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Dwiki Dharmawan: Rumah Batu

Read "Rumah Batu" reviewed by John Kelman

There are, in these times of reduced music sales, fewer and fewer models that help niche labels to survive. In the case of New York-based MoonJune Records and its intrepid head Leonardo Pavkovic, the path to survival seems increasingly more about doing what he does for the love of it, and less about fiduciary gain (much ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by John Kelman

As people age, it's not uncommon to commemorate birthday milestones--specifically, those marking the passing of decades--with special celebrations, ranging from parties to vacations. In most cases, however, these festivities are private events, restricted to family and friends.

Not Chick Corea.

When this renowned pianist/keyboardist, composer, bandleader and guest participant in countless projects ...

Chick Corea: The Musician

Read "The Musician" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nel 2011 Chick Corea ha festeggiato il suo settantesimo compleanno con una serie di concerti al Blue Note di New York, andati avanti per due mesi, con nuove e storiche formazioni della sua carriera. Un totale di dieci band--con la presenza, tra gli altri, di Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Bobby McFerrin, John Patitucci, Gary Burton, Wynton ...

Iñaki Sandoval: Electric Trio Live

Read "Electric Trio Live" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

At the heart of Electric Trio Live from Barcelona-based keyboard player and composer Iñaki Sandoval, there's a feeling of warmth. Whether it's Sandoval's own electric keyboards, Carles Benavent's 5-string electric bass guitar or Roger Blàvia's drums, each instrument has a full, rich sound that lends the recording a welcoming, friendly, feel.

Sandoval was born in ...

Kyle Eastwood: The View From Here

Read "The View From Here" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Kyle Eastwood's boyhood in Carmel, California, may have been where and when he began his love of jazz, but as an adult his love of France seems to impact more and more on his music. Eastwood's sixth album, The View From Here, doesn't always show this influence explicitly but it's there nonetheless and it's giving the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Carles Benavent: Un, Dos, Tres...

Read "Un, Dos, Tres..." reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

In a 40-year career that has encompassed jazz, rock, fusion and the establishment of the electric bass guitar in flamenco music, Barcelona musician Carles Benavent has constantly evolved his approach to his chosen instrument. His most notable collaborations, with guitarist Paco De Lucia and pianist Chick Corea, are part of a musical story which also includes ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Carles Benavent: Jazz, Flamenco and Blues

Read "Carles Benavent: Jazz, Flamenco and Blues" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Of all the instrumentalists in contemporary music, only a handful have become game changers. Jazz trumpet has Louis Armstrong, rock guitar has Jimi Hendrix, jazz saxophone has Charlie Parker. Flamenco bass guitar has Carles Benavent. Benavent's fluid, melodic and emotive style of playing is as beautiful as it is distinctive. Developed initially from a love of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

44 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona: 'L'Oeil de l'Elephant' y Chick Corea Trio

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L'Oeil de L'Éléphant
44º Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona
Institut Français
29 de noviembre de 2013

Para muchos habrá sido el concierto del Festival (con permiso del ofrecido por Christian Scott), para otros el de la temporada, y unos y otros llevarán razón. El esperado aterrizaje del proyecto L'Oeil de L'Éléphant llegó por ...

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Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival: Barcelona, Spain, November 24-30, 2012

Read "Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival: Barcelona, Spain, November 24-30, 2012" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Barcelona Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival
Barcelona, Spain
November 24-30, 2012
Sometimes picking a few festival highlights is easy. A big name turns on the charm, one or two young Turks announce their arrival on the scene, someone famous steps up at a jam session--the rest is okay, just nothing special. The Barcelona Voll-Damm Internacional Jazz Festival ...