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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

King Crimson: Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972

Read "Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972" reviewed by John Kelman

"Never say never," or so the old adage goes. When it comes to music, there are two more that should be added: “farewell tour" and, most certainly as it relates to King Crimson's Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972, “the complete recordings." This, the 48th in the veteran group's King Crimson Collector's Club series of archival ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Choi Sun Bae: Arirang Fantasy

Read "Arirang Fantasy" reviewed by John Sharpe

A 1995 meeting in Tokyo between Korean and Japanese proponents of the art of free jazz furnishes another entry in the Chap Chap series of improvised encounters issued by the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint. From Korea, Arirang Fantasy introduces trumpeter Choi Sun Bae, who also features alongside Japanese trumpeter Itaru Oki on Kami Fusen (NoBusiness, 2017), and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Euphorium_freakestra: Grande Casino

Read "Grande Casino" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It may be fitting that the very first translation of James Joyce's Ulysses was from English into German. What, you ask, does this have to do with the three- disc release Grande Casino by Euphorium_freakestra? It's not a suggestion to read (or attempt to read) Ulysses, a book so dense in its 730 pages that it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gil Sansón / Lance Austin Olsen: Works on Paper

Read "Works on Paper" reviewed by John Eyles

Coinciding with the first anniversary of the formation of the Elsewhere label, its sixth release maintains the high standards set by the previous five. If anything, the two-CD set Works on Paper may be slightly more experimental, even risk-taking, than its predecessors--none of which could ever be described as safe.

First, some history. Back ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Derek Bailey

Jazz Musician of the Day: Derek Bailey

All About Jazz is celebrating Derek Bailey's birthday today!

Bailey was born in Sheffield, England. A third generation musician, he began playing the guitar at the age of ten, going on to study with John Duarte among others. As an adult he found work as a guitarist and session musician in clubs, radio, dance hall ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

Jazz and the Rules of the Knife Fight

Read "Jazz and the Rules of the Knife Fight" reviewed by Peter Rubie

There's a great scene near the beginning of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, when Butch (Paul Newman) returns to the Hole in the Wall Gang and is challenged for leadership of the gang. As Butch and Harvey face off, Butch says to his enormous opponent, “Let's get the rules straight first." Harvey straightens in surprise ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Derek Bailey // Three Presences at Cafe Oto

Read "Derek Bailey // Three Presences at Cafe Oto" reviewed by John Eyles

Simon H. Fell, Mark Wastell, Alex Ward
Derek Bailey // Three Presences
Cafe Oto
London
March 2, 2018

Many people will have done a double-take upon seeing this evening in the Café Oto programme. Over twelve years after the much-loved guitarist Derek Bailey died on Christmas Day 2005, he seemed to be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Rempis: Icoci

Read "Icoci" reviewed by John Sharpe

In avant jazz, as in other artistic endeavors, talent alone isn't enough. Success requires a large slice of luck too. Chicago-based reedman Dave Rempis knows that as well as anyone. As a consequence he works hard at making his own luck: he concentrates on running a string of regular outfits; assembles a network of supportive venues; ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Rempis, Jasper Stadhouders, Frank Rosaly: Icoci

Read "Icoci" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Due lunghi brani per cinquanta minuti complessivi di musica, caratterizzano l'ennesima fatica discografica di Dave Rempis e della sua etichetta Aerophonic. Come al solito ci troviamo difronte a musica “dura e pura," senza compromessi, densa, libera espressione artistica, autonoma e in pieno controllo da parte degli artisti. Al sodalizio di lunga data fra Rempis e Frank ...

John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles

In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...