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2013 Enjoy Jazz Festival

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Enjoy Jazz 2013
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany
November 6-14, 2013

It's always a treat to return to Heidelberg for Enjoy Jazz. As a very intended contrast to most jazz festivals, that compress a lot of music into a very short time, Enjoy Jazz's founding premise, when it was first conceived 15 years ago by ...

Nova Jazz Orchestra / Christian McBride Big Band / NYJO

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Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Who Sez You Can't Dance to Bebop?

Nova Jazz

2010

When last heard from, Minnesota's dauntless Nova Jazz Orchestra was performing alongside the legendary Stan Kenton Orchestra--well, not actually “alongside," but as part of the Tantara label's ongoing two-disc salute to Kenton, Double Feature, Vol. 2. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hubert Nuss: The Book of Colours

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Ambitious projects like Hubert Nuss' The Book of Colours are not unheard of. Here, the German pianist endeavors to explore multiple modes based on a color wheel. Russian synesthete and composer Alexander Scriabin was profoundly moved by the smell and feel of color in his composing, attempting a synthesis of the five senses in his unfinished ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hubert Nuss: The Book of Colours

Read "The Book of Colours" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Music is a treat for the ears, for the sense of hearing. But are the borders separating the senses permeable? Can Red Garland's piano notes be said to “sparkle?" Can Paul Desmond's alto saxophone have the sound of a dry martini? Are these metaphors, perhaps, based to some extent on realities along a continuum of sensory ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hubert Nuss: Feed the Birds

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Already in his forties and an in-demand player in his native Germany with the NDR and WDR Radio Big Bands, among others, pianist Hubert Nuss is something of an unknown entity elsewhere, certainly to North American audiences. And that's a shame, because based on the strength of Feed the Birds, his first release for the relatively ...