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“Harlem 1958” - Celebrazione di un evento irripetibile

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Una foto, semplicemente una “foto," non uno scatto veloce, affrettato o rassicurante come per il “digitale," bensì qualcosa di tangibile, quasi materico, che fa pensare a quanta fatica e desiderio siano stati spesi per generare un'immagine tanto bella e significativa. Sì, un'immagine poi diventata manifesto emblematico nonché straordinaria celebrazione di un evento irripetibile. Appassionati, conoscitori, esperti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Dickson Jazz Quartet: Winter Horizons

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Winter Horizons is the last of Cincinnati-based baritone saxophonist Larry Dickson's four-part salute to the seasons which began in 2015 with Second Springtime and includes Summergold Promises and Donora Autumn. As before, Dickson leads a quartet whose charter members are bassist Michael Sharfe and drummer Jim Leslie. Alto saxophonist Rick Van Matre, Dickson's band mate in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Masters: Our Metier

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There are a lot of fine composers writing for large jazz ensembles today, so many that some names can get lost in the shuffle. Mark Masters is a case in point. You don'r hear about him often, possibly because many of his recordings feature his ensembles playing the music of other composers like trombonist Grachan Moncur ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Second Night)

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For its second night of music on January 4, the 23rd Punta del Este Jazz Festival in Uruguay welcomed saxophonist Gary Smulyan playing the music of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan with bassist David Wong, drummer Rodney Green and trumpeter Diego Urcola. Also onstage were the Aaron Diehl trio with Paul Sikivie and Quincy Davis as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ted Rosenthal: Dear Erich, A Jazz Opera

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Ted Rosenthal is one of the most renowned pianists of his generation. He won first prize at the second Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has been awarded several NEA grants as a composer. Well known as the pianist in Gerry Mulligan's final quartet, Rosenthal has recorded or performed with many other artists, including Bob ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood

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After a stint in New York, saxophonist Greg Ward was lured home to Chicago in 2016 by a project based on Charles Mingus's The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse! Records, 1963). Ward's new vision of this record was widely acclaimed, not least for its performance with a ballet company, as Mingus had desired.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chick & Steve, Two Pairs of Covers, Wordplay & More

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Putting a show together, I sometimes amuse myself by posing programmatic 'problems' that help break my usual routines. To wit: we offer you two pairs of disparate covers of Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk tunes during the first hour and play word games with tune titles in the second hour.

The 2018 Downbeat Readers' ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Library of Congress Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn

Library of Congress Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn

The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the original manuscripts documenting the work of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. An important star in the jazz firmament, Strayhorn was the source of much of the sound of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He worked with Ellington for nearly 30 years, writing or collaborating on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tempo di Chet. La versione di Chet Baker

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Compagnia del Teatro Stabile di Bolzano
Paolo Fresu, Dino Rubino, Marco Bardoscia
Teatro Comunale
Bolzano
8-11.11.2018

Il sipario si apre su una scena che fonde tra loro esterni e interni: ricostruisce un quartiere che potrebbe essere ispirato alla Hermosa Beach degli anni Cinquanta, o alla Central Avenue di ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Gerry Mulligan, Adam Price & More

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This week we begin with a profile of a the fresh jazz sounds out of the United Kingdom with The Beats and Pieces Big Band featuring the group's leader Ben Cottrell off their latest commemorative CD simply entitled Ten. It celebrates a full decade of their groundbreaking jazz groove. The hour continues with a mincing of ...