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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Area M - Playing John Surman

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Orchestra Nazionale Jazz dei Conservatori Italiani
Stagione Musicale Area M--Città Studi Sound
Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Milano
13.10.2018

John Surman al Conservatorio di Milano. La memoria corre ad un inverno di una trentina d'anni fa. All'unica occasione in cui avevo avuto modo di ascoltare il sassofonista inglese dal ...

Wodgi

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Trumpeter Dave Holdsworth has graced a number of key jazz recordings over the years, notably with Mike Westbrook, Barry Guy and Tony Oxley. At the same time, he recorded rather less than many of his peers from that important period in British jazz in the late '60s/early '70s. Instead of the vagaries of a career in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

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2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

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: PROFILES

Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons

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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: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Warren & The Brass Project: The Traveller's Tale

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The John Warren /John Surman collaboration The Brass Project(ECM 1478) recorded in 1992, was a belated follow-up to their previous 1971 collaboration Tales Of The Alonquin on Decca's Deram label. As John Kelman's 2005 review of the Vocalion reissue of Tales of the Alonquin avers, this was, in Kelman's words, a “seminal recording."

This ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Old York: Paolo Angeli, Derek Gripper, Geoff Lakeman, John Warren & Iain Dixon

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Paolo Angeli/Derek Gripper
The National Centre For Early Music
February 16, 2017

On this double-billed evening, acoustic guitars were found in their extreme opposites states, spreading from purity to perversion. From South Africa, Derek Gripper plays a natural axe, amplified only modestly, direct into a respectfully- distanced microphone. From Sardinia, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Turtle Records: Pioneering British Jazz 1970-1971

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This extended analysis discusses the celebratory release of the Turtle Records story, a clamshell box set containing a fifty page, 17,000 word booklet written by John McLaughlin biographer Colin Harper which includes rare photographs and new interviews. Crucially, it also includes the only three recordings to be issued on the label. The albums, originally released in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Norma Winstone: Edge of Time

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This reissue features many of the most significant musicians in British jazz of the late 1960s and 70s. It also benefits from imaginative compositions and arrangements by John Taylor, John Warren, Neil Ardley, John Surman and Norma Winstone herself.

The opening, title track written by Taylor and Winstone is a memorable exploration ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds

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Mention the phrase “the Norwegian sound" and many listeners will get an image in their head. An image of a natural, deep echoing sound influenced by the mountains and hills of the Norwegian landscape. Such an image is, of course, a cliché, but to some critics it has stuck and distorted the rich fertility of the ...