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Dan Costa: Skyness

Read "Skyness" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The gentle piano “Prologue" instantly telegraphs that something rare and luxurious is on its way. These are the opening chords of Skyness, the gifted pianist/composer Dan Costa's 2018 follow-up to his auspicious 2016 debut, Suite Três Rios (also self-produced), which peaked at number one on the iTunes jazz chart and was named one of the year's ...

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Bridges With Seamus Blake: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Bridges' eponymous debut album (AMP Music & Records, 2016) is no less spectacular an affair. It sports the same line-up as before with the exception of Jesper Bodilsen now taking over bass duties from Ole Morten Vågan. Once again Seamus Blake leads this group of Norway-based musicians to great success. Not a lot ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Seamus Blake & Terzetto Abusivo

Read "Seamus Blake & Terzetto Abusivo" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Seamus Blake e Terzetto Abusivo
Dietro Le Quinte
Le Sieci (Firenze)
22.4.2019

Nel corso di un tour “pasquale" attraverso l'Italia, è approdato anche in prossimità di Firenze il tenorsassofonista Seamus Blake con il Terzetto Abusivo, ovvero il pianista Alfonso Santimone, il contrabbassista Danilo Gallo e il ...

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Philipp Schiepek: Golem Dance

Read "Golem Dance" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Melodic ease, harmonic subtlety and an intriguingly dispersed approach to compositional structure make up the winning trinity of this enjoyable debut recording by German guitarist and composer Philipp Schiepek. Most impressively, these aspects belong to the qualities one would expect a 24-year young jazz guitarist to have mastered the least at this point in their career. ...

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Scopes: Scopes

Read "Scopes" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Formed in 2018, Scopes comprises a group of musicians hailing from four different European countries, led by Austrian drummer Mathias Ruppnig and German bassist Tom Berkmann. Coincidentally, both leaders have collaborated with Kurt Rosenwinkel and John Hollenbeck. Ruppnig studied or participated in workshops with big jazz names including Kendrick Scott, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Cobb, John Abercrombie, ...

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Seamus Blake: Guardians Of The Heart Machine

Read "Guardians Of The Heart Machine" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Seamus Blake was born in 1970 in London, England but raised in Vancouver, Canada. He studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and following his graduation moved to New York Cit, where he became a fixture on the jazz scene including being a member of the Mingus Big Band. He's played or recorded with Victor Lewis, ...

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Misha Tsiganov: Playing With The Wind

Read "Playing With The Wind" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Misha Tsiganov seems to further his creative reach with each date he delivers. While calculation and supreme specificity with the pen always help to keep things grounded in his music, the level of daring in Tsiganov's compositions and the high degree of spontaneity he brings to the fore through his piano help to continually push ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

New releases keep coming at an exciting place and Mondo Jazz obliges, sharing tons of exicting new releases, in particular celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its spiritual offspring as well as some great European projects.

Playlist Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Marilyn Mazur ...

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Philipp Schiepek

"When you listen to this music and are ready to get involved with it, doors open to a diverse universe of cross-genre impulses." (Elke Walter) Munich based guitarist Philipp Schiepek and his quartet, featuring Henning Sieverts on bass, Bastian Jütte on drums and New York based Seamus Blake on saxophone, present their debut album "GOLEM DANCE", which has just been released by ENJA-Records. When composing, Philipp Schiepek draws inspiration from everyday encounters, but also from characters from literature and art. The first and foremost goal of every composition is to carry an intensity that is not conveyed by volume, but rather by rhythmic and harmonic flexibility

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Caleb Wheeler Curtis: Brothers

Read "Brothers" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Brotherhood comes in multiple forms--genetic, fraternal, and professional, to mention the most applicable--but all are bound by a sense of fellow feeling and shared experience(s). That truth rests at the heart of this, saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis' debut album.

The obvious nods to brotherhood here come in the form of this album's title, ...