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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams at Zellerbach Hall

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Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams
Zellerbach Hall
Berkeley, CA
December 6, 2018

It isn't often that a pedal steel guitar is found in a jazz ensemble. And it is even less frequent that a country music singer-songwriter joins one on vocals. But this iconoclastic collaboration had its genesis ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Thelonious Monk Birthday Concert: Helen Sung, Kris Davis and JoAnne Brackeen

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Thelonious Monk Birthday Concert: Helen Sung, Kris Davis and JoAnne Brackeen
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
October 10, 2018

It would have been Thelonious Monk's 101st birthday this year, but the pianist and composer has not lost his luster over the years. Every year SFJAZZ celebrates his birthday with a concert. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charles Mingus: Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

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Summer 2018 saw the general release of privately held recordings by two giants of twentieth century jazz. First up was John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!). It was followed by Thelonious Monk's Mønk (Gearbox). In autumn 2018, recordings by another totemic figure, Charles Mingus, become the year's third newly revealed archaeological discovery. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam Berenson / Scott Barnum / Eric Hofbauer: Introverted Cultures

Read "Introverted Cultures" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On his 21st album, composer/pianist/electronic artist Adam Berenson continues his string of remarkable and unpredictable projects with Introverted Cultures. His early association with Paul Bley and a broad range of influences and interests have resulted in a harvest of creative music that shapes unexpected hybrids. Here we have a drummer-less trio for the first twelve tracks ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Liebman, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Kenny Werner: Fire

Read "Fire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La vibrante energia di quest'album emana da un quartetto la cui età media dei membri supera i settant'anni: i due estremi sono Jack DeJohnette (76) e Kenny Werner (67). Il percorso del disco è ispirato al fuoco, uno degli elementi del tetragono che è alla base dell'ordine universale, secondo le prime religioni e filosofie dell'umanità.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Kraków
Poland
July 25-28, 2018

“An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems

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It took a few years for producer Bob Shad's newly formed Mainstream Records to nail its direction in the 1960s. A less than auspicious start was releasing the first singles by the latter-day Trump-boosting halfwit Ted Nugent. A better move, given hindsight, was releasing the debut album by Janis Joplin's Big Brother & The Holding Company. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Billy Parker's Fourth World: Freedom Of Speech

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Drummer Billy Parker's 1975 album only tangentially connects to Fourth World music, the pancultural style which was given its name five years later by Jon Hassell on Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (Editions EG, 1980), the trumpeter's first collaboration with Brian Eno. Parker's Fourth World is the name of the band heard on Freedom Of ...

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 ...