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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Belgrade Jazz Festival
Dom Omladine/Kombank Dvorana
Belgrade, Serbia
October 25-29, 2018

The 34th edition of the Belgrade Jazz Festival maintained its exciting strategy of diverse programming, from Kurt Elling to The Thing, Marc Ribot to Bobby Shew, Cortex down to The Necks. That's already an enticing blend of ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Read "Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed" reviewed by John Kelman

The consequences of change in the music industry have been predicted for some time now but, with far too many blinkered deniers, it's had to begin approaching critical mass before being recognized for what it is: the commoditization and devaluation of music that has led to increasing challenges for musicians looking to maintain any kind of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vula Viel: Do Not Be Afraid

Read "Do Not Be Afraid" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Having once wowed audiences at the London Jazz Festival, Vula Viel acquired a more unlikely fan in the shape of Iggy Pop. Maybe it's this trio's post- punk verve that grabbed the Stooges frontman, or Pop might have been seduced by hearing the gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in such an original context.

Bex Burch was ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2018 secondo Vincenzo Roggero

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Anche quest'anno tanti gli ascolti, tante le proposte interessanti, e come al solito, difficile sintetizzare il meglio in dodici dischi. Non necessariamente i migliori ma quelli che, in un modo o nell'altro, hanno lasciato un segno. In testa una conferma, Steve Coleman, eh sì ancora lui, per il disco certo, ma anche per i meravigliosi concerti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Necks: Body

Read "Body" reviewed by Luca Canini

Si potrebbe iniziare dicendo che il disco è il ventesimo (live esclusi) pubblicato dai The Necks in quasi trent'anni di carriera; oppure ricordando che il precedente, di disco, si intitolava Unfold, e che dal formato vinile (doppio) per Body il trio australiano ha deciso di tornare al caro, vecchio CD, ripristinando la regola aurea della traccia ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2017 secondo Nicola Negri

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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, ...