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Vladimir Chekasin

b. 24 February 1947, Sverdlovsk, Russia. During the 90s Chekasin was the most highly regarded saxophonist in the former Soviet Union, his style a blend of the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s high-pressure hard bop (Chekasin frequently plays two or more horns at once), 60s New York free-jazz tenor and wild Peter Brötzmann -like howls, mixed with a great deal of onstage clowning and theatricality. A composer and keyboard player as well as a saxophonist, Chekasin was originally a violinist (he took it up at the age of six), then shifted to clarinet and alto saxophone, beginning to lead jazz bands around 1967

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Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz  Festival 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival Vilnius, Lithuania November 15-19, 2017 Introduction Although a going concern since 2002, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival doesn't possess the high profile internationally that its longevity might suggest. Set amid the baroque beauty of the Lithuanian capital, in an assortment of venues, the festival has brought together ...

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The Ganelin Trio: Creative Tensions

Read "The Ganelin Trio: Creative Tensions" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Imagine a time, not so very long ago, when a foreign Jazz/Improvising Trio created such a stir in Britain that they made the TV news! Imagine the national newspapers queuing round the block for interviews. And imagine London's Bloomsbury Theatre filled with musicians, journalists and arts administrators--not to mention the odd, very odd, raincoated spook.

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Slava Ganelin, Alexey Kruglov, Oleg Yudanov: Us

Read "Us" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Con lo stesso titolo di uno dei più celebrati album di Peter Gabriel, torna un artista nel suo orticello altrettanto leggendario, quello Slava (al secolo Vyacheslav) Ganelin che a cavallo fra anni Settanta e Ottanta alla testa del ben noto Ganelin Trio fece alzare le orecchie a parecchi a proposito di quanto il nuovo jazz era ...

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Jazz in a Changing World

Read "Jazz in a Changing World" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Jazz has influenced many other genres of music and, likewise, many other genres have influenced jazz from its very beginning. What is really exciting about the scene at the moment is just how much enrichment it is getting from the rest of the world. It works both ways, of course; jazz musicians from countries which have, ...

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Riviere Composers' Pool: Summer Works 2009

Read "Riviere Composers' Pool: Summer Works 2009" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Rivière Composers' PoolSummer Works 2009Emanem2010 Summer Works 2009 is, very possibly, one of the finest testaments to spontaneously composed contemporary music since saxophonist Steve Lacy fired his first broadsides in Europe almost four decades ago. The music flies in the face of logic--how can two,three or four ...


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