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Ice, Ice, Baby

Read "Ice, Ice, Baby" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Mike's apparently random picks for this episode, whose release dates range from the mid-fifties to this very year, turn out to have at least one aspect in common: the artists involved illustrate different aspects of “cool."

After detours exploring Michel Petrucciani's personal life and Mike's beef with British jazz critics, we wind things ...

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The Necks: Body

Read "Body" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Their official biography calls The Necks “one of the great cult bands of Australia," which says more about their fan base than the music they play. But it's still not a bad place to start; certainly, the mesmerizing improvised, slow-moving sound they create together is not likely to attract a mass audience. Like most of their ...

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The Necks: Body

Read "Body" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Australia's greatest cult band, The Necks, has twenty albums to its creative and collective credit, amongst them Aether (Fish of Milk, 2001), Open (Fish of Milk, 2013) and Hanging Garden (Fish of Milk, 1999). Pianist/keyboardist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer, percussionist and guitarist Tony Buck create an ever-expanding rhythmic organism that constantly feeds off ...

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Minimalist Jazz & An Interview With Caroline Davis

Read "Minimalist Jazz & An Interview With Caroline Davis" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Jazz and minimalism? An interesting combination that produces fascinating and hypnotic results which we will delve into in this episode of Mondo Jazz.

We also interview saxophonist Caroline Davis about her latest album, Heart Tonic, plus a loungy tribute to Cecil Taylor, and a preview of live performances by Patrick Zimmerli and Derek Gripper. ...

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Il meglio del 2017 secondo Nicola Negri

Read "Il meglio del 2017 secondo Nicola Negri" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Un altro anno di musica straordinaria: dodici dischi (e una manciata di concerti memorabili) per riflettere sul 2017 appena concluso. Maestri come Wadada Leo Smith e Roscoe Mitchell continuano a stupire per coraggio e coerenza; Nicole Mitchell e Satoko Fujii si confermano musiciste e compositrici di valore assoluto; si delineano nuove prospettive grazie a Irreversible Entanglements, ...

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Il Meglio del 2017 Secondo Luca Vitali

Read "Il Meglio del 2017 Secondo Luca Vitali" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Un'annata buona, caratterizzata da alcuni graditi ritorni fuori dai canonici confini del jazz: Arto Lindsay, a tredici anni dal precedente «Salt», Jon Balke, con il secondo capitolo dedicato alla musica arabo andalusa di «Siwan», e in ultimo (ma non per importanza) John Lurie, che dopo diciassette anni di oblio forzato è tornato a farci visita nei ...

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Il meglio del 2017 secondo Luca Canini

Read "Il meglio del 2017 secondo Luca Canini" reviewed by Luca Canini

Un altro anno di ascolti, un altro bilancio da tracciare. Dodici dischi per dodici mesi. Difficile. Difficilissimo. Ma in fondo divertente. E forse anche un po' utile: per chi compila e per chi legge. Un altro anno di ascolti, un altro anno di grande musica. Con Steve Coleman e Craig Taborn davanti a tutti per meriti ...

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We Jazz Festival 2017

Read "We Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Anthony Shaw


We Jazz Festival
Helsinki, Finland
December 2-9, 2017

Being a party animal at latitudes above 60 degrees takes some doing in the winter months, in Anchorage as in Archangel. Helsinki is south of both cities, just, but is host to one of Scandinavia's hottest and yet coldest modern jazz festivals in ...

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Trio Heinz Herbert: The Willisau Concert

Read "The Willisau Concert" reviewed by John Sharpe

It can't do any harm as an aspiring musician if a close relation runs a record company. But let's be clear that the young Swiss threesome Trio Heinz Herbert's appearance on the esteemed Intakt imprint is based entirely on merit, without a whiff of nepotism on the air. Right that's got that out of the way. ...

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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 ...