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Content by tag "Todd Neufeld"

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Todd Neufeld: Transcending the Limits of Sound

Read "Todd Neufeld: Transcending the Limits of Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard



Originality is a hard concept to pin down, but in music, it is a matter of having your own sound. The idea of a singular signature has been a part of the narrative of jazz for a long time, and it forms the basis of the so-called blindfold test where musicians try to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Raphael Malfliet: Noumenon

Read "Noumenon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Belgian-born bassist Raphael Malfliet graduated from the Conservatory in Antwerp in 2014, moving to New York shortly afterward. Though the music on his debut trio album Noumenon is outside of well-defined genres, his influences of modern classical and improvisation are evident from the start. One is as likely to hear traces of Elliott Sharp as they ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Raphael Malfliet: Noumenon

Read "Noumenon" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

How does it sound when a bass is not a bass, a guitar not a guitar and a drum is a not a drum? The answer to this riddle is the album Noumenon by the Belgian-born bassist Raphael Malfliet.

His album is yet another worthy addition to the hip Brooklyn label, Ruweh, but ...

Sergio Krakowski: Pássaros: The Foundation of the Island

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Pássaros: The Foundation of the Island is the second release on the noteworthy Brooklyn label, Ruweh Records. It is a special release in many ways. First and foremost, the leader of the date, Sergio Krakowski, is playing an instrument that is very rare in jazz: the pandeiro.

The pandeiro is a hand frame ...

Rema Hasumi: Utazata

Read "Utazata" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There once was a painter. He wanted to paint everything in the world, so he took the largest canvas he could ever find and started painting in his studio. In the beginning, people came by and watched interestedly as the landscapes spread around on the white canvas and detailed characters began to emerge in a world ...

Masabumi Kikuchi / Ben Street / Thomas Morgan / Kresten Osgood

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The German poet, philosopher and literary critic Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829) had an affinity for the fragment as an art form and in his Athenaeumsfragment 206, he wrote about it, saying that: “[a] fragment, like a small work of art, has to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world and be complete in itself ...

Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative

Read "Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

In the pantheon of American music, jazz is especially noted for its rapid and drastic evolution. Considering that jazz evolved from big bands and swing, to bebop, to free jazz within thirty years, it is a history marked by distinct stylistic eras. For some time, the trajectory and potential development of jazz has been in question. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Berlin 2013: Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2013

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Jazzdor Berlin 2013
Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei
Berlin, Germany
June 5-8, 2013

The Jazzdor festival is part of Berlin's still highly attractive cultural and artistic climate of the post- wall era. The seventh edition of this four-day festival took place during the first week of June, 2013 at the Kesselhaus of a former brewery in ...

Alexandra Grimal: Andromeda

Read "Andromeda" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

French saxophonist Alexandra Grimal composed this symphony of minimalist chamber music while watching a starry night at the MacDowell Colony, the United States' oldest arts enclave. For this ambitious composition, she enlists guitarist Todd Neufeld, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, the trio that recorded Sorey's majestic Koan (482 Music, 2009) three years ago.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

NYC Winter Jazzfest, Day 2: January 7, 2012

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest, Day 2: January 7, 2012" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

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2012 NYC Winter Jazzfest, Day 2
New York, NY
January 7, 2012

Gregoire Maret

The harmonica, like the accordion and other free reed aerophones, doesn't come with as much built-in room for expression as other wind instruments, which is what makes Gregoire Maret's playing so ...


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