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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

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In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

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The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved.

The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Renato Cordovani, Agitatore Jazz

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Classe 1946, il sassofonista e clarinettista Renato Cordovani è uno dei musicisti storici dell'area fiorentina, per la sua presenza costante (pur con le pause che si è preso), per l'impulso creativo che ha offerto nei suoi oltre quarant'anni di carriera, per i musicisti che ha contribuito a far arrivare in città dal centro Europa, per il ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ichigo Ichie

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If there is any doubt that a Satoko Fujii orchestra is an ensemble of a different color, one simply needs to look at the bleeding-edge personnel that have played a part in her New York, Chicago and several Japan based versions. Now a Berlin variety of her troupe presents Ichigo Ichie, the pianist's first European player ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthias Schubert: 9 Compositions for the Multiple Joy[ce] Ensemble

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Il tenorsassofonista tedesco Matthias Schubert, una trentina d'anni fa tra le maggiori promesse del jazz europeo (e come tale inserito in formazioni che in qualche modo ratificavano tale status), strada facendo--in realtà uscendo spesso e volentieri dal nostro cono di luce--si è avvicinato alla composizione pura, con risultati che questo CD, inciso a Colonia nel dicembre ...

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Keefe Jackson

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01. Luigi Nono--A Carlo Scarpa/A Pierre/Guai ai gelidi mostri (Edition RZ-1990).
Nono è un grande esempio di come un artista ed il suo lavoro possano essere “politici" senza contraddizione tra l'essere artista e l'essere politico. Molti cambiamenti del ventesimo secolo sono profondamente ed in maniera esauriente riflessi nel suo lavoro. È sempre stimolante ascoltare ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthias Schubert / Simon Nabatov Duo: Descriptions

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Si conoscevano e frequentavano da quasi trent'anni ma, sino a oggi, nonostante i tanti concerti, non avevano mai avuto la possibilità di incrociare i propri strumenti registrando anche un disco insieme. Per fortuna loro e nostra il signor “risolvo i problemi" Leo Feigin, strabiliante mente operativa e produttiva di una buona metà della musica di ricerca ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthias Schubert / Simon Nabatov Duo: Descriptions

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Descriptions marks the initial alliance of venerable European improvisers, tenor saxophonist Matthias Schubert and pianist Simon Nabatov. Recorded live at a venue in Cologne, Germany, the musicians plan their modalities on descriptive nouns, which is an interesting proposition that tenders food for thought on a per-track basis. They mold song forms based on ephemeral or lengthy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthias Schubert: 9 Compositions for The Multiple Joy[ce] Ensemble

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Featuring an international cast, Matthias Schubert conducts a program that snugly resides in the avant-garde space. Each track is outlined in the liners, citing connotations, inspirations and homages, where it's up to the listener to connect the dots via his or her interpretations. It's a hybrid offering engineered with asymmetrical parts of classical, jazz improvisation, John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Nabatov: Roundup

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With venerable band mates generating a sympathetic framework, Russian-reared/New York City-based pianist Simon Nabatov re-fabricates ambiances into slightly fragmented story lines on the superb Roundup. Featuring semi-structured tone poems spiked with dissonance, budding grooves, and intriguing dialogues among the players, Nabatov opens with a transcendent melody on “Sunrise, Twice."

The pianist's cascading chord voicings and ...