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ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

2018 Winter Jazz Festival Preview & 2017 Highlights (Part 1)

Read "2018 Winter Jazz Festival Preview & 2017 Highlights (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Happy New Year! In the first 2018 episode of Mondo Jazz we look back at some of the great releases of 2017 and look forward to the Winter Jazz Festival, which every January brings the New York jazz year into full gear, with previews of some of the international artists featured in its program.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Henry Lowther: can't believe, won't believe

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If any jazz ensemble can be said to define the word “prolific" it's not Henry Lowther's Still Waters. The band's debut album, ID, appeared in 1997. can't believe, won't believe is its second release, just 21 years later. Good things, as they say, come to those that wait.

Bandleader, composer and trumpeter Lowther has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Obsessions Octet: Steppin' Up

Read "Steppin' Up" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When Kent Sangster and his wife Joanna Ciapka-Sangster founded the Obsessions Octet in 2005, they brought together three strands of music: classical, tango and jazz. The Octet is divided right down the middle between the classical and jazz segments. Here it takes eight to tango and together they delve into that form of music. The classical ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

McCandless, Taylor, Balducci, Rabbia: Evansiana

Read "Evansiana" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Questo disco nasce nel 2014, pensato per dare seguito al precedente lavoro del quartetto messo assieme da Pierluigi Balducci, Blue for Heaven, ma la scelta del contenuto (e quindi del titolo) è dovuta da un lato -come scrive Balducci nelle note -al fatto che i «quattro musicisti forse non vedevano l'ora di poter suonare Bill Evans», ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Phil DeGreg: Queen City Blues

Read "Queen City Blues" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Jaunty recordings like pianist Phil DeGreg's latest Queen City Blue are what we all need from time to time to just kick back and catch our breath for a few minutes or drive from here to there without all the pressing needs, traffic roadblocks, and political wrong-headedness closing in. No grand statements, no big names. Just ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alf Häggkvist: Blue Serge

Read "Blue Serge" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Originario del nord della Svezia, Alf Häggkvist vive da venticinque anni a Stoccolma ove ha avuto l'opportunità di collaborare con molti musicisti del suo paese e non solo. Apprezzato compositore e autore di canzoni, è anche un ottimo pianista, sensibile, espressivo e dalle notevoli capacità improvvisative. In questo Blue Serge è impegnato in un pregevole piano ...

Charles Rumback: Threes

Read "Threes" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In becoming an outlet for the Chicago scene and elsewhere during the last ten years, the ears&eyes label has recently done its share to highlight the work of drummer Charles Rumback. 2015 was a particularly productive year for him, in fact: he released a quartet record (In the New Year) with altoist Caroline Davis, guitarist Jeff ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2017

It's always a thrill to return to Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM). Deemed the biggest jazz festival in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records, it only ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons

Read "Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We talk often of the stars, like 'Trane and Miles. We remember the bandleaders, such as Basie and Duke. We even recall the composers and arrangers, Ellington again, Gil Evans and Monk. And we never forget those star soloists like Johnny Hodges or Lester Young. But the guys in the machine room, the guys who make ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dolomiti Ski Jazz - XX Edizione

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Dolomiti Ski Jazz -XX Edizione
Val di Fiemme
10-18.03.2017

Venti anni di attività non sono pochi. Per festeggiarli degnamente, gli organizzatori del Dolomiti Ski Jazz hanno confezionato un'edizione celebrativa del festival, con tanto di simpatica ed informale cerimonia di premiazione degli amici e frequentatori più assidui.