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Ben Allison: tra groove e melodia

Read "Ben Allison: tra groove e melodia" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il bassista e compositore Ben Allison è uno dei principali bandleader della scena contemporanea. Negli ultimi vent'anni ha pubblicato 12 album a capo di vari ensemble, collaborato in trenta e più dischi e fondato il Jazz Composers Collective. Dotato di una personale vena creativa, Allison compone brani d'inconfondibile freschezza e raro appeal, che sono tra gli ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Natasha Agrama: The Heart Of Infinite Change

Read "The Heart Of Infinite Change" reviewed by Walter Atkins

The Heart Of Infinite Change (Alpha Pup/World Galaxy, 2017), is an update of the 2015 album from songwriter/vocalist Natasha Agrama. In addition to a different record label, the current release features one new track “Lover Man" and deletes four others from the earlier album. Heart consists of songs with music and lyrics by Agrama, Joni Mitchell ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: All Smiles

Read "All Smiles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band has historically been regarded as the best ensemble of its type based outside the US, and All Smiles is generally regarded as one of their finest recordings. You'll understand why with just a few listens.

Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland began making music with American expatriate Kenny ...

Brian Molley Quartet: Colour And Movement

Read "Colour And Movement" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Twelve tunes in twelve keys and twelve time signatures form the body of work that makes up Colour And Movement, from Scotland's Brian Molley Quartet. Lest the previous sentence makes the album sound too much like a somewhat esoteric musical exercise, it's important to add that Colour And Movement is richly textured, high on melody and ...

Meet Richard Berger

Read "Meet Richard Berger" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

A regular on the New York jazz and avant jazz scenes, Richard Berger is frequently seen about town in the company of his wife, our December Super Fan, Roberta DeNicola. Music has long been Richard's “positive addiction," giving him the best of times and helping him through the worst of times. “Jazz is very much a ...

Dusseldorf Rally: Jazz's Best Kept Secret?

Read "Dusseldorf Rally: Jazz's Best Kept Secret?" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Year after year, the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally continues to provide visitors with one of the finest festival experiences to be found in Western Europe. While other events in the region may spend more on self-promotion, feature more prominent line-ups or gather more media coverage, the Jazz Rally cheerfully and consistently serves up what is quite likely ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jazz Life: A Journey for Jazz Across America in 1960

Read "Jazz Life: A Journey for Jazz Across America in 1960" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Jazz Life: A Journey for Jazz Across America in 1960
William Claxton and Joachim E. Berendt
552
ISBN: 3836544687
Taschen
2013

A single photograph can say and convene more than a thousand words. Although music itself can't be photographed, only a handful of photographers ever got closer to ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties

Read "Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties
Robert Nippold, Hans-Jürgen Schaal
144
ISBN: 3836545012
Taschen
2013

The period in the 1920's America is known as the Jazz Age, the Golden Twenties or the Roaring Twenties. The history books say that this decade after the WWI was a prosperous ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Wilson Quartet: Gathering Call

Read "Gathering Call" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Other than leading his Arts & Crafts and Quartet ensembles, drummer Matt Wilson may be among the most recorded jazz session drummers of recent times. With guest pianist John Medeski, the ensemble delves into a set consisting of Wilson originals and a mixed bag of pop and jazz tunes, penned by diverse artists such as Beyonce,' ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Derrick Hodge: Raw, Unabashed Honesty

Read "Derrick Hodge: Raw, Unabashed Honesty" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

Versatility is a trait that any young musician wishes to attain in his/her career. While the ability to seamlessly flow in and out of any musical situation or genre can be attained by spending countless hours in the shed and listening to an array of records, a unique musical environment helps immensely in shaping a young ...