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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Wendel: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'evoluzione del progetto The Seasons di Ben Wendel trova organica espressione in un nuovo collettivo. La prima realizzazione è avvenuta nel 2015, con dodici duo-performance (pubblicate su YouTube) effettuate con altrettanti partner: Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Ambrose Akinmusire, Julian Lage ecc... Le composizioni sono state arrangiate l'anno successivo per dei concerti in quintetto alla Jazz Gallery ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More

Read "New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

New releases from Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi, and, Mats Eilertsen, plus a mop-up of some of last year's releases that I have not featured as yet.

Playlist Behn Gillece “Break the Ice" from Parallel Universe (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Giovanni Guidi “Avec Les Temps" from Avec Les Temps (ECM) 06:24 Mats Eilertsen Trio “Perpetum" from And ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Potter: Circuits

Read "Circuits" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Reedman Chris Potter is one of the most influential and inventive improvisors of these times. Circuits is Potter and keyboardist James Francies, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Linley Marthe

For more than two decades Potter's limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity and vibrant sense of swing have wowed critics, musicians and fans. Following three acclaimed albums ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Pianist Romain Collin Launches #taurussesh: Intimate video series features Collin and special guests

Pianist Romain Collin Launches #taurussesh: Intimate video series features Collin and special guests

Romain Collin has just launched #TaurusSesh, a series of intimate videos in which he explores the vast musical possibilities offered by his unique combination of acoustic piano, vocal loops and textures, and the bass synthesizer Moog Taurus. The first clip, the original Collin composition “Raw, Scorched and Untethered," features Collin playing solo. All other videos will ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams at UMS

Read "Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams at UMS" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams
Michigan Theater
University Musical Society 25th Annual Jazz Series
Ann Arbor, Michigan
December 8, 2018

Memphis native Charles Lloyd has seen a lot in his eighty years on the planet. His own musical voyage is the stuff of legend and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Wendel: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

For many centuries composers have set to music the different seasons each new year has to offer (lately, some show the tendency of disappearing more and more. Seasons, not composers). Baroque composer Vivaldi's very straightforward division in four on “Le Quattro Stagioni" has to be one of the most prominent examples. Saxophonist and composer Ben Wendel ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Wendel: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Stepping out as he occasionally does from the genre-mashing ensemble Kneebody, Grammy-nominated saxophonist / bassoonist Ben Wendel takes up the challenge of interpreting the seasons as they exist in this time of climate upheaval and delivers the dynamic, visceral The Seasons.

In 2015, inspired by Tchaikovsky's “The Seasons," Wendel set about writing and performing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Escreet: Learn To Live

Read "Learn To Live" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

From the light, airy smoothness of “Opening," through the nomadic, polyrhythmic, suite “Broken Justice (Kalief)" (which brings to contemporary life Weather Report's axiom: “Everyone solos but no-one solos") to the poppy, practically Stevie Wonder-ish “Lady T's Vibe," keyboardist/composer John Escreet's fusion proves to be a many-headed, sinewy hybrid. All are brought to the forefront on Learn ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JazzMI 2018 - III Edizione

Read "JazzMI 2018 - III Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

JazzMI 2018--Terza Edizione
Milano
1.-13.11.2018

Terza edizione di JazzMI, festival che si impone all'attenzione della città con la forza dei grandi numeri. Oltre 200 eventi, 500 artisti, 100 location sparse per tutta la città (periferie comprese, è bene sottolinearlo), tra mostre fotografiche, dibattiti, interviste pubbliche, proiezioni cinematografiche e ovviamente concerti, tra ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Read "Where The River Goes" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

The inventiveness that Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel displayed on 2016's Rising Grace (ECM) is on display once more on Where The River Goes--again made with an American quartet, this time comprising pianist Brad Mehldau, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Eric Harland (who replaces Rising Grace's Brian Blade).

Where The River Goes ...