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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joyce Elaine Yuille: Welcome to My World

Read "Welcome to My World" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Chi ama quell'universo musicale in cui s'incontrano soul e pop music, jazz d'annata, funk, musiche latine e quant'altro (il termine nu jazz può aiutare anche se fuorviante), conosce bene la Schema Records, l'etichetta di Luciano Cantone che ha prodotto tra gli altri Mario Biondi, Nicola Conte, Rosario Giuliani e s'appresta a ripubblicare alcuni classici del Perigeo. ...

Verona Jazz Winter 2015

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Dopo il debutto dello scorso anno, Verona Jazz Winter si conferma un appuntamento centrale per la città e riscatta le delusioni che da tempo offre la rassegna estiva.
Con l'eccezione del cantante flamenco Diego El Cigala, il nuovo cartellone jazz del Teatro Ristori era dedicato a musicisti italiani (Bollani, Rava, Bosso, Lanzoni, Chiara Civello, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

CDs Discoveries of the Month

CDs Discoveries of the Month

Now that the Grammys are over, here are some truly sensational albums. To feature as many as possible, I've kept my banter to a minimum... She sings, she plays bass and she writes songs. Katie Thiroux is a triple threat who also has chosen terrific material for her first album. I love the way she deals with ...