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Wadada Leo Smith / Sabu Toyozumi: Burning Meditation

Read "Burning Meditation" reviewed by John Sharpe

The Japanese concept of ma—a celebration of the space between things—is one to which trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith can readily subscribe. Space and silence are as important as sound in his conception. The weight given to the pauses between phrases stands out on this live recording from 1994 with Japanese drummer Sabu Toyozumi, which forms another ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Cawley: Catenaccio

Read "Catenaccio" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Tom Cawley has been a familiar presence on the British jazz scene for well over a decade. He teaches piano and improvisation in the jazz department of London's Royal Academy of Music and he's led his group Curios since its debut album, Hidden, was released in 2007 on Jazzizit Records. Cawley won the Young Jazz Musician ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

Read "Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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

Read "North Sea Jazz Festival 2015:   The Roller Coaster Has Taken Off" reviewed by Joan Gannij

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

Read "Take Five With Billie Davies" reviewed by Billie Davies PR

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

Read "Finland: The Next Generation" reviewed by Chris Mosey

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 ...