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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

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Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott DuBois: Autumn Wind

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When last we heard from guitarist Scott DuBois he was conjuring visceral thoughts of our coldest times on Winter Light (ACT Music, 2015). Now he's turned back the calendar one season, turning his attention toward harvest days with Autumn Wind.

While there are certain similarities between DuBois' two seasonal epics--the presence of bassist ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Il meglio del 2016 secondo Neri Pollastri

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Elencare le musiche migliori di un'annata è sempre cosa arbitraria e soggettiva, ma soprattutto espone al rischio di escludere altra musica, meritevole invece quanto quella inclusa (e, a volte, persino di più). Ne consegue che anche questo elenco--peraltro molto meditato -è tutt'altro che esaustivo, o definitivo. Indica però, certamente, musica che in questo 2016 mi ha ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016

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Another year is almost in the books. And while there were many things to fret about in 2016, a lack of good music wasn't one of them. A quick look back at the year reminds us that jazz legends remain strong, rising stars continue to rapidly ascend, newcomers are making their presence felt, and the dearly ...

Insalata d'ance dal duo al quartetto: Gebhard Ullmann e dintorni

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La partenza di questa nostra odierna circumnavigazione, che di primo acchito potrà anche apparire stravagante ma le cui motivazioni confidiamo appariranno poi piuttosto chiare, ha un nome e un cognome: Gebhard Ullmann, notevole sassofonista e clarinettista tedesco di cui ci occupiamo sempre volentieri. Nella fattispecie, lo troviamo coinvolto in tre recenti album (in un caso come ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott DuBois: Winter Light

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The journey from morning to night, from the dark and promising wintry dawn to the gelid day's goodbye, is one fraught with possibility. At least that's how guitarist Scott DuBois sees it. On Winter Light, Dubois tells the story of a single frigid day. It's as wondrous, chilling, atmospheric, and powerful as can be.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Berlin 2013: Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2013

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Jazzdor Berlin 2013
Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei
Berlin, Germany
June 5-8, 2013

The Jazzdor festival is part of Berlin's still highly attractive cultural and artistic climate of the post- wall era. The seventh edition of this four-day festival took place during the first week of June, 2013 at the Kesselhaus of a former brewery in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott DuBois: Landscape Scripture

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Tra i tanti chitarristi jazz emersi negli ultimi anni, il newyorchese Scott DuBois merita qualche attenzione particolare, in virtù del suo approccio allo strumento che poco concede alla tradizione, a differenza di molti dei suoi colleghi. La sua chitarra è come un pennello che usa per dipingere paesaggi sonori dal sapore impressionista, aspetto evidenziato anche dalla ...

Scott Dubois: Landscape Scripture

Read "Landscape Scripture" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Guitarist, Scott DuBois has taken a masterly turn with Landscape Scripture, an extended piece that carries aural impressions of one of Claude Monet's famous series of paintings, “Haystacks." The renowned French master had conceived of his pastoral exhibit in a series of 25 canvases that looked at the iconic sculptures of hay at different times of ...