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Allan Holdsworth: Eidolon

Read "Eidolon" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'etichetta americana Manifesto Records ha curato una importante ristampa quasi integrale del materiale discografico inciso dal chitarrista inglese Allan Holdsworth e ha pubblicato un bel cofanetto di 12 CD che raccoglie il tutto, escludendo solo il disco Velvet Darkness del 1976 per esplicita volontà del chitarrista stesso che non aveva avallato la sua pubblicazione all'epoca, a ...

Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!

Read "Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!" reviewed by John Kelman

In a time when album sales are a challenge being mitigated, at least to some extent, by the release of deluxe editions and box sets, it's still more necessary than ever to grab potential listeners with imagery and words; the title of a box set can have, especially for those less than intimately familiar with the ...

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Tim Buckley: Live At The Troubadour 1969

Read "Live At The Troubadour 1969" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

For an artist whose recording career spanned less than ten years, Tim Buckley seemed to get a lot done. From 1966's self titled debut, to Look At The Fool, his final album released in 1974, Buckley's oeuvre is as broad as it is varied. Ever the experimental troubadour, no other singer of the time was capable ...

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Black Milk Impulses: Manifesto

Read "Manifesto" reviewed by John Eyles

Black Milk Impulses is a Berlin-based trio that describes itself as “a laboratory for improvised or roughly arranged electroacoustic jazz," a description which manages to incorporate a great deal into a short space, thus leaving the door open for many possibilities. The core members of the project are Australian pianist Leo Auri and Italian drummer Gianpaolo ...

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Black Milk Impulses: Manifesto

Read "Manifesto" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We love jazz music because its purveyors wander off-script to make music. That is, they improvise. They do not wing-it or fake it. Step one, obtain a command of your instrument. Step two involves learning compositions. Step three, for a jazz musician, is to reinvent both step one and two.

Such is Manifesto by the ...

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Dan Berg & The Gestalt: Manifesto

Read "Manifesto" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dan Berg, tastierista e compositore nativo di Brooklyn, è stato allievo di Marty Erlich. Non c'è quindi da stupirsi se una particolare attenzione all'aspetto compositivo, alla rigorosità e profondità dell'approccio strumentale e soprattutto una mente aperta e senza preconcetti, siano divenuti elementi imprescindibili nel bagaglio artistico del giovane allievo. E ciò emerge a chiare lettere in Manifesto album di ...

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Dan Berg & The Gestalt: Manifesto

Read "Manifesto" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The idea of creation through inclusion seems to be lost on a lot of musicians today. Jazz--like every other area of music--has become highly compartmentalized. A need to place oneself as a direct descendant of a particular artist or style often limits horizon-expanding opportunities and results in stunted creativity. Pianist/composer Dan Berg and his band, The ...

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Dan Berg & The Gestalt: Manifesto

Read "Manifesto" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Manifesto, the debut release from Dan Berg & The Gestalt, may be one of 2010's best recordings. The composer/keyboardist--a Brooklyn native and former student of reed man Marty Ehrlich--has created a smart, versatile and accessible collection that bridges genres and techniques, while remaining at home in the jazz idiom. With touches of Tin Hat Trio, bits ...

Enzo Favata Tentetto: The New Village

Read "The New Village" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The ancient and the modern is the theme of composer/saxophonist Enzo Favata's The New Village. Together with his Tentetto, he fuses traditional vocals from Sardinia, his home, with the American jazz lexicon. Unlike the cultural larceny of Paul Simon's Graceland (Warner, 1986), Favata's music coalesces into an ingenuous expression of music.

The saxophonist has ...