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Massimo Biolcati

In the 21st century jazz is truly a global movement, and New York bassist Massimo Biolcati embodies the music’s creative reach. A first-call accompanist, producer, composer and bandleader, he’s best known as a founding member of Gilfema, the acclaimed collective trio with Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth and Beninese guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke that recorded two albums for Obliqsound. The group also recorded three albums for Blue Note as the Lionel Loueke Trio, including Karibu with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Once again known as Gilfema, the trio recently recorded a third album, which Biolcati produced

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Massimo Biolcati: Incontre

Read "Incontre" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Massimo Biolcati is somewhat of a quiet giant. This is revealed not only by the elegant way in which he handles his double bass but is furthermore expressed by his humble personality on-stage as well as off. So much for the quiet aspect. Why a giant? Raised in Italy and Sweden, Biolcati graduated from both the ...

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Lionel Loueke: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The Journey finds Benin's guitar prodigy Lionel Loueke in a stripped-back setting, often painting gentle sound-sketches using only his voice and a guitar. In place of his long-standing trio, comprised of drummer Ferenc Nemeth and double bassist Massimo Biolcati, Loueke has assembled a divers array of guest musicians for subtle accompaniment when needed. The fifteen songs ...

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Lionel Loueke Trio at A-Trane

Read "Lionel Loueke Trio at A-Trane" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Lionel Loueke Trio A-Trane Berlin, Germany February 22, 2018 How Beninese guitar-virtuoso Lionel Loueke manages to find the time for the multitude of projects he is involved in year after year remains puzzling. Already featured on Chick Corea and Steve Gadd's 2018 release Chinese Butterfly and Czech saxophonist Lubos Soukup's Zembe, ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 28-30, 2017 There are just so many cultural events going on in Ireland over the May Bank Holiday weekend that it can be a bit of a head-spin deciding what to opt for. Roots music gatherings, literature festivals, classical recitals, a chamber ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Dayna Stephens Releases "Gratitude" on Contagious Music

Saxophonist Dayna Stephens Releases "Gratitude" on Contagious Music

Featuring Dayna Stephens, Brad Mehldau, Julian Lage, Larry Grenadier, and Eric Harland. Available on Contagious Music. “Gratitude leaves a lasting impression swimming in honest emotion and beautiful sounds. Dayna Stephens' journey thankfully isn't over, and the results are something we can all be grateful for as well."—Geno Thackara, AllAboutJazz.com “To hear his music is to fall ...

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Matt Slocum: Trio Pacific, vol. 1

Read "Trio Pacific, vol. 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"In queste session--dice Matt Slocum--ero interessato a sviluppare una struttura compositiva più aperta, pensata per l'approccio estetico del trio. Questa formazione sembra adattarsi meglio all'interazione collettiva che all'affermazione di lunghi assoli individuali. È ancora un formato relativamente nuovo, essendo appena un anno che suoniamo in trio ma sento un'intensa connessione musicale, la più forte mai provata." ...

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Lionel Loueke: GAïA

Read "GAïA" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Guitarist Lionel Loueke brings a presence to jazz unlike any other due in part to his West African upbringing heard in the uniqueness of his playing, vocals and phrasing which have enriched recordings from trumpeter Terence Blanchard to singers Angélique Kidjo and Luciana Souza. Recorded live in front of a small audience Gaïa finds Loueke with ...

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Introducing Nir Felder

Read "Introducing Nir Felder" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La recente uscita di Golden Age, debutto da leader di Nir Felder (Okeh 2014), conferma i positivi riconoscimenti che il chitarrista ottiene sulla scena musicale di New York. A partire da maestri come Greg Osby, Terri Lyne Carrington o Jack DeJohnette, molti jazzmen l'hanno coinvolto nei loro organici, facendolo conoscere oltre la cerchia del suo pubblico ...

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Matt Slocum: Black Elk's Dream

Read "Black Elk's Dream" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Musicians always aim to tell a story with their music, but drummer Matt Slocum goes one better on Black Elk Speaks: Slocum uses a story--an entire individual's history, in fact--to shape his own telling of musical tales. On his third release, following Portraits (Chandra Records, 2009) and After The Storm (Chandra Records, 2011), ...


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