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JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018

Read "JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

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 ...

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Read "Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

John Coltrane
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
Meteor 17 and Crew Neck Productions
2017

Because it is poised to contribute to the image of John Coltrane in popular culture for years to come, a thoughtful appraisal of this film is very important. Promoted at major film festivals and released to theaters worldwide, ...

Quantum Trio: Duality: Particles & Waves

Read "Duality: Particles & Waves" reviewed by Geno Thackara

As anyone who's ever read or watched science fiction can tell you, there are any number of universes that occupy states different from our own. Limitless possibilities are created by the chances of things happening one way or another. There could be another Earth out there that's secretly run by penguins, one where Miles Davis actually ...

Sonny Rollins: Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959

Read "Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The quantity and quality of music released in 1959 have led many to call it a watershed year for modern jazz. Even just cursory research calls up such landmark titles as John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic), Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic), Dave Brubeck's Time Out (Columbia) and Miles Davis's Kind of Blue ...

Tom Rizzo: Day and Night

Read "Day and Night" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The names in guitarist Tom Rizzo's starting lineup on Day and Night indicate that this is a West Coast-based group, an observation that is borne out in Rizzo's bio, which says he is “active [on] the Los Angeles music scene" and served as guitarist for the Tonight Show band when Jay Leno was at the helm, ...

Bobby Selvaggio: Quantum Man

Read "Quantum Man" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

For lack of a better description, the latest project by Cleveland-based musician Bobby Selvaggio is a melding of textures between the saxophonist's jazz quartet and a string quintet consisting of two violins, two violas, and cello. It's a heady assignment that many have tried over the years. In fact, there have been more failures in this ...

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Andrea Massaria, Bruce Ditmas: The Music Of Carla Bley

Read "The Music Of Carla Bley" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

I brani composti da Carla Bley nei primi anni Sessanta rappresentano una miniera dove i filoni auriferi sono diffusi in modo costante, emanano forza, freschezza, intuizione. Se, da un lato, il guizzo melodico ricorda Ornette Coleman, per altri versi c'è una personalità tutta originale, venata di tante sfumature, che riflettono umori dal Sud America all'Europa del ...

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I.P.A.: I Just Did Say Something

Read "I Just Did Say Something" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Scandinavians have made an indelible mark on the progressive jazz front for the past several decades. For example, modern era bands such as Atomic and units led by trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær, often present hybrid journeys into free jazz or nu-bop, Avant jazz rock and other shrewdly devised cross-functional endeavors. Since 2007, Norwegian-based I.P.A. has been ...

Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians: Live In Tokyo

Read "Live In Tokyo" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Marc Ribot, il Philly Sound, gli archi, il funk. Ormai capace di attraversare qualsiasi tipo di contesto musicale con la facilità con cui l'acqua scorre lungo le pietre di un ruscello, il chitarrista amato da Tom Waits incornicia con un Live in Tokyo una delle sue avventure più folli e divertenti.

Ribot arruola ...

Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny

Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A good chunk of the jazz-consuming public first became aware of Cuong Vu's virtuoso trumpet playing via his work with the Pat Metheny Group during the 2000s. For those of us already familiar with Vu's work, the move seemed a bit out-of-character, as the young trumpeter was a prominent player in the hyper-adventurous downtown NYC scene ...