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Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The alliance of Latin music and American jazz ripened on these shores more than seventy years ago, nourished by pioneers such as Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Tito Puente and others. It has been carried forward and enhanced since then by a succession of remarkable innovators including in recent years the Cuban-born drummer Dafnis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings

Read "Musings" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Esordio discografico per il ventinovenne newyorchese Christopher Zuar, nato trombettista ma ormai dedito alla composizione e all'arrangiamento, che infatti pratica in questo lavoro che lo vede alla direzione di un'orchestra di diciassette elementi, che arrivano a diciannove in alcune tracce con l'ingresso di percussioni e voce.

Il lavoro è tutto sommato convenzionale, tipico di ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ritmo delle Città 2015

Read "Ritmo delle Città 2015" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Orto Botanico
Milano
28.05.-03.06.2015

Con l'arrivo della bella stagione, torna il Ritmo delle Città, rassegna che anima l'estate musicale milanese. Quest'anno gli appuntamenti in programma sono sedici, e coprono un'ampia gamma di declinazioni del jazz contemporaneo. Tra questi, i due che hanno catturato maggiormente la nostra attenzione sono quelli ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints

Read "Synovial Joints" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Genius grant, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman is one of the most innovative contemporary improvisers and composers. Over a career that has spanned three decades Coleman has restlessly explored unique and ingenious ways of spontaneous expression and artistic conceptualization.

On Synovial Joints Coleman leads his large ensemble The Counsel ...

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Steve Lehman: Mise en Abîme

Read "Mise en Abîme" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Steve Lehman's 12th release as a leader/co-leader and his second one with an octet Mise en Abime is a cohesive work of intriguingly cerebral and dramatic nature. Like the title implies there are concepts that repeat, amplify and fade in the process of constructing and deconstructing the main themes of the album.

On ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Lehman: Mise en Abîme

Read "Mise en Abîme" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Composer/saxophonist Steve Lehman's credentials are as unique as his music. A Fulbright scholar with a PhD in composition, his on the job training has been at the hands of a diverse group of teachers including saxophone legends Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton. A New York native, Lehman garnered widespread praise with the groundbreaking Travail, Transformation and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steve Coleman: Symbols and Language

Read "Steve Coleman: Symbols and Language" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Saxophonist Steve Coleman's The Mancy of Sound (Pi Recordings, 2011) was one of the records of 2011. Thematically and structurally challenging on the one hand, dynamic and funky on the other, the music's contrasts reflect Coleman's view of the world, in all its complexity and simplicity. Coleman's fierce intellect carries simple logic, wrapped in many-layered waves ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: The Mancy of Sound

Read "The Mancy of Sound" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Although alto saxophonist Steve Coleman's conceptual approach to composition has grown increasingly adventurous, high-brow or esoteric, depending on your viewpoint--with lunar phases and the Yoruba of West Africa's philosophical system providing inspiration here--The Mancy of Sound merely represents Coleman's relationship to the world, which is the font of most music of worth. Retaining the same musicians ...