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Bob Gluck & Tani Tabbal: At This Time: Duets

Read "At This Time: Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bob Gluck is a gifted composer of electronic and acoustic music, as well as an educator and writer. As a pianist/keyboardist he has offered innovative and intensely creative modern jazz, finding inspiration in the familiar and the obscure. He has collaborated with Michael Bisio, Jane Ira Bloom, Ken Filiano, and many other top-tier artists. With Billy ...

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West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio: L.A. Strictly Confidential

Read "L.A. Strictly Confidential" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quarant'anni di Ictus, ventiquattro di States, diciassette come cittadino americano: con alle spalle questi numeri, se vogliamo persino pedissequi (ma significativi), Andrea Centazzo approda a un nuovo album, di rimpatriata jazzistica. Lo certifica lui stesso, affermando: “Il West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio riprende stilemi di quel genere, trasformando composizioni del mio repertorio (dall'opera lirica all'orchestra e ...

Confusion Bleue Live and in the Studio

Read "Confusion Bleue Live and in the Studio" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The collaborative combo Confusion Bleue is a rare a phenomenon on the contemporary jazz scene. Neither that the group utilizes sound snippets, nor that all their music is entirely improvised. confers on them a singularity. It is, however, the collective ability of its members to create intricate, highly orchestrated and profoundly moving pieces on the spot ...

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Andrea Centazzo Invasion Orchestra: The Battle

Read "The Battle" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Suite? Sinfonia? Musica a programma? Per alcuni aspetti, e in diverse misure, questo impegnativo lavoro di Andrea Centazzo potrebbe essere assimilato a ognuna di quelle forme compositive della musica classica. Ovviamente questa vuole essere solo un'illazione provocatoria che non intendo approfondire sotto il profilo tecnico. Quello che mi sembra incontestabile è che un disco come The Battle era auspicabile, rappresentando un'opera ...

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Confusion Bleue: East Side Banquet

Read "East Side Banquet" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Luminously recorded at East Side Studio in New York City, the superfine Confusion Bleue band reemerges with a sterling exposition, centered upon its democratic, but largely cohesive free-form manifesto. The musicians present a resonating group-centric sound, aided by Lee Pembleton's exquisite audio-engineering via a consortium of gusty improvisations and swirling breakouts. With rapidly-moving pulses, keyboardist Nobu ...

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Andrea Centazzo: Guitars

Read "Guitars" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Live improvisation is ephemeral yet creative, a fleeting sonic moment in time that is lost as quickly as sound dissipates through space. Paradoxically, a recording of that same performance is eternally uninspired, each playing being identical to the one before it. For three decades, percussionist/electronicist Andrea Centazzo has been among the most successful at blurring that ...

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Andrea Centazzo: West Coast Trio

Read "West Coast Trio" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

A man of many talents, Andrea Centazzo is a composer at home with classical, jazz and experimental music. As a musician, he plays percussion and keyboards, and is not immune to sampling to add to the impact.

Centazzo's music breathes and reverberates from the input of his band. He calls for an intuitive response ...

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Guido Mazzon Sextet: Flights Of Fancy

Read "Flights Of Fancy" reviewed by Nic Jones

Perhaps inevitably, this one's something of an epitaph for trombonist Paul Rutherford, whose death earlier this year robbed the improvised music fraternity of one of its most vigorous advocates.

Recorded in 1993 , this is a session that documents him in customary peerless form in the company of an Italian group alive to the possibilities inherent ...

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Kondo / Chadbourne / Centazzo: The Warriors

Read "The Warriors" reviewed by Nic Jones

The title of this one's misleading, as this is music made by unconditional collaborationists as opposed to anyone of a more aggressive disposition. The results of their collaboration embodies that old saying about the meeting of minds, and the results are the outcome of a highly refined group sensibility that was evidently defined by the trio's ...

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ROVA Saxophone Quartet and Andrea Centazzo: The Bay

Read "The Bay" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Ictus Records was co-founded by percussionist Andrea Centazzo with Carla Lugli in the late 1970s. The focus was on improvised music, contemporary styling and avant-garde jazz. Centazzo and Lugli ran the label until 1984 when the financial burden became too heavy to carry on. During that time, Ictus had a strong catalog with recordings of Centazzo, ...