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Richard Barbieri: Planets + Persona

Read "Planets + Persona" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Keyboards often play a supporting part in many ensembles, but Richard Barbieri still takes the idea farther than most. His roles as band member (in art-pop outfit Japan and eclectic rock band Porcupine Tree) have always been marked by a distinct lack of spotlighting. He works with atmospheres more than notes, and riffs or heads are ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Modus Factor: The Picasso Zone

Read "The Picasso Zone" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Versatiity is the key to the musical success of The Picasso Zone by the multi-national, polystylistic electric jazz trio Modus Factor. Based in Toronto, Modus Factor is comprised of Canadian drummer (and putative bandleader) Chris Lesso, trumpeter Brownman Ali--originally from Trinidad--and Uganada- born bassist Ian De Souza. Clearly, these guys' diverse origins contributed to their abiding ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Enten Eller: Tiresia

Read "Tiresia" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Italian super-gruppo Enten Eller returns with Tiresia a set of improvisations for the epicurist. I suggest the music connoisseur who prefers to indulge in the prolonged unwrapping of their experience can get the most out of the three lengthy compositions this quartet delivers. Maybe a better phrase would be, gives birth to.

A ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2016

In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all:

swing
blues
soul
improvisation
latin
gospel
R 'n' B
crossroads
silence
groove
world ...

Adam Rudolph - Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra: Turning Towards The Light

Read "Turning Towards The Light" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il percussionista e compositore statunitense Adam Rudolph è uno di quei musicisti ai quali qualsiasi etichetta va stretta. Basta scorrere la lista degli artisti con cui ha collaborato per rendersene conto: personaggi come Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, L. Shankar, Fred Anderson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, Omar Sosa, e soprattutto Yusef ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Big Ears Festival 2016

Read "Big Ears Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Big Ears Festival
Knoxville, TN
March 31-April 2, 2016

Since its beginning in 2009, the Big Ears Festival has always been willfully, unapologetically eclectic. Their own self-description is “a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance and the visual arts." ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Michel Benita: "sono proprio un figlio degli anni '60/'70"

Read "Michel Benita: "sono proprio un figlio degli anni '60/'70"" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

All About Jazz: Dopo due album come sideman, al fianco di Andy Sheppard, il tuo primo album da leader con l'ECM. Com'è andata?
Michel Benita: La prima registrazione con Andy Sheppard, Trio Libero, mi ha in effetti offerto l'occasione di incontrare Manfred Eicher. La comunicazione con lui è stata subito facile. Aveva già ascoltato ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Nils Petter Molvaer: Khmer

Read "Nils Petter Molvaer: Khmer" reviewed by John Kelman

Nils Petter Molvær
Khmer
ECM Records
1997

At a time when, with the sheer volume of music vying for attention it's almost an impossibility to release a recording that actually shakes the foundation of what music is and what it can be, there was a time, in 1997-98--and in, perhaps, the most ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Michel Benita Ethics: River Silver

Read "Michel Benita Ethics: River Silver" reviewed by John Kelman

It's no secret that music is something that can dissolve borders, transcend cultures, and speak with a language understood by all. That the decreasing size of the world has made it possible for artists from disparate countries to collaborate and create music that is truly greater than the sum of its parts--imbued not just with the ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Nenad Georgievski's Best of 2015

Read "Nenad Georgievski's Best of 2015" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

2015 was not an easy year. I became a dad for the third time while I was working on a Film festival for music documentaries. The festival itself was an uphill battle, but I managed to get it organized with astounding success. In the meantime I was writing constantly or was listening to music, as if ...


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