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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Friends & Neighbors: What's Wrong

Read "What's Wrong" reviewed by John Sharpe

Norwegian quintet Friends & Neighbors' third CD presents a line up unchanged sinceNo Beat Policy(Øra Grammofon, 2011) and Hymn For A Hungry Nation (Clean Feed, 2014). The moniker gives a clue as to their inspiration, referencing one of Ornette Coleman's less well known albums recorded live at his Prince Street loft and featuring a chorus of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frode Gjerstad Trio: Steam In The Casa

Read "Steam In The Casa" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Frode Gjerstad has been a key figure of Norway's free jazz scene since the 1970s. In 1981 he started a fruitful collaboration with John Stevens, who encouraged him to pursue his interests in free improvisation, eventually connecting him with a diverse range of important international musicians. A few years later he started working with a younger ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2015

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2015" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here in no special order are ten new releases, reviewed in All About Jazz, which stood out among those I heard this year.

Mats Gustafsson
Hidros 6 Knockin'
(Not Two Records)

An avant-garde jazz composition based on the songs of '50s rocker Little Richard. Really? Yep, that's the premise ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Martin Küchen/Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang: Melted Snow

Read "Melted Snow" reviewed by John Sharpe

Not Quite All Included or Some Included might be appropriate names for the trio of Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen, and Norwegian bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Tollef Østvang. Reason being that the repertoire on Melted Snow partially replicates that on Satan in Plain Clothes (Clean Feed, 2015) by All Included, which comprises the same threesome ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Keefe Jackson/Josh Berman/Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang: Southern Sun

Read "Southern Sun" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Americans have discovered Norwegian jazz artists through several sources. Manfred Eicher's ECM label has produced music by the now famous artists: Arild Andersen, Jan Garbarek, Tord Gustavsen, Terje Rypdal, Trygve Seim and Nils Petter Molvaer. Their success bled into the modern sounds of Bugge Wesseltoft, Per Zanussi, Håvard Wiik, and Hakon Kornstad. Perhaps the closest connection ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

All Included: Satan In Plain Clothes

Read "Satan In Plain Clothes" reviewed by John Sharpe

Cooperative five piece All Included goes from strength to strength on Satan In Plain Clothes, building on the already considerable charms of their debut Reincarnation Of A Free Bird (Stone Floor, 2012). Connections abound in the unchanged line up which reflects the burgeoning, almost incestuous, Scandinavian scene. Check out the overlaps in personnel among groups such ...

Universal Indians with Joe McPhee: Skullduggery

Read "Skullduggery" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Un po' di collegamenti e incroci.
Il trio Universal Indians trae il proprio nome dal pezzo di Albert Ayler che chiudeva il disco Love Cry.
Ispirarsi a Ayler -o comunque a quel momento storico e espressivo in cui il sassofonista si trovò a agire, insieme a John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman e soci... ...

Universal Indians with Joe McPhee: Skullduggery

Read "Skullduggery" reviewed by John Sharpe

Throughout his career multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has always appeared remarkably open to collaborations with musicians from different scenes. Sometimes these blossom into more established groupings such as his regular hook ups with the Scandinavian power trio The Thing and more recently with the English improv outfit Decoy (witness Oto (Bo'Weavil, 2010) and Spontaneous Combustion (OtoRoku, 2014)). ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Music Unlimited Festival 2014

Read "Music Unlimited Festival 2014" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Music Unlimited Festival
Wels, Austria
November 7-9, 2014

Nothing about the appearance of the town Wels, in western Austria, suggests that this sleepy old commune located in the middle of a vast agricultural area is a Mecca for adventurous music aficionados. Every year, hundreds of people habitually gather from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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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