cellist Hank Roberts and guitarist-bassist Luke Bergman he was struck by the fact that all of the band members but him ...

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Mark Wingfield & Gary Husband: Tor & Vale

Read "Tor & Vale" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Virtuoso guitarist Mark Wingfield was last heard leading a trio on Tales From The Dreaming City (MoonJune Records, 2018). He and pianist Gary Husband may have never played duets together before, but the results sound like it was inevitable--a fated meeting. Opener “Kittiwake" is the first of Wingfield's compositions, a lyrical legato guitar line over a ...