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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Nels Cline 4 At Higher Ground

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The Nels Cline 4
Showcase Lounge at Higher Ground
South Burlington, Vermont
July 2, 2018

The actual calendar date of July 4th was two days away and the biggest local celebration was scheduled for the very next night at Burlington's waterfront. Yet some bonafide fireworks occurred in the Showcase Lounge of ...

Skydive Trio: Sun Sparkle

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There are parts of Norway where the sun hardly sets for months on end. It stays bright all night and dawn is never dark. The essence of this strange polar light finds its way into Sun Sparkle, the second album from Norwegian act Skydive Trio. Its predecessor, Sun Moee, also referenced our great burning star, which ...

Jurgen Burdorf: Picking Up Steam

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Picking up Steam is Dutch guitarist Jurgen Burdorf's third album in as many years. Like its predecessors, it finds Burdorf's punchy guitar at the center of a quartet--putting on show his diversified skillset which ranges from Americana to blues, jazz and funk, making for a juicy set of fusion tunes.

Seeing how all the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

Jazz em Agosto celebrates its 35th edition this year with a program entitled “John Zorn Special Edition”, for 10 days, from 27 July to 5 August, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. For the first time in the festival’s history, the entire program of Jazz em Agosto is organised around a single musician, the North- American John Zorn, celebrating ...

Nels Cline: Currents, Constellations

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Il primo brano di questo ottimo Currents, Constellation del quartetto di Nels Cline, parte con un accordo straniante e inaspettato che funge da establishing shot. Come succede in tanti film e telefilm, la prima inquadratura è studiata proprio per darci subito le coordinate di un preciso punto di vista che ci trascina dentro alla storia che ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

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It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...

The Nels Cline 4: Currents, Constellations

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Guitarist/composer Nels Cline's new quartet builds upon his collaboration with guitarist Julian Lage, which was documented on Room (Mack Avenue, 2014). Both wondered what it would be like to add a rhythm section; respected players, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey, accepted the invitation to join the duo during a residency at The Stone in ...

Nels Cline: Currents, Constellations

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Reigning Wilco guitarist and avant sound sculptor Nels Cline begins his second Blue Note release Currents, Constellations with a loud, vibrant crash of guitar crunch that echoes his many alt/rock road trips. But very quickly the responsive and elastic rhythm section of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey charges forth while Cline and soul-mate guitarist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Julian Lage: Modern Lore

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Modern Lore constitutes a measure of guitarist Julian Lage's grasp of the pragmatic values of a working musician. Adhering to the same three-piece unit with which he recorded his prior solo album, Arclight (Mack Avenue, 2016), he applies continuity to a career that has in recent years included solo work and duo shows with Nels Cline ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Julian Lage: Modern Lore

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As a young guitar prodigy, Julian Lage often went to gigs at the Bay Area jazz club Yoshi's. There he would sit up front, put his head on stage and watch admiringly. Backing his early heroes at Yoshi's were two musicians who now form a trio with Lage. Double bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen ...