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Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

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While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Music from William Parker and Whit Dickey

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Great music from the Aum Fidelity label with new albums from William Parker and Whit Dickey together with a selection of other recent releases and some classic “Bird."

Playlist William Parker in Order to Survive “Eternal Is the Voice of Love II" from Live/Shapeshifter (Aum Fidelity) 00:00 Whit Dickey Tao Quartets “Peace Planet" from ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Albert Beger, Gianni Lenoci, Gabriel Ferrandini & More

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It would be easy to riff on the title of bassist André Carvalho's new recording, The Garden of Earthly Delights, and come up with a very apt theme for this episode, something like Three Hours of Amazing Musical Colours, or The Crayola Effect. From Carvalho's release, based on Hieronymous Bosch's painting to the vibrant pastels of ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Trevor Watts

Jazz Musician of the Day: Trevor Watts

All About Jazz is celebrating Trevor Watts' birthday today!

Born in York, England; composer/arranger/alto & sop saxophones/piano/percussion. Trevor Watts\' family moved to Halifax in Yorkshire when he was 6 months old, and that is where he was brought up. Trevor is a completely self taught musician, and his early inspirations came from his fathers love ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Brussels: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Sal La Rocca, Igor Gehenot, Diederniko Kummsels & Makas

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Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Bozar
January 9, 2019

Much of this evening's programme featured compositions that are probably of interest to jazzers, particularly with the presence of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, although Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber will doubtless have more crossover appeal than most composers. There was ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wayne Horvitz, Kamil Piotrowicz and More

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This week we focus on a number of intriguing 'firsts.' The playlist includes acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's first foray into composing orchestral works, Wayne Horvitz' first traditional piano trio format recorded in the mountains of Montana, as well as Polish rising star pianist Kamil Piotrowicz and his sextet, Krzysztof Komeda's compositions interpreted by a top Australian ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Trevor Watts

Jazz Musician of the Day: Trevor Watts

All About Jazz is celebrating Trevor Watts' birthday today!

Born in York, England; composer/arranger/alto & sop saxophones/piano/percussion. Trevor Watts\' family moved to Halifax in Yorkshire when he was 6 months old, and that is where he was brought up. Trevor is a completely self taught musician, and his early inspirations came from his fathers love ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rova Saxophone Quartet: Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited

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If you own a copy of the original Saxophone Special (Emanem, 1975), flip the LP over to view a photocopy of Steve Lacy's original notebook (with spiral binding) score of the compositions “Staples," “Swishes," and “Snaps." This is all music he performed at Wigmore Hall in London in December 1974 in a saxophone quartet that included ...

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Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2017

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Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2017
Smartno, Slovenia
14-16.09.2017

Nel suo appuntamento annuale a Šmartno, sulle colline del Collio sloveno poco oltre Gorizia, il “Brda Contemporary Music Festival" continua a presentare il meglio della musica improvvisata europea.
Un piccolo ma significativo evento giunto alla settima edizione, che raccoglie un affezionato pubblico ...

Derek Bailey

Read "Derek Bailey" reviewed by John Eyles

Guitarist Derek Bailey was one of the more prominent and influential musicians from the “first generation of free improvisation" that developed in London in the mid-sixties and gradually promoted the music around the world. Although several members of that generation were leaders, Bailey often seemed the de facto leader of the group. Partly, this was a ...