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Mark Turner, Pipe Dream and other great new releases

Read "Mark Turner, Pipe Dream and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The summer is winding down and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up. Given the quality of what is coming our way, we duly oblige.

Enjoy two hours of gorgeous new music, including some unexpected gems from the European jazz scene like the Austrian ensemble Little Rosies Kindergarten and the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gunter Baby Sommer: Baby's Party

Read "Baby's Party" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The music from the German duo of Günter Baby Sommer and Till Brönner is best described as gestural, meaning the pair utilizes posture and body movement to effect an oratory--in this case the somatic nature of Sommer's drum and percussion work and the flow of breath through Brönner's trumpet and flugelhorn.

On the occasion ...

Ulrich Gumpert Quartett: A New One

Read "A New One" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Andare in profondità con gli strumenti della leggerezza e dello spiazzamento ironico. Queste le prerogative di Ulrich Gumpert, storico esponente della scena creativa europea, che negli anni Settanta fu cofondatore del quartetto Synopsis insieme a Konrad Bauer, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky e Günter Baby Sommer, tra le cui realizzazioni c'è un album dal titolo che susciterebbe immensa invidia ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains

Read "Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains" reviewed by Duncan Heining

By way of introduction...

Saxophonist Raymond MacDonald is a busy man. He balances the life of a gigging, recording musician with a high-flying academic career and, in both respects, his reputation has grown far beyond his Glasgow home. As a musician, he is perhaps best known for his work with the George Burt/Raymond MacDonald ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fabric Trio: Murmurs

Read "Murmurs" reviewed by John Sharpe

While it would be an exaggeration to suggest that there was a house style for the adventurous Lithuanian No Business imprint, the European saxophone trio nonetheless forms a significant strand in its output. Recent winning entries in the format have included sets from the Anglo Polish Riverloam Trio, Thomas Borgmann's excellent US-German unit, and Evan Parker's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Günter Baby Sommer: Dedications

Read "Dedications" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Se tutti i musicisti festeggiassero i propri settant'anni come sta facendo Günter Baby Sommer in questo 2013, ci sarebbe da fare festa permanente. Il batterista percussionista di Dresda che da sempre condivide lo stesso spirito libertario e iconoclasta di alcuni dei più radicali musicisti dell'area continentale è universalmente riconosciuto, sin dagli inizi della sua carriera, ma specialmente ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Gunter Baby Sommer: Kommeno - A Threnody

Read "Gunter Baby Sommer: Kommeno - A Threnody" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Seventy years ago, the small village of Kommeno in Greece experienced a tragedy from which it has never really recovered. What happened there on August 16, 1943 was not unusual in the context of a war pursued by an enemy determined to stamp out all opposition. Other towns in Greece and its islands, such as Distomon ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enjoy Jazz Festival 2012

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival 2012" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

2012 Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 19-November 10, 2012

Michel Godard and Günter Baby Sommer

The humorous dialogue between tubaist Michel Godard's grave tones and legendary German drummer Günter Baby Sommer became the leading note of the evening in Karlstorbahnhof (Carol's Door), a well-attended Heidelberg club. The pairing of tuba ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith / Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by John Sharpe

There is a natural fit between drums and trumpet. It stretches back all the way into prehistory, with the shamanistic combination of animal horns and percussive devices, persisting up until the early twentieth century in military drum and bugle corps who passed signals and directed troop movement. That synergy continues to bear artistic fruit to the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sommer / Yannatou / Floridis / Voulgaris / Kastanis: Songs for Kommeno

Read "Songs for Kommeno" reviewed by John Eyles

Songs for Kommeno was recorded between March 2011 and April 2012, as a homage to the village of Kommeno on the west coast of Greece. In 1943, soldiers of the German Wehrmacht massacred 317 of Kommeno's civilian inhabitants and torched the village. A 156-page book accompanies the CD, containing first-person accounts detailing the experiences of a ...