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Rain Sultanov & Isfar Sarabski: Cycle

Read "Cycle" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The church organ has been a bit player in jazz history, impacting about as much as an Alfred Hitchcock cameo--blink and you'd miss it. Jan Garbarek and Kjell Johnsen's meditative duo album Aftenland (ECM, 2000) and a trio of gothic jazz recordings by Asaf Sirkis and the Inner Noise spring to mind, but after that you'd ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzahead! 2018

Read "Jazzahead! 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Bremen Trade Fair Hall
Jazzahead!
Bremen, Germany
April 21-23, 2018

Jazzahead!, the three-day annual jazz marketplace marketplace of/for jazz in the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany with 3,283 participants from 61 countries stood strong and steady again this year. A total of 40 showcases over three ...

Nicolas Masson: Travelers

Read "Travelers" reviewed by John Kelman

Following two recordings for ECM Records as a member of the cooperative Third Reel (including the trio's self-titled 2013 debut), reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson strikes out on his own with Travelers, his first album as a leader for the label.

Third Reel's Swiss/Italian lineup of reeds, guitar (Roberto Pianca) and drums (Emanuele Maniscalco), along ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Kinzelman: Stream of Consciousness

Read "Dan Kinzelman: Stream of Consciousness" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

U.S. born saxophonist and clarinetist Dan Kinzelman first moved to Italy in 2005 and over the last decade has grown to become an ever-present figure in Italy's flowering underground jazz scene thanks to his central role in some of the country's most interesting and original projects: leader of Dan Kinzelman's Ghost, co-founder of collective trio Hobby ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Kinzelman: flusso di coscienza

Read "Dan Kinzelman: flusso di coscienza" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dan Kinzelman, sassofonista e clarinettista statunitense da oltre un decennio residente in Italia, è ormai parte del panorama jazzistico nazionale ed è anche tra i suoi artisti più apprezzati, vuoi per le eclettiche e sorprendenti doti di strumentista, vuoi perché anima alcune delle più interessanti proposte del nostro jazz, dal trio collettivo Hobby Horse al suo ...

A Day at AAJ

Read "A Day at AAJ" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

One of the main benefits of being the Dean of American Jazz Humorists©, besides a free Orange Julius whenever I want one (at participating locations) and 2-for-1 Redbox rentals, is my unfettered access to the inner workings of the entire Jazz universe. As a member of AAJ's Inner Sanctum, I am no more than three degrees ...

Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...

Pericopes: What What

Read "What What" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The sixth release from the duo Pericopes asks the listener to consider the scientific term rarefaction, or the reduction of an item's density. Like the rarefied air in the upper atmosphere or the spread of ocean waves as they reach the shore, their music is the converse of compression. This reduction is also evident in What ...

Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith: In-House Science

Read "In-House Science" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Arild Andersen's superb trio with tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith and drummer Paolo Vinaccia had previously released two ECM albums, Live at Belleville (2008), and Mira (2014). Smith and Andersen joined the saxophonist's frequent collaborators, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for Celebration (2015) which included “Independency, Pt. 4" from Belleville. In-House Science is the second live album ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobo Stenson: Contra la indecision

Read "Contra la indecision" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With a few exceptions, Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson has spent his long recording career with the prestigious ECM label, dating back to his oddly named Underwear in 1971. That particular album turned out to be more a showcase for bassist Arild Andersen and drummer Jon Christensen than for Stenson, and the pianist did not lead again ...