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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brussels Jazz Weekend 2019

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Brussels Jazz Weekend
Brussels, Belgium
May 24-25, 2019

The annual Brussels Jazz Weekend fills up multiple venues across multiple zones, completely colonising this Belgian city with jazz, never asking for entrance fees, and even embracing other musical areas, such as global, roots, rock and electronica. It presents well over a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michele Rabbia - Gianluca Petrella - Eivind Aarset: Lost River

Read "Lost River" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There is a bewitching soundscape from a group of subtle and skilled aural sculptors on this beautifully abstract ECM Records session. The players' backgrounds touch on jazz, electronics, European folk and much more, but none of that really matters here. Their approach on Lost River is free of form and convention in the most liberating sense. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

On Miles' (not so) Silent Way

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On 30 July 1969 Miles Davis released In a Silent Way. After influencing generations of musicians, its tracks continue to sound as modern 50 years later as when they were first recorded.

This week we celebrate the musical trail blazed by that seminal album by focusing on musicians that have embraced Miles' electric ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz

Read "WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

After a lifetime in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the modern Caribbean and African cultural heritages of the majority of its vanguard players. The music also addresses the race, class ...

Mara Rosenbloom, Thumbscrew & Nation Beat

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Mara Rosenbloom/Melanie Dyer/Ken Filiano/Rashaan Carter
Soup & Sound
April 10, 2019

It's an old tradition, sometimes out of necessity, for artists to host low-key gigs in their own homes. The hyper-inventive and often powerfully percussive drummer Andrew Drury has been offering soup and sound for quite a while now, opening ...

Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, Paul Lytton, Peter Apfelbaum, Marcus Rojas & Cyro Baptista

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Evan Parker/Matthew Shipp/Paul Lytton
Roulette
March 25, 2019

Originally, this gig was billed as The Schlippenbach Trio, featuring a rare NYC showing from German grand master pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach. Anticipation was high, but the day before the show, it was announced that his work visa hadn't arrived in time ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Swana / Tim Motzer / Doug Hirlinger: Channels

Read "Channels" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's a jungle in here. The atmosphere is thick and close, even when things are still. Strange creatures keep flitting through the trees and rustling the bushes. The air never stays quiet for very long amidst the eerie calls of strange birds. The here in this case is a landscape that is imaginary, but that makes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ustad Saami: God Is Not A Terrorist

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God Is Not A Terrorist is by no stretch of the imagination a jazz album, but it contains deep and authentic music and will appeal to some AAJers. Ustad Saami is a master of the Pakistani vocal style known as surti, which is characterized by its use of microtones. Microtones are widely used in music throughout ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May's Best Releases of 2018

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After decades in the shadow of its American parent, 2018 is the year in which British jazz is finally coming of age. A growing community of London-based musicians is emerging with a unique aesthetic which reflects both the Caribbean and African musical heritages of the majority of its vanguard players and also such locally created styles ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gunter Baby Sommer: Baby's Party

Read "Baby's Party" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The music from the German duo of Günter Baby Sommer and Till Brönner is best described as gestural, meaning the pair utilizes posture and body movement to effect an oratory--in this case the somatic nature of Sommer's drum and percussion work and the flow of breath through Brönner's trumpet and flugelhorn.

On the occasion ...