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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: LIVE REVIEWS

French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience

Read "French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy.

The Strasbourg festival is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Il tocco di Django!

Read "Il tocco di Django!" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Il pianista e compositore inglese Django Bates è sempre stato un artista versatile e originale.
Nel suo ultimo disco per la ECM, The Study of Touch, guida il proprio trio Belovèd (completato dal bassista Petter Eldh e dal batterista Peter Bruun) attraverso una manciata di intriganti brani originali, ma rilegge anche un classico parkeriano ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Django Bates: Delightful Piano Touch

Read "Django Bates: Delightful Piano Touch" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

British pianist and composer Django Bates has always been a multifaceted artist. On his recent ECM release, The Study of Touch, he leads his Trio Belovèd (featuring Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun) through a set of intriguing originals, as well as reworking the classic Charlie Parker composition “Passport."

We spoke ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams

Read "Blue Maqams" reviewed by John Kelman

Following an unusually long, five-year gap between 2009's low register-driven The Astounding Eyes of Rita and 2014's particularly ambitious orchestral collaboration, Souvenance, Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem returns with Blue Maqams, another game-changing release on ECM Records. Change--or, in some cases, natural evolution--has never been hard to find on Brahem's previous nine albums for the label, the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

PunktFestival 2017

Read "PunktFestival 2017" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norvegia
Varie sedi
31.8-2.9.2017

Come sempre Punkt è un festival fuori dall'ordinario e all'insegna dell'imprevisto e dell'imprevedibile. Una sorta di Industria 4.0 della musica: fuori dal “circolo" dei tour estivi, tipico dei festival jazz, e poco interessato a fotografare il passato e il presente, è invece molto attento ...

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: LIVE REVIEWS

Parma Jazz Frontiere 2016

Read "Parma Jazz Frontiere 2016" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Parma Jazz Frontiere 2016
Casa della Musica, Teatro Regio, Palazzo Sanvitale
Parma
18-20.11.2016

Anche quest'anno abbiamo scelto il sottofinale (cioè il penultimo week-end) per compiere il nostro annuale pellegrinaggio, sempre gradito sia per la serietà della rassegna che per il fascino della città, a Parma in occasione della rassegna diretta ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Galway Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Galway Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Galway Jazz Festival
Various Venues
jny:Galway, Ireland
October 7-9, 2016

The best jazz festivals are not necessarily the biggest. They're not always the ones with the marquee names. The best festivals, without a doubt, are the ones you remember, years later, for having had a hell of a good time. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Euopean Jazz Conference 2016: Polish Jazz Showcases

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European Jazz Conference: Polish Jazz Showcases
National Forum Of Music
jny:Wroclaw, Poland
September 22-24, 2016

One of the great things about returning to Poland each time is the exposure to new jazz talent, because beyond the internationally renowned marquee names--the historic Polish greats--are a great number of outstanding artists. How ...