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Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet: Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)

Read "Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz in Poland has a courageous and artistically distinguished history--first in cultural opposition to Soviet-era dictatorship, later as a celebration of national and personal freedoms. Despite this, most Polish musicians remain little known beyond their own borders. The violinist Michal Urbaniak and the late pianist Krzysztof Komeda and trumpeter Tomasz Stańko are among a tiny handful ...

Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree

Read "Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree" reviewed by Michael Blake

Sometimes musicians transcend what is considered normal technique. They discover new worlds of sound and establish concepts previously unknown; concepts that even defy the practical methods that the inventors of the instrument intended. One person I know that has done just that is Marcus Rojas. In third grade he decided to play the tuba and, even ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Grande Musica Nera - Storia dell'Art Ensemble of Chicago

Read "Grande Musica Nera - Storia dell'Art Ensemble of Chicago" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Grande Musica Nera --Storia dell'Art Ensemble of Chicago
Paul Steinbeck
399 pagine
ISBN: 978-88-229-0164-4
Quodlibet
2018

Pubblicato lo scorso anno negli Stati Uniti col titolo di Message to Our Folks questo è il primo studio organico sull'Art Ensemble of Chicago, scritto Paul Steinbeck, professore di musica alla Washington University ...

Roscoe Mitchell / Matthew Shipp: Accelerated Projection

Read "Accelerated Projection" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here's one from the vaults that still retains currency. This duo recital captures pianist Matthew Shipp and reedman Roscoe Mitchell in concert at the 2005 Sant'Anna Arresi festival in Sardinia. Shipp has enjoyed a lengthy association with the veteran Art Ensemble of Chicago founder, documented on This Dance For Steve McCall (Black Saint, 1992) and Nine ...

Meet Mark Weber

Read "Meet Mark Weber" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Almost every aspect of Mark Weber's life ends up intersecting with jazz; he just might be the original Renaissance jazz fan. A former wedding photographer, he found himself photographing nearly every jazz musician to pass through Los Angeles and Albuquerque in the past several decades and, without planning to, ended up writing for CODA, deejaying a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Open Papyrus Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Open Papyrus Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Teatro Giacosa, Sala S. Marta, Caffè del Teatro
Ivrea
22-24.03.2017

Dopo l'anteprima del 17 marzo con Enten Eller e danza al Museo Garda, ancora la danza abbinata alla musica ha aperto in Sala S. Marta (i cui endemici problemi di acustica non sembrano purtroppo risolvibili) la tre giorni finale ...

Alberto Pinton: la nostra parte del puzzle

Read "Alberto Pinton: la nostra parte del puzzle" reviewed by Marco Colonna

Scrivere di Alberto Pinton è una delle occasioni ghiotte che speravo di avere collaborando occasionalmente con la divulgazione “giornalistica" del jazz. Sapendo bene di non essere un tecnico della scrittura, ma un semplice veneratore del linguaggio, mi avvicino all'impresa con le cuffie, chiudendo il mondo fuori per la durata di un disco.

Questa ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music 2017

Read "October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

October Revolution In Jazz & Contemporary Music
FringeArts
Philadelphia, PA
October 5-8, 2017

The main venue for The October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music was FringeArts, a renovated historic pumping station for Philadelphia's fire department located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. It seats 240 ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

The Art Ensemble of Chicago at the 2017 Time In Jazz Festival

Read "The Art Ensemble of Chicago at the 2017 Time In Jazz Festival" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli

The Art Ensemble of Chicago were, as expected, one of the main attractions at Time in Jazz, the Festival organized for the thirtieth consecutive year by Italian trumpet player Paolo Fresu in his native city of Berchidda, in Sardinia.

The line-up of the AEoC, which played a fiery set, featured the founding members Roscoe ...