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Various Artists: Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

Read "Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS" reviewed by Chris May

The description “spiritual jazz" means different things to different people. It was first applied to the predominantly African American style platformed by the Strata-East and Muse labels in the early and mid 1970s. The tag was not introduced until a decade later, and a better one would have been “cultural jazz," despite the tautology--for although every ...

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MAGIMC: Polishing The Mirror

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The only thing that's puzzling about Polishing the Mirror is the album's title. I cannot fathom its significance. The music, on the other hand, is as direct and as immediate as it gets. Here, we have the wonderful improvising pianist Thollem McDonas in no-holds-barred free-jazz mode. Accompanied by saxophonist Eduardo Marraffa and percussionist Stefano Giust--two of ...

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Heinz Sauer - Michael Wollny: Don't Explain - Live in Concert

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Dieci anni di collaborazione con quattro album all'attivo (tra i quali A Certain Beauty e If (Blue) then (Blue)) testimoniano una partnership sorprendente tra musicisti anagraficamente assai distanti - Michael Wollny è appena trentacinquenne, Heinz Sauer ha da poco doppiato la boa degli ottanta - ma entrambi personalità dalla mente aperta, sorretti da innata curiosità concretizzatasi in progetti e collaborazioni le ...

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Jazzdor Berlin 2013: Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2013

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Jazzdor Berlin 2013
Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei
Berlin, Germany
June 5-8, 2013

The Jazzdor festival is part of Berlin's still highly attractive cultural and artistic climate of the post- wall era. The seventh edition of this four-day festival took place during the first week of June, 2013 at the Kesselhaus of a former brewery in ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival: Heidelberg / Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, Germany, October 30-November 7, 2012

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2012 Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 30-November 7, 2012
After a week in northern Sweden covering the 2012 Umeå Jazz Festival--where the were days shortening and the temperature dropping--moving south to Heidelberg, Germany was a welcome respite from the oncoming onslaught of winter that's also approaching back home in Canada. For this year's coverage of ...

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Heinz Sauer: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Album celebrativo, se così si può dire, degli oltre quarant'anni di attività di Heinz Sauer, splendido sassofonista, nonché uno di punti di riferimento del jazz tedesco. Scorrere cronologicamente il suo percorso musicale significa per molti versi analizzare anche le evoluzioni ed involuzioni del jazz teutonico degli ultimi decenni. Anche perché (e non potrebbe essere altrimenti), in questo album troviamo ...

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Heinz Sauer: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazz may be marginalized but, despite that unfortunate reality, it's still nearly impossible to keep up with the multitude of artists deserving attention--even when one of them is German saxophonist Heinz Sauer, a fixture on the German scene for over half a century. ECM fans may know his work on George Adams' Sound Suggestions (1979) and ...

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Heinz Sauer and Michael Wollny: Certain Beauty

Read "Certain Beauty" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Tenor saxophonist Heinz Sauer, who turns 74 this month, was a mainstay of the extraordinary European free jazz experiment of the 1960s. He played with late-sixties incarnations of the Globe Unity Orchestra, alongside a truly mind-boggling array of heavyweights (Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Evan Parker, Alexander von Schlippenbach); he would enjoy an even longer-standing ...

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Heinz Sauer & Michael Wollny: Certain Beauty

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Heinz Sauer, sassofonista storico della NDR Big Band, a lungo partner musicale di Albert Mangelsdorff negli anni Sessanta e Settanta, e Michael Wollny, nome emergente del nuovo jazz tedesco, avevano già colpito pubblico e critica con il precedente album intitolato Melancholia, per la loro capacità di disegnare atmosfere avvincenti utilizzando canovacci sonori di rado superiore ai tre minuti. Con questo ...