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Content by tag "Jon Hassell"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Martin Loyato: Involution

Read "Involution" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Have you ever wondered what directions Miles Davis might have taken if he hadn't retired from his electric fusion period in mid-1975? Perhaps he could have shifted his influences even farther east, traded the odd cocaine binge for an opium habit, and gradually replaced all the heavily layered African rhythms with some more minimalist drones out ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Da Cruz: Eco Do Futuro

Read "Eco Do Futuro" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The chronology: Eco Do Futuro is the fifth album by the band named for leader and vocalist Mariana Da Cruz. All four previous Da Cruz releases reached the US college radio chart top ten; they recorded all five in their own studio, Boom Jah Studios in Switzerland.

The music: “Da Cruz is the collision ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

PunktFestival 2017

Read "PunktFestival 2017" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norvegia
Varie sedi
31.8-2.9.2017

Come sempre Punkt è un festival fuori dall'ordinario e all'insegna dell'imprevisto e dell'imprevedibile. Una sorta di Industria 4.0 della musica: fuori dal “circolo" dei tour estivi, tipico dei festival jazz, e poco interessato a fotografare il passato e il presente, è invece molto attento ...

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." ...