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Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)

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Hip Spanic All-Stars
Old-School Revolution
Self-Produced
2018

If you think that Old School Revolution sounds both familiar and new, you're right.

In the late 2000s, bassist and singer Happy Sanchez, saxophonist Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), percussionist Karl Perazzo (a longstanding member of Santana), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nicola Conte: Let Your Light Shine On

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One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But music is only one of many real good things this set has going on.

Light is the first ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Heartbeats Full of Soul

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Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy
Let Your Light Shine On
MPS
2018

One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But ...

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Various Artists: Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

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The description “spiritual jazz" means different things to different people. It was first applied to the predominantly African American style platformed by the Strata-East and Muse labels in the early and mid 1970s. The tag was not introduced until a decade later, and a better one would have been “cultural jazz," despite the tautology--for although every ...

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Nicola Conte: Let Your Light Shine On

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Italian guitarist, bandleader, crate digger and DJ Nicola Conte's journeys into musics originating from beyond Europe--be they Brazilian, Hindustani, Latin American or African--sometimes carry a touch of the touristic about them, but his work is so transparently heartfelt that it never becomes a problem. It is also, always, superbly well crafted. Conte identifies Let Your Light ...

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Diane Peters, Andrea Ponzoni: CafeAmaro

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I termini con cui usiamo definire le forme musicali sono sempre meno efficaci quando entriamo in quei territori di confine dove convivono nu-jazz, ambient, lounge, elettronica e strumentazione acustica. Il compito è ancor più difficile quando in un disco come questo ogni traccia si presenta con una propria identità, offrendo un mix cangiante e fantasioso.

José James: una grande voce per la Black Music

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La recente pubblicazione per la Blue Note di Yesterday I Had the Blues -The Music of Billie Holiday , torna a collocare José James in una piena cornice jazzistica. È una commemorazione della cantante e un approccio tradizionale che oggi James affronta senza paura d'apparire prigionero del passato. L'altro esempio riguarda l'album For All We Know, ...

Stefania Dipierro: Natural

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Based in their homeland of Italy, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nicola Conte first worked with singer-songwriter Stefania Dipierro in Conte's 1990s collective called Fez. When Fez disbanded, Dipierro moved on to share her rich and succulent voice through a series of other collaborations, while Conte released a series of works in samba-influenced acid-jazz that was acclaimed ...

India to Italy, Brazil to Slovenia–Where WON'T Jazz Go?

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Avataar
Petal
Self-Produced
2016

While growing up in the Northern Ontario mining town of Sunbury, he was known as “Sam." But in his early twenties, Sundar Viswanathan reconnected with his Indian name and heritage, and, through several conservatory courses spanning North Indian classical to Turkish maquam music, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Intervista a Gaetano Partipilo

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S'è formato nella fervida scena del jazz pugliese e nei corsi di Siena Jazz ma poco più che ventenne ha svolto le prime, significative, esperienze internazionali accanto a Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Jason Moran, Nasheet Waits e altri protagonisti dell'innovazione, a New York sul finire degli anni Novanta.
Oggi Gaetano Partipilo è uno dei ...