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Claude Nobs: We All Came Out To Montreux...

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Montreux Jazz Festival is fifty. It's a significant milestone and cause for celebration. No doubt there will be an added festive element to this year's edition of the festival, founded by Claude Nobs--along with pianist Géo Voumard and writer René Langel--in 1967. Yet for many, the celebrations will be tinged with sadness due to the absence ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brisbane International Jazz Festival 2015

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Brisbane International Jazz Festival
Various locations
jny:Brisbane, Australia
June 3-8, 2015

Celebrating its third edition, the Brisbane International Jazz Festival may be one of Australia's youngest jazz festivals but the state of Queensland is no stranger to jazz. The non-profit organisation Jazz Queensland has been curating concerts, developing audiences and working ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marialy Pacheco: Introducing

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The album title is something of a misnomer as Introducing is Marialy Pacheco's seventh release as leader since Benediciones (Weltwunder Records, 2005). The jny:Melbourne-based Cuban's stock has certainly risen since that introduction, notably as a result of becoming the first female winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2012. A noted classical pianist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harold Lopez-Nussa: New Day

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Following in the footsteps and tradition of Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Roberto Fonseca, Harold López-Nussa is at the forefront of a new generation of Cuban jazz pianists, one that includes Rolando Luna and Marialy Pacheco--fellow winners of the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition. López-Nussa's win in 2005 launched an international career that has since ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marialy Pacheco: Spaces Within

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Spaces Within is Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco's first trio CD since making Brisbane, Australia her home in 2009, though it's her fourth overall. It follows Songs That I Love (Pinnacle Records, 2011), an impressive solo outing where Pacheco displayed all the strengths that won her the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition award in 2012. As ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Marialy Pacheco: A Sunshine State of Mind

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It takes courage and self-belief to up sticks and try your luck in another country. There is, after all, no guarantee that things will work out, and some hard times are almost assured. The language barrier can leave you feeling utterly isolated, and until you gain fluency it is not possible to be truly yourself. It's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marialy Pacheco: Songs That I Love

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For her third solo album, and first for Australian label Pinnacles Music, Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco follows her truest muse--the songs closest to her heart. It follows that the eight tracks--Cuban compositions, two by Jerome Kern, two originals, and one by Paul Simon--were recorded with minimum fuss in just three hours. Consequently, these performances have a ...