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Lyrical Stories in Music: Jakob Dinesen & Jean-Sebastian Simonoviez, FLOW and Michael Vincent Waller

Read "Lyrical Stories in Music: Jakob Dinesen & Jean-Sebastian Simonoviez, FLOW and Michael Vincent Waller" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Saying that a piece of music is lyrical presupposes a quality that is hard to define. You know what it is until you need to explain it. The Cambridge Dictionary says that it means: “expressing personal thoughts and feelings in a beautiful way," which doesn't really say much. In music, storytelling is just as elusive. It's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side

Read "Bells for the South Side" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Ecco un disco per ascoltatori esigenti. Un lavoro che ripaga con generosità l'impegno di un ascolto vigile, informato, empatico. Roscoe Mitchell è tra i musicisti di oggi che hanno saputo costruire la propria arte con incorruttibile determinazione e coerenza. Bells for the South Side ne rappresenta un capitolo importante, che racchiude una prodigiosa sintesi e nel ...

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Lisa Mezzacappa: avantNOIR

Read "avantNOIR" reviewed by Nicola Negri

avantNOIR--an homage to the tradition of hard-boiled fiction and film noir? The imaginary soundtrack for an abstract crime novel? A reimagining of Fifties' jazz combos through the language of avant-garde? This new record by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa is all of the above and much, much more.

Equally inspired by the hard-boiled novels of ...

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Tania Chen, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, William Winant: Ocean of Storms

Read "Ocean of Storms" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In between stints as a videographer of below-ice underwater regions in Antarctica, guitarist Henry Kaiser maintains a remarkably busy agenda as an improvising musician. Here he's joined by Wadada Leo Smith, an occasional partner going back to their mutual connection with Eugene Chadbourne in the 1970s and later collaboration on their Yo Miles! album from 1998. ...

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Tania Chen, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, William Winant: Ocean of Storms

Read "Ocean of Storms" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

If, for no other reason than Wadada Leo Smith rears his predominant head, this recording should be considered. Within the electronic walls of All About Jazz, one can forgive me for having not paid proper tribute to Smith's exceptional America's National Parks (Cuneiform Records, 2016) since no less than five colleagues did. I am a late ...

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Roscoe Mitchell Trio: Angel City

Read "Angel City" reviewed by John Sharpe

Throughout his career Chicago multi instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell has forensically examined two key polarities. More than most he has focused on the tensions between sound and silence and composition and improvisation. On Angel City, a continuous 55-minute opus recorded over two days in 2012 at Mills College in Oakland where Mitchell is professor of ...

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Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid

Read "The Celestial Squid" reviewed by Troy Collins

The Celestial Squid is an unprecedented summit meeting between two renowned guitarists: legendary British session ace Ray Russell and idiosyncratic Bay Area experimentalist Henry Kaiser. Although best known as a veteran studio musician, Russell's groundbreaking early records revealed a penchant for unbridled free jazz, culminating in his 1971 masterpiece Rites and Rituals (CBS). Since then, Russell ...

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Moers Festival 2014

Read "Moers Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Moers Festival
Moers , Germany
June, 6-9, 2014

Moers is a small city of about 100,000 inhabitants at the periphery of the former mining and industrial Ruhrpott area in Germany, about 40 km from the Dutch border and near the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Moers Festival, a four-day annual event always ...

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2014

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2014" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 15-19, 2014

Victoriaville, Quebec is a town of some 40,000 two hours east of Montreal, a regional center known for the sober pursuits of dairy and wood production. For the past three decades (beginning in 1983), the town has also hosted ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roscoe Mitchell: Numbers

Read "Numbers" reviewed by John Sharpe

What's the difference between composition and improvisation once the music has been committed to disc? At that point even the wildest flights of fancy become fixed and immutable, able to be reheated and pored over at leisure. One difference may lie in the notation-defying musical characteristics integral to the finest improvisations: continual variation of tone and ...