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Michael Leonhart, Rava, Lovano, Zappa & Other New Releases

Read "Michael Leonhart, Rava, Lovano, Zappa & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From previously unreleased recordings of Frank Zappa to the much-anticipated new album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra and the exciting collaboration between Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano, this week we delve into another stash of really exciting new releases. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without

Read "20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

There is a treasure-trove of jazz gems away from the usual labels, venues, websites... one has just to look around and search for it. This week we feature bands whose quality may have not been matched by their international commercial success... but that's often the curse of excellent music that goes off the beaten path. Since ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Friends & Neighbors: What's Next

Read "What's Next" reviewed by John Sharpe

With its fourth release, the Scandinavian quintet Friends & Neighbors, whose moniker references Ornette Coleman's album of near enough the same name, continues to find fertile soil in the American free jazz furrow. This time out the unchanged quintet of trumpeter Thomas Johansson, reedman André Roligheten, pianist Oscar Grönberg, bassist Jon Rune Strøm and percussionist Tollef ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Friends & Neighbors: What’s Next?

Read "What’s Next?" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Giunto al suo quarto album (dal 2011), il quintetto norvegese Friends & Neighbors conferma la propria predilezione per un discorso corale, fortemente condiviso, pur aprendo ovviamente i dovuti spazi agli spunti del singolo. Nonostante la presenza del pianoforte (e se vogliamo del sax tenore al posto del contralto), il referente più palpabile appare ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Way Ahead: Bells, Ghosts and other Saints

Read "Bells, Ghosts and other Saints" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Perry Farrell, of the rock band Jane's Addiction, might have said/sung it best in 1988, on the track “Ted, Just Admit it..." when he whispered “Nothing's Shocking." Indeed, nothing is in the 21st century. Marcel Duchamp's painting “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2" (1912) is mostly admired today, and certainly not the trigger for a riot. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jonas Cambien Trio: We Must Mustn't We

Read "We Must Mustn't We" reviewed by John Sharpe

Why change a winning formula? Norwegian-based Belgian pianist Jonas Cambien maintains his run of success with We Must Mustn't We, the follow-up to the excellent A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed, 2016) by the same trio, comprising reedman André Roligheten and drummer Andreas Wildhagen. Cambien presents the same distinctive mixture of lurching rhythms, unusual saxophone ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by John Sharpe

Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen formed Acoustic Unity back in 2014 to assuage his desire to compose and lead in a pure jazz setting. The initial get together with saxophonist André Roligheten and bassist Petter Eldh was so successful that it yielded the well-received Firehouse (Clean Feed, 2015). That achievement gives rise to an audacious gambit for ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell Bergen, Norway May 23-27, 2018 If anyone should be in doubt, Norwegian jazz is thriving. Through many years, the musicians in Norway have continued to refine what might be called a particularly Norwegian approach to the jazz tradition. It is not about repeating any preconceived ideas ...

Jon Rune Strøm Quintet: Fragments

Read "Fragments" reviewed by John Sharpe

Norwegian bassist Jon Rune Strøm, subscribes to none of the self-effacement which sometimes manifests itself on dates led by rhythm section mainstays. That is signaled straight away on the first cut of Fragments, where no other instrument is heard for the first six minutes. With bow in hand, he initially duets with fellow bassist Christian Meaas ...


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