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ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)

Read "Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we continue our exploration of jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Kraftwerk to Sly Stone, from Bjork to Frank Zappa, from J.J. Cale to Bob Marley and more.

Happy listening! And if you like this episode, check Part 1

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Thomas Heberer / Yoni Kretzmer / Christian Weber: Big

Read "Big" reviewed by John Sharpe

On a preliminary scan of the album sleeve, the instrumentation suggests chamber jazz, while the collective genesis of the six pieces suggests free jazz or free improv. But that tells only part of the story. In fact what German-born, NYC-based trumpeter Thomas Heberer (Nu Band, ICP Orchestra), Israeli saxophonist now resident in Brooklyn Yoni Kretzmer (Outnow ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

WDR 3 Jazzfest 2018

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Theater Gütersloh / Bunker Ulmenwall Bielefeld
Gütersloh / Bielefeld
February 1-3, 2018

WDR stands for Westdeutscher Rundfunk, which is the public radio organization of the German federal state of North Rhine Westphalia based in Cologne, the jazz capital of the federal state. WDR 3 refers to the third program-line nowadays also indicated as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ENJOY JAZZ International Festival for Jazz and More 2017

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ENJOY JAZZ International Festival for Jazz and More
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen
October 17-20, 2017

During fall Enjoy Jazz is the common thread running through the urban Rhine-Neckar-region in southwestern Germany. Unlike the fast-forward conveyor belt of musical acts whizzing past usually experienced at many jazz festivals, Enjoy Jazz covers a period of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ELBJAZZ 2017

Read "ELBJAZZ 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

ELBJAZZ 2017
Blohm and Voss/various venues
Hamburg, Germany
June 2-3, 2017

Although Gregory Porter was the marquee name at the sixth edition of Elbjazz, with a strong supporting cast including Joshua Redman, Jan Garbarek, Hildegard Lernt Fliegen and Youn Sun Nah, the real star of the show was the spectacular festival ...

WDR Jazzfest 2017

Read "WDR Jazzfest 2017" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

WDR Jazzfest
Gutersloh, Germany
February 2-4, 2017

The best friend of German jazz and a considerable number of passionate followers is probably a state funded media institution.

In a relatively short time span of six years, the WDR Jazzfest has blossomed from infancy to impressive European stature. WDR, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

November Music 2016

Read "November Music 2016" reviewed by Henning Bolte

November Music
s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
November 11-13, 2016

November Music is a yearly festival, founded in 1993. It is held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch, in the southeast part of The Netherlands. s'-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) was the hometown of well-known Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516) who died 500 years ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Howard Riley: Reinventing the Jazz Piano Trio

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Even allowing for journalistic hyperbole, the phrase “reinventing the jazz piano trio" was a doozy. It all seemed a bit “Emperor's new clothes" or, as my late mother used to put it, “new coat and no knickers." For a time in the noughties, British critics variously applied the phrase to Esbjorn Svensson, Brad Mehldau, The Necks, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Strasbourg 2015

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JAZZDOR
Strasbourg
November 10-13, 2015

Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor 2014

Read "Jazzdor 2014" reviewed by Vittorio Lo Conte

Ben ventiquattro concerti, dal 7 al 21 Novembre 2014 per la ventinovesima edizione del Jazzdor, festival tenuto a Strasburgo e dintorni, anche oltre il confine con la Gemania, come vedremo. Questa volta è stato dedicato alla figura del contrabbassista Jean Jacques Avenel, spesso protagonista.

Jazzdor si è oramai consolidato come uno dei più ...