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Thomas Heberer / Yoni Kretzmer / Christian Weber: Big

Read "Big" reviewed by John Sharpe

On a preliminary scan of the album sleeve, the instrumentation suggests chamber jazz, while the collective genesis of the six pieces suggests free jazz or free improv. But that tells only part of the story. In fact what German-born, NYC-based trumpeter Thomas Heberer (Nu Band, ICP Orchestra), Israeli saxophonist now resident in Brooklyn Yoni Kretzmer (Outnow ...

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WDR 3 Jazzfest 2018

Read "WDR 3 Jazzfest 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Theater Gütersloh / Bunker Ulmenwall Bielefeld
Gütersloh / Bielefeld
February 1-3, 2018

WDR stands for Westdeutscher Rundfunk, which is the public radio organization of the German federal state of North Rhine Westphalia based in Cologne, the jazz capital of the federal state. WDR 3 refers to the third program-line nowadays also indicated as ...

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November Music 2016

Read "November Music 2016" reviewed by Henning Bolte

November Music
s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
November 11-13, 2016

November Music is a yearly festival, founded in 1993. It is held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch, in the southeast part of The Netherlands. s'-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) was the hometown of well-known Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516) who died 500 years ...

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Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber, Christian Wolfarth: Thieves Left That Behind

Read "Thieves Left That Behind" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Arriva al quarto album, questo trio svizzero dedito alla musica improvvisata, il primo per l'etichetta Veto dopo passaggi su Leo, Monotype e Hatology. Stavolta la formazione vede il pianista Michel Wintsch impegnato solo su strumenti elettrici -sintetizzatore e piano elettrico -cosa che porta il trio in una direzione atipica e tutta da esplorare.

Nella ...

Solitudini pianistiche in casa Hat

Read "Solitudini pianistiche in casa Hat" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Una gran bella infornata di album editi nel giro di pochi mesi dalla HatOlogy ci consente una quanto mai istruttiva panoramica su una delle formule più classiche del jazz (e del resto non solo di quello) come il pianoforte solo. Con qualche disseppellimento degno di particolare attenzione.

Cecil Taylor
Garden 1st ...

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The Peeled Eye: The Peeled Eye

Read "The Peeled Eye" reviewed by John Eyles

The Peeled Eye is the debut release from Boris Hauf's revived Shameless label, which has switched from being a subscription-only limited edition label to releasing experimental rock, noise and pop recordings. This release is an edition limited to three hundred copies pressed on yellow vinyl. Collectable, eh?

In The Peeled Eye, Hauf's own baritone ...

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Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Chris Corsano: Malus

Read "Malus" reviewed by John Sharpe

Named musician of the year in the El Intruso 2013 critics poll, trumpeter Nate Wooley looks to be on a roll. That's in spite, or perhaps that should be because, of being so hard to pin down. His output stretches from experimental solo works such as Trumpet/Amplifier (Smeraldina-Rima 2011) and The Almond (Pogus Productions, 2011), to ...

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Michel Wintsch - Christian Weber - Christian Wolfarth: Willisau

Read "Willisau" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Willisau follows up the Swiss trio's The Holistic Worlds Of (Monotype, 2012) and once again the artists are seemingly intent on routing one's imagination through multiple locations, while not embarking upon a utilitarian approach to the core jazz or avant- jazz piano trio concepts. In fact, the band proffers an antidote to the norm, which can ...

Oliver Lake / Christian Weber / Dieter Ulrich: All Decks

Read "All Decks" reviewed by John Sharpe

So successful was the off-the-cuff meeting that produced For A Little Dancin' (Intakt, 2010) that American reedman Oliver Lake once again renewed acquaintance with the Swiss pairing of drummer Dieter Ulrich and bassist Christian Weber at Zurich's unerhört Festival. But this time out they rang the changes by adding German trombonist Nils Wogram. So far so ...

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Nate Wooley / Christian Weber / Paul Lytton: Six Feet Under

Read "Six Feet Under" reviewed by John Sharpe

Having established a template with their eponymous 2007 Broken Research debut and Creak Above 33, (psi, 2010), avant trumpeter Nate Wooley and English drummer Paul Lytton have been looking to stretch the confines of their duo with the addition of impromptu guests. Accomplices on their 2008 American tour included guitarist Fred Frith, pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist ...