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Joseph Benzola, Liebman/Rudolph/Drake, Tom Kessler and More

Read "Joseph Benzola, Liebman/Rudolph/Drake, Tom Kessler and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Canadian saxophonist and flautist Anna Webber has seen her star rising since settling in New York. She's become a highly regarded member of the creative improvisation scene there, and each recording of her own compositions becomes more impressive. With her septet she tackles a number of homages to some of her favourite 20th century composers' percussion ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More

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The much-acclaimed Australian saxophonist Sandy Evans' passion for combining jazz improvisation and Indian music continues unabated on her latest recording Bridge of Dreams. She brought together some top musicians from India, including the incredible vocalist Shubha Mudgal, Sandy's frequent accompanist tabla player Bobby Singh and the Sirens Big Band from Sydney for the project. Recently, the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More

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Sometimes a recording catches you by surprise. Such is the case with Swedish bassist Thomas Markusson's Open. Only one of the musicians was familiar, the pianist Naoko Sakata who moved from Japan to Sweden where she could play the kind of music that wasn't popular in Japan. Sakata definitely found the right company. Markusson is a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Celano, Badenhorst, Baggiani: Lili & Marleen

Read "Lili & Marleen" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Guillermo Celano e Marcos Baggiani, chitarrista e batterista poco più che quarantenni nati a Buenos Aires ma da tempo trapiantati in Olanda, incontrano il polistrumentista belga Joachim Badenhorst in seno a un trio il cui pregio che salta per primo all'occhio è la coesione. Il brano è appunto quello iniziale che intitola il CD (c'è solo ...

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills.

In the 21st century there are countless ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Linus + Skarbø / Leroux: Linus + Skarbø / Leroux

Read "Linus + Skarbø / Leroux" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the seven years since its inception, El Negocito Records, based in Ghent, Belgium, has established itself as one of the most adventurous and far-ranging independent labels on the European new music scene. The phrase “new music" is operative here because the label concentrates on improvisation in all of its musical guises. There are modern jazz ...

Ruben Machtelinckx & Linus: Belgian Experimental Music, Strings Attached

Read "Ruben Machtelinckx & Linus: Belgian Experimental Music, Strings Attached" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Belgian guitarist/composer Ruben Machtelinckx has built an impressive catalog of recordings as a leader since graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2010. He tends to work in groups with no drummer, a chamber jazz approach that suits his lyrical, sometimes minimalist compositions well. His guitar style is tasteful and devoid of flashy pyrotechnics: even ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kaja Draksler / Susana Santos Silva: This Love

Read "This Love" reviewed by John Sharpe

Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler and Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva came together at Lisbon's Culturgest in March 2015 to create This Love. While it's their first duet album, they've been making music together in various groups since 2008, first in the European Movement Jazz Orchestra, an international big band of young up-coming musicians, and later in ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Silent Songs: Introducing Ruben Machtelinckx

Read "Silent Songs: Introducing Ruben Machtelinckx" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The easiest way to impress as a musician is to play loud and fast, but it is not necessarily the most emotionally engaging way of playing music. Instead, some of the best music creates a quiet room that it is possible to inhabit for the listener and such a space has become necessary in a time ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lama + Joachim Badenhorst: The Elephant's Journey

Read "The Elephant's Journey" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Il trio è di quelli consolidati da un'assidua frequentazione, da numerosi concerti in giro per l'Europa, da due splendidi album -Oneiros, il debutto, il successivo Lamacal, con ospite Chris Speed-per Clean Feed. Sempre per l'etichetta portoghese di Pedro Costa, Lama -questo il nome del trio -incide il terzo lavoro con il quotato clarinettista belga Joachim Badenhorst. ...