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Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

Read "Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Arno Oehri & Oliver Primus
Open Land -Meeting John Abercrombie
ECM Records
2018

Già presentato al pubblico europeo e statunitense attraverso alcune proiezioni in festival cinematografici, il documentario sul chitarrista John Abercrombie approda anche in DVD grazie alla distribuzione della ECM, la label per la quale Abercrombie ha inciso gran ...

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Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

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Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
June 16-18, 2017

The complicated logistics and sizable costs associated with free jazz festivals have made them somewhat rarified these days. By its all-encompassing scope and scale, the Detroit Jazz Festival has served as a model for many decades now. But if you want something ...

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Howard Johnson and Gravity: Testimony

Read "Testimony" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Howard Johnson really should need no introduction. He's played with many of the greats including Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Hank Crawford, Jack De Johnette and Gil Evans (his solo on “Voodoo Child" was a highlight of Evans's Jimi Hendrix tribute album). He also appeared on Carla Bley's seminal 1971 album Escalator Over The Hill. Throughout his ...

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North Sea Jazz Festival Recap: A Moveable, Musical Feast

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North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 10-12, 2015

Three days immersed in sounds and sensations. Followed by two days at home in zombie mode, zen silence. Rather than do an exhausting commute from jny: Amsterdam to jny: Rotterdam each day (by train or auto (50 miles / 75 kilometers each ...

North Sea Jazz Festival 2015: The Roller Coaster Has Taken Off

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Jan Willem Luyken, Director of the North Sea Jazz Festival, has a lot to celebrate this year. It is not only the 40th anniversary of the popular festival, it's also the tenth anniversary of their move from jny: the Hague to jny: Rotterdam, and the year that Luyken became director. Described as “the world's largest indoor ...

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Mintz Quartet: Mintz Quartet

Read "Mintz Quartet" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The jazz world is packed with dynamic drummers, and players who raise the job of timekeeping--and beyond--to a fine art. And then there are the supreme poets of the drum kit: The late Paul Motian, with his gentle orchestra of textures, colors, and diaphanous accents; Jack De Johnette, with his bustling undercurrents and rock steady grooves; ...

Take Five With Billie Davies

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Meet Billie Davies:

Drummer and band leader Billie Davies is mostly an autodidact whose natural talent, relentless, explorative spirit, and multifaceted experiences have led to an innovative approach to jazz. With a background in classical and jazz along with a lifetime of musical experiences in jams, performances, recordings, and music production, the listener is treated ...

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Finland: The Next Generation

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Two albums showcasing a new generation of Finnish jazz musicians. Legend has it that the music was brought to this small country on the northern fringes of Europe in 1926 by the band on the ocean liner M/S Andania. Shortly afterwards, the word jazz entered the nation's Uralic language to signify a modern, cosmopolitan way of ...

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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 ...

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Istanbul Jazz Festival: Istanbul, Turkey, July 3-19, 2012

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Istanbul Jazz Festival
Istanbul, Turkey
July 3-19, 2012
Istanbul, the second largest city in the world, has become an important meeting point in countless ways.

Founded in around 660 BC by King Byzas, captured by the Romans and later by Sultan Mehmed II to become the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul was, despite its ...