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The Fred Hersch Trio: 10 Years / 6 Discs

Read "10 Years / 6 Discs" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You might be surprised by pianist Fred Hersch's response to a near-death coma in 2008. Quoting from his memoir Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In And Out Of Jazz (Crown Archetype Press, 2017), “a confrontation with death brings home the preciousness of life... It was the newest, brightest, shining, most surprising, most uplifting feeling I ...

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John Zorn: Nove Cantici per Francesco d'Assisi

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John Zorn ci ha abituati da tempo a una produzione tanto quantitativamente copiosa quanto qualitativamente molto alta. Ultimamente ha diradato molto la frequenza delle pubblicazioni per la sua etichetta Tzadik, mantenendo però sempre un alto livello di qualità, e questo recente album ispirato alla figura di San Francesco d'Assisi rappresenta sicuramente uno dei suoi lavori migliori ...

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ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival

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Krannert Center
ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival
Champaign/Urbana, IL
September 5-7, 2019

It takes place every other year; every odd year. Going back to 2005, ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, held in the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana' one-stop-shop Krannert Center, has been celebrating the works of an amazing array of plectrists from all walks ...

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Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019

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Cankarjev Dom
Jazz Festival Ljubljana
Ljubljana
June 18-22, 2019

Ljubljana—capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of the EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy—hosts a now six decades old jazz festival. The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana opposite the ...

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Umbria Jazz 2019 - Seconda parte

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Umbria Jazz 2019
Perugia, varie sedi
12-21.7.2019

Dopo aver affrontato nella prima parte della recensione un sintetico resoconto dei concerti svoltisi all'Arena Santa Giuliana e alla Sala Podiani della Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, prendiamo ora in considerazione alcuni degli appuntamenti tenutisi al Teatro Morlacchi, tutti di sicura valenza jazzistica; a cominciare dalla prova ...

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Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock & More

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Straight outta San Francisco with his talented orchestra, Marcus Shelby opens this week's episode with music off his latest CD Transitions. We then move into the reason Marcus got into jazz and that would be the New Orleans titan Wynton Marsalis. The hour continues with Bonerama covering Led Zeppelin, Frank Grasso, Dennis Coffee and Etienne Charles. ...

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An Embarrassment of Riches

Read "An Embarrassment of Riches" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

It's a great time to be a jazz lover, with so many fantastic new releases that it's almost overwhelming. To quote Shakespeare, it's an embarrassment of riches! This week we have handpicked some of the most exciting new music, from giants like Bill Frisell and Chris Potter to indie upstarts and international artists like Theon Cross ...

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Julian Lage: Love Hurts

Read "Love Hurts" reviewed by Doug Collette

By the release of Modern Lore (Mack Avenue, 2018), Julian Lage had fully established his very own style of modern jazz, one arising directly from his approach to the electric guitar. Justifiably proud of what he's accomplished to date, yet not content to rest on his laurels, Lage stretches himself on Love Hurts, simultaneously freshening the ...

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Julian Lage: Love Hurts

Read "Love Hurts" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

A un anno esatto di distanza dal precedente Modern Lore arriva il nuovo lavoro di Julian Lage, ex enfant prodige della chitarra, che a soli 31 anni può già permettersi di festeggiare quest'anno i 20 anni trascorsi dalla sua prima incisione professionale (un duetto con il mandolinista bluegrass David Grisman nell'album Dawg Duets). Nel frattempo non ...

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Ben Wendel: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'evoluzione del progetto The Seasons di Ben Wendel trova organica espressione in un nuovo collettivo. La prima realizzazione è avvenuta nel 2015, con dodici duo-performance (pubblicate su YouTube) effettuate con altrettanti partner: Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Ambrose Akinmusire, Julian Lage ecc... Le composizioni sono state arrangiate l'anno successivo per dei concerti in quintetto alla Jazz Gallery ...