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Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Frank Zappa may have said “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death.

On Freak Out, one of the most impressive debut albums of all times, he ...


Jazz Middelheim: Antwerp, Belgium, August 16-19, 2012

Read "Jazz Middelheim: Antwerp, Belgium, August 16-19, 2012" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazz Middelheim 2012
Park Den Brandt
August 16-19, 2012
The Jazz Middelheim festival is a weekender that hasn't relinquished its fondness for adventure over the last four decades. Nuzzling up against stellar bookings are acts, Belgian and otherwise, who seek to jolt the expectations ...


Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, Days 4-6, September 28-30, 2011

Read "Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, Days 4-6, September 28-30, 2011" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-8
Hong Kong International Jazz Festival
Hong Kong
September 25-October 2, 2011

The 2011 Hong Kong International Jazz Festival offered up over forty groups from 24 countries--a big jump from the eight bands that made up the first edition of HKIJF in 2008. Apart from the ...


Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25: Groningen, The Netherlands, August 26-27, 2011

Read "Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25: Groningen, The Netherlands, August 26-27, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe

Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25
Groningen, Netherlands
August 26-27, 2011
Only in the Netherlands. Where else would anyone think to create such a harmonious conjugation of jazz and cycling? Now in its 25th year, the annual ZomerJazzFietsTour (Summer Jazz Cycling Tour) takes place in the bucolic countryside just outside Groningen in the northern Netherlands. ...


Flat Earth Society to tour the USA in May

Flat Earth Society to tour the USA in May

Flat Earth Society is coming to the USA for their first performances ever on American soil.

May 14, Tropical Heatwave, Tampa (USA première) May 15, The Palladium, St Petersburgh (Fl) May 17: Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, Washington May 18: Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia May 19: Lincoln Center, Atrium Stage, NY May 20: Museum of The Moving Image, NY May 21: ...


Finland's April Jazz Festival 2010

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April Jazz Festival
Espoo/Tapiola, Finland
April 28-May 2, 2010

The wind in these northern climes can hit heavy, even during the sunny days of late April. This year an east wind drove down from the Arctic Ocean and any opportunity to get into the sun needed to be taken--but it's a sign ...


Flat Earth Society: Cheer Me, Perverts!

Read "Cheer Me, Perverts!" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Fifteen-piece Belgian big band Flat Earth Society is the sonic equivalent of a freak show--weird, wonderful and like nothing you've come across before. Cheer Me, Perverts! is bursting with the energy of punk--sharing some of the anarchy, too--yet the CD exhibits intricate section harmonies and wonderful contrapuntal melodies. The soloists revel in their freedom, and the ...


Montreux Jazz 2009 Festival Journal

Read "Montreux Jazz 2009 Festival Journal" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

43rd Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux, Switzerland
July 5-6, 2009
Summer months of music on the European festival circuit are indeed a multi-cultural garden of both earthly delights and otherworldly musical experiences. For performers and fans alike, these planes seem to unite for unique harmonic convergences. Among many storied festivals through ...


Flemish Jazz Meeting 2009

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Unaccustomed as I am to inhabiting the trade/music business function end of things, a sojourn at the Gent Jazz Festival and Jazz Middelheim in Belgium inevitably led to a swiftly-following weekend at the Flemish Jazz Meeting in the scenic city of Brugge. This is the third edition of a September band showcase that's designed to ...


New Album 'Cheer Me, Perverts!, Release on Crammed Discs

New Album 'Cheer Me, Perverts!, Release on Crammed Discs

Flat Earth Society Cheer Me, Perverts!

Welcome back, dear dwellers of earth, to planet FES. The finest, wildest, most colourful and least traditional jazz big band in this (or any) stratosphere return with their second album for Crammed Discs.

The title, Cheer Me, Perverts! an anagram of the name of the FES main man, Belgian composer ...