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ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

The Gift of Music (Part 1)

Read "The Gift of Music (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Holidays are the season of gift-giving and music makes the perfect gift. So here's the first of a two part series featuring some of my favorite tunes as my holiday gift to end the year on a positive note.

Happy Listening!

Playlist

Donald Fagen “The Nightfly" from The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott DuBois: Autumn Wind

Read "Autumn Wind" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When last we heard from guitarist Scott DuBois he was conjuring visceral thoughts of our coldest times on Winter Light (ACT Music, 2015). Now he's turned back the calendar one season, turning his attention toward harvest days with Autumn Wind.

While there are certain similarities between DuBois' two seasonal epics--the presence of bassist ...

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills.

In the 21st century there are countless ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Allison Philips Trio: Allison Philips Trio

Read "Allison Philips Trio" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Straddling her residencies between New York City and Amsterdam, trumpeter Allison Philips has been performing since age fourteen, eventually landing at venues that have included Le Poisson Rouge, Iridium, and The Jazz Standard. Leading a quartet, she played the 2014 Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Philips has a BFA in Jazz Performance from the New School ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

C’è del mood in Danimarca! Viaggio nella Copenhagen del jazz, tra tradizione e nuovi collettivi

Read "C’è del mood in Danimarca! Viaggio nella Copenhagen del jazz, tra tradizione e nuovi collettivi" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

La città di Copenhagen è stata tra le prime e più attive capitali europee ad accogliere, sin dagli anni Cinquanta, alcuni dei migliori jazzisti americani che trovavano in Europa condizioni di lavoro e di rispetto artistico maggiori che in patria.
Musicisti come Oscar Pettiford, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Duke Jordan, Kenny Drew ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tomo Jacobson: When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C major I will follow you to the end

Read "When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C major I will follow you to the end" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Every record seeks its ideal listener, but this concept is very abstract and often remains a riddle, but to Polish-born bassist, Tomo Jacobson, his ideal listener is very real and responded in the best possible way to the music on his album When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nacka Forum: We Are The World

Read "We Are The World" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Doom and gloom begone, now for some serious fun. Nacka Forum is back with their fifth recording. The Swedish/Danish quartet cherry picks the biography of jazz for the juiciest and sweetest music, combining systems and methodologies from Ornette Coleman to Sun Ra to create a high-spirited concoction of jazz entertainment.

Spinning We Are The ...

Butch Lacy / Jesper Løvdal / Kresten Osgood / Mark Dresser: Being Playing

Read "Being Playing" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The reason why it is so important to musicians and listeners alike that records are released is that they are artistic statements, but also because they document the development of the musicians. Sometimes, when a musician releases very few records, the release of an album becomes an event and a rare chance to catch up with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott DuBois: Winter Light

Read "Winter Light" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The journey from morning to night, from the dark and promising wintry dawn to the gelid day's goodbye, is one fraught with possibility. At least that's how guitarist Scott DuBois sees it. On Winter Light, Dubois tells the story of a single frigid day. It's as wondrous, chilling, atmospheric, and powerful as can be.

Jakob Bro: Hymnotic/Salmodisk

Read "Hymnotic/Salmodisk" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The exploration of different musical formats has been one of the defining characteristics of Danish guitarist Jakob Bro for a long time. It makes perfect sense when you think about Bro's approach to music. He is an artist that likes to work with different voices to see what they can bring to the music.