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Slivovitz: Liver

Read "Liver" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Slivovitz, and especially this live set, are not for the musical faint of heart.

As a live recording, LiveR is “live-r" than most. Recorded in Milan in May 2016, it explodes from their native Italy into your senses with a colorful and frantic sound, a wailing mongrel child that fiercely claims such shared, diverse ...

From Choro to Chaos

Read "From Choro to Chaos" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Berkeley Choro Ensemble
The View from Here
Self-Produced
2017

Like its organic natural wonders, the music of Brazil seems to flourish in different forms and styles of beauty. But much of its music has grown from the root of choro: Born in the mid-to late-1800s from the joining ...

Slivovitz: Liver

Read "Liver" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This high-flying Italian jazz rock septet performs live in your listening space via the upfront and shrewdly recorded audio capturing the artists in peak form at a Milan venue. With shades of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Curlew and Italian prog rock pioneers' PFM, harmonica ace Derek Di Perri fuses an organic country-like aura into the band's electrifying attack, ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Slivovitz: All You Can Eat

Read "All You Can Eat" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Freely grabbing inspiration from all manner of styles, the Neapolitan band Slivovitz functions as a high- efficiency musical omnivore, digesting and reworking different aspects of seemingly disparate raw materials into a seamless, organic whole. All You Can Eat, an appropriate title for the band's fourth long player (and their third for MoonJune), doesn't appear to be ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Slivovitz: All You Can Eat

Read "All You Can Eat" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Italian progressive rock, jazz fusion unit named after an Eastern European plum brandy unleashes a wealth of insightful and melodically focused arrangements via its unique sound and diverse instrumentation. As a long-awaited follow-up to Bani Ahead (Moonjune, 2011), the septet integrates a magnetic series of works, spanning Italian folk, Frank Zappa-esque time signatures and with ...

Luca Segala: Cloudriding

Read "Cloudriding" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Italy continues to be a source a wonderfully original and thoroughly modern jazz. Maybe there's something in the water over there but, for whatever reason, everytime I check my e-mail or snail mail there seems to be something wonderful and Italian in it. I keep hoping for a pair of handmade shoes, a nice shirt, or ...

Marcello Giannini: Frammenti

Read "Frammenti" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il chitarrista napoletano Marcello Giannini ha già avuto modo d'imporsi in significative e variegate collaborazioni: con Enrico Rava (On the Dance Floor), i 99 Posse (Cattivi Guaglioni e Curre Curre Guagliò 2.0), Daniele Sepe (Canzoniere illustrato), Cristiano Arcelli (Brooks), il gruppo Slivovitz e altri.
Questo disco, realizzato per l'etichetta di Marco Valente, è il ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Slivovitz: Bani Ahead

Read "Bani Ahead" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Slivovitz--also the generic name for a type of plum brandy popular throughout the Mediterranean--is a fascinating jazz-rock band that's been around for a decade or so. Bani Ahead, its second recording for the MoonJune label and third overall, is a charming blend of jazz and progressive rock with pronounced Balkan and circum-Mediterranean folk influences. Part of ...

MoonJune Records: A Decade of Progressive Rock Documentation

Read "MoonJune Records: A  Decade of Progressive Rock Documentation" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

On a moon of this past June, appropriately enough, Leonardo Pavkovic, owner of the progressive jazz label MoonJune Records, gave All About Jazz an interview at the label's office in Union Square, New York City. The name MoonJune Records, which Pavkovic started back in 2001, is taken from the title of a song, “Moon In June," ...