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Snowboy and the Latin Section: New York Afternoon

Read "Snowboy and the Latin Section: New York Afternoon" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The pervasive myths of New York are of a whole different order to those of just about any other world city. If 'Swinging London' ever existed before the offshore 'investors' moved in, it was long ago reduced, as the Clash put it, to the 'ring of that truncheon thing,' yet New York has somehow kept its ...

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Polar Bear: Same As You

Read "Same As You" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Geography is rarely something that a writer considers when preparing a review. But Same as You sounds profoundly shaped by where it was mixed and mastered--in the Mojave Desert, by producer Ken Barrientos and Polar Bear drummer and bandleader Sebastian Rochford. “We spent a couple days at his studio then headed out to the desert for ...

Music’s Where You Find It

Read "Music’s Where You Find It" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Ajoyo
Ajoyo
Ropeadope
2014

Multi-reed player Yacine Boulares has picked up, and left behind, musical footprints literally all around the world. He was born in North Africa (Tunisia) but grew up in Paris, where he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and jazz performance at the National Conservatory and New School ...

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Südtirol Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Südtirol Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bolzano e provincia
26.06-05.07.2015

Oltre ottanta concerti si sono svolti in cinquantasette diversi spazi distribuiti in ventidue comuni della provincia di Bolzano e non solo, ospitando quasi duecento musicisti. Queste cifre sintetizzano l'ottica di una programmazione che ha ribadito la sua vocazione ad un'ampia diffusione territoriale, facendo circuitare molti dei gruppi invitati, ...

Polar Bear: Same As You

Read "Same As You" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Polar Bear's seventh album, Same As You appears barely 12 months after album number six, In Each And Every One (Leaf Label, 2014). It's far from being a “more of the same" follow-up though--this is a softer, more-at-peace Polar Bear sound than its predecessor, a mellower vibe.

There are just six tracks on the ...

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Live From Birmingham: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Mark Holub, George Clinton & Polar Bear

Read "Live From Birmingham: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Mark Holub, George Clinton & Polar Bear" reviewed by Martin Longley

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
Symphony Hall
April 13, 2015

Rarely does a gig prompt such an ambivalent response as this 'adiós' show by the very veteran Buena Vista posse. Musical vibrations were typically very positive within their extensive set-list of Cuban songs, covering all moods, from up-tempo near-salsa ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 2 -November 15, 2014

Here are the festival numbers: 80 shows in almost seven weeks on 25 stages, performed by 250 musicians from 35 countries. Beyond the numbers there are many names: quite a few well known, a fair amount of established artists ...

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Moss Freed

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Moss Freed" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Lionel Loueke--Heritage (EMI--2012).
Sono diventato dipendente da questo album dopo aver visto il trio (con Mark Guiliana e Michael Olatuja) al Vortex di Londra l'anno scorso. Vi è un quantità smisurata di sentimento nel modo di suonare di Loueke mentre la scrittura è moderna con memorabili sequenze melodiche e groove danzabili. Gli assolo di ...

Polar Bear: In Each And Every One

Read "In Each And Every One" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Polar Bear is back. Not just with a bang, but with a whole array of other sounds, including the occasional whimper. In Each And Every One brings together 11 tunes from the pen of drummer Sebastian Rochford--from the gently bucolic to the downright macabre. There's also an early front runner for the Best Song Title Of ...

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Melt Yourself Down: Melt Yourself Down

Read "Melt Yourself Down" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Shouty, funky, groovy, heavy, punky, jazzy--the UK-based Melt Yourself Down is all of these things and more. Debut album Melt Yourself Down demonstrates all of these qualities, with a collection of songs that demands, and deserves, attention, respect, love and dancing in equal measure.

Melt Yourself Down includes some of the UK's finest, most ...