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Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

New releases keep coming at an exciting place and Mondo Jazz obliges, sharing tons of exicting new releases, in particular celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its spiritual offspring as well as some great European projects.

Playlist Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Marilyn Mazur ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

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Jazz Juniors 2018
ICE Kraków Congress Centre/Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club
Kraków, Poland
November 29-December 2, 2018

In 2017, the four-day Jazz Juniors competition was merged under the banner of Hitch On, with promises of a full duality for its 2018 42nd edition. Along the way, this didn't ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nypan: Big City

Read "Big City" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Norwegian guitarist and composer Øyvind Nypan had a special project and, accordingly, special musicians in mind when conceptualizing his newest and third record for Losen Records, Big City. After contacting pianist Taylor Eigsti and receiving his positive response, Nypan was able to rally together the rest of the cast and shortly afterwards ended up recording this ...

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Jason Palmer: Fair Weather

Read "Fair Weather" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Newvelle Records co-founder, the pianist Elan Mehler is familiar with one of Boston's few long-time, dedicated jazz clubs, Wally's. As he explains in the liner notes for Fair Weather, the club is where trumpeter and North Carolina native Jason Palmer was leading a band for nearly two decades. Palmer has played with leading talents such as ...

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Ben Wendel Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Ben Wendel, saxophonist of Kneebody and forerunner of the current jazz generation, presents music from his YouTube project Seasons, a remarkable video series on YouTube: 12 duets, composed for and dedicated to 12 musicians he admires, released over 12 months. The project was inspired by the eponymous series of piano duos by Tchaikovsky.

Ben ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jerome Sabbagh and Greg Tuohey: No Filter

Read "No Filter" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

So much regard is given to audio quality in the 21st century that there has become something of an obsession with “purity." A desire for music that has no digital manipulation, no computers layering sounds together. As co-band leaders, Jerome Sabbagh and Greg Tuohey resolved to attain this quality on No Filter by recording the album ...

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Festival Jazz International Rotterdam 2018

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Festival Jazz International Rotterdam
LantarenVenster
Rotterdam
October 26-28, 2018

As a jazz enthusiast strolling along the beautiful waterfront of Rotterdam, encountering the name Van Gelder almost seems too good to be true. Even though in this case, the name is found on a truck and refers to a corporation that sells ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rudy Royston: Flatbed Buggy

Read "Flatbed Buggy" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A veteran rhythm-man whose long list of credits includes work with Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas, Rudy Royston already had a couple releases on Douglas's Greenleaf Music label (303, from 2014, and Rise of Orion (2016), and now Flatbed Buggy continues this promising track record with a winsome set of music that manages to pull off ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

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If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

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Simona Premazzi: Outspoken

Read "Outspoken" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Friulana, autorevole formazione classica (diploma al conservatorio di Udine) e jazzistica (è stata allieva tra gli altri di Franco D'Andrea e ha figurato nella big band di Enrico Intra, da quasi quindici anni la pianista e bandleader Simona Premazzi si è trasferita a New York, dove coltiva collaborazioni di tutto rispetto, insegna e realizza la sua ...