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ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education

Read "To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I've been thinking a lot about how jazz is taught recently. I realize now, my search for a real musical education was not a simple thing, but a series of life changing moments. My son, on the other hand, is planning to study music in college after he finishes high school. Though it would fill his ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Dease's new album and a focus on Paolo Fresu

Read "Michael Dease's new album and a focus on Paolo Fresu" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week the exceptional new record from Michael Dease is the featured album, plus we focus on trumpeter Paolo Fresu, and spin a selection of high quality jazz music. Playlist Michael Dease “Pearls" from Bonafide (Posi-tone) 00:00 Daniel Bennett Group “Loose Fitting Spare Tire" from We Are the Orchestra (Manhatten Daylight Media) 06:08 Florian Weber “From ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giovanni Palombo: Retablo

Read "Retablo" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il nuovo album del chitarrista romano Giovanni Palombo, quarto realizzato per la label tedesca Acoustic Music Records, ci fornisce ancora una volta l'opportunità di (ri)scoprire un artista ancora troppo poco conosciuto, come del resto molti altri specialisti del suo strumento, la chitarra acustica, relegato spesso in una nicchia per specialisti. Negli oltre trent'anni di attività professionistica ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Maurizio Brunod, Danilo Gallo, Massimo Barbiero: Extrema Ratio

Read "Extrema Ratio" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Volete iniziare il nuovo anno alla grande? Bene, allora procuratevi questo superbo lavoro firmato da ben tre noti musicisti--improvvisatori italiani, Maurizio Brunod alle chitarre e all'elettronica, Danilo Gallo al basso e al sampling e Massimo Barbiero alla batteria e alle percussioni, che si cimentano in un repertorio eterogeneo fatto di brani tradizionali, cover e composizioni originali, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

A Madman’s Approach To Music And Why Can't Music Be Like A Tree?

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"Art alone makes life possible." --Joseph Beuys.

The Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra is unique. It's an over-used word, I know, but in this case fully justified. GIO are unique in so many ways--in the way they formed, the way they make decisions, in their make-up, how they work and most importantly how they sound. They ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Impariamo a suonare la chitarra fingerstyle

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Nell'accezione comune contemporanea, la chitarra fingerstyle è la più moderna evoluzione della chitarra fingerpicking, ovvero quella tecnica strumentale per suonare la chitarra con le dita (o con dei plettri speciali) nata in ambito prevalentemente folk-blues fin dagli anni '20 dello scorso secolo. Col tempo, le tecniche si sono allargate parallelamente agli orizzonti musicali dei chitarristi che ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Christian Winther & Christian Meaas Svendsen: W / M

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W/ M is a double album that feature two debuts as solo artists of two young and promising Norwegian improvisers, both spinning out of the creative environment around the Music Academy in Oslo. Guitarist Christian Winther, a member of the punk-jazz trio Ich Bin N!ntendo, genre-bending trio Monkey Plot and the free improvisers collective Mummu, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations

Read "Thoughtform Variations" reviewed by Ian Patterson

On the face of it, an all-acoustic solo album may seem like something of a departure from guitarist Ben Tyree's eclectic, contemporary New York fusion of re:vision (Sonic Architectures, 2011), with his BT3 trio. Yet, in essence, these eight tracks share an equally wide arc of influences and the same spirit of adventure. Though not as ...

Davy Graham: Anthology - 1961-2007 Lost Tapes

Read "Davy Graham: Anthology - 1961-2007 Lost Tapes" reviewed by John Eyles

Davy Graham

Anthology: 1961-2007 Lost Tapes

Les Cousins

2012

In the sixties, English guitarist Davy Graham acquired near-legendary status as a guitar hero in the folk and blues clubs of Britain, being credited with single-handedly inventing the folk-guitar instrumental, in a way that parallels similar work in America by John Fahey. Although ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Renbourn

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S.M.S. Serpiolle - Firenze - 10.09.2009 Personalità leggendaria tra gli appassionati della chitarra fingerstyle, esempio, modello e mentore per numerosi chitarristi di primo piano, il sessantacinquenne John Renbourn non poteva non approdare a Six Bars Jail, che da circa tre anni organizza seminari e concerti per chitarra acustica a Firenze e che già da tempo cercava di averlo nella sua ...