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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches

Read "Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been a good year for New York-based, Japanese violinist/composer Tomoko Omura, whose second CD as leader, Roots (Inner Circle Music), has earned high praise from critics and peers alike. The roots of the title refer to Omura's heritage as she reimagines popular Japanese tunes through the prism of jazz. The ten tracks draw inspiration from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jutta Hipp: Lost Tapes: The German Recordings 1952-1955

Read "Lost Tapes: The German Recordings 1952-1955" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

German-born pianist Jutta Hipp (1925-2003) was enticed to travel to New York in 1955 by jazz writer/historian Leonard Feather. She was signed by Alfred Lion to Blue Note Records where she very quickly--within an eight month period--recorded three albums for the label: At the Hickory House, Vol. 1 (1955); At the Hickory House, Vol. 2, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzfest Berlin 2012: Berlin, Germany, November 1-4, 2012

Read "Jazzfest Berlin 2012: Berlin, Germany, November 1-4, 2012" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzfest Berlin 2012
Berlin, Germany
November 1-4, 2012
In 1964, famous pioneering jazz aficionado and impresario Joachim E. Behrendt founded the legendary Berlin Jazztage. The event, nowadays named Jazzfest Berlin, with its tumultuous history and multitude of faces, has since worked with a variety of different artistic directors. This year was the beginning of a new ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gerd Dudek: Day and Night

Read "Day and Night" reviewed by John Eyles

When saxophonist Evan Parker started his Psi label back in late 2001, the label's second release--following his own solo album, Lines Burnt in Light (2001)--was the excellent 'Smatter (2002), by Gerd Dudek, the German saxophonist's first release under his own name. In January 2012, when Parker curated a week-long series of concerts at The Vortex in ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Tommy Vig

Read "Take Five With Tommy Vig" reviewed by Tommy Vig

Meet Tommy Vig:
Born to a musical family in Budapest, Tommy Vig was internationally recognized as a child prodigy by the age of six, playing drums with his father, clarinetist Gyorgy Vig. His sense of improvisation, rhythm and energy at that young age made him unique, and he performed live concerts on radio, at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hans Koller with Bill Frisell: Cry, want

Read "Cry, want" reviewed by John Eyles

No, there is no need to re-read the heading or check the personnel list; guitarist Bill Frisell is included as a member of this Hans Koller twelve-piece ensemble. So, too, is Psi proprietor Evan Parker, making this the first recording featuring Parker and Frisell together--quite an occasion, eh?

In addition, alongside German-raised, London-based Koller ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hans Koller: London Ear

Read "London Ear" reviewed by Chris May

This may or may not be the last album Steve Lacy participated in before his death--it is certainly amongst the last, recorded as it was in December '03, only a few months before he died--but in any event it has another timely significance. In a month when the octogenerian US bandleader Gerald Wilson, fast becoming a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hans Koller: Wild Roses

Read "Wild Roses" reviewed by Chris May

Composer/orchestrator/pianist Hans Koller's most groundbreaking achievements to date have been his big band projects, which have picked up and carried forward in the UK the playful and quirky iconoclasm of the late, marvellous Loose Tubes. Mentored early on by veteran experimentalist Michael Gibbs, and building too on Gil Evans' textural inventions, Koller's big bands--which feature emergent ...