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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

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 ...

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 ...

Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream

Read "The Dreamer Is the Dream" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Si inizia con “Heart in Hand," una classica ballad nella quale Chris Potter conferma di essere uno dei massimi stilisti del sax tenore, a proprio agio in un contesto che senza indugi potremmo definire modern mainstream. Nulla che già non si sapesse, quindi, sennonché a circa metà brano, il pianoforte si mostra sì in piena sintonia ...

Chris Potter: The Dreamer Is the Dream

Read "The Dreamer Is the Dream" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Saxophonist/composer Chris Potter's two previous ECM albums as leader both had a “special project" air about them. The Sirens (2013) was inspired by the epic poem The Odyssey, and featured an unusual quintet with two keyboardists. Imaginary Cities (2015) featured the Underground Orchestra, an expansive lineup of his Underground quartet plus two bassists, percussion, and string ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Nick Davies

Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
April 26 to May 1, 2017

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on the Regency Spa Town of Cheltenham for six days. The festival presented a mix of established jazz acts with emerging artists, complemented by stars from the soul and blues ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent And Upcoming ECM Releases: April - June 2017

Recent And Upcoming ECM Releases: April - June 2017

Look for these recent or upcoming releases on ECM Records. Aaron Parks
Find the Way Aaron Parks: piano, Ben Street: double bass, Billy Hart: drums. For the second ECM album by Aaron Parks—following the solo release Aborescence, which JazzTimes praised as “expansive, impressionistic… like a vision quest”—the prize-winning pianist has convened a cross-generational trio featuring bassist Ben ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jerome Sabbagh, Simon Jermyn, Allison Miller: Lean

Read "Lean" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Jerome Sabbagh fa parte di quella folta schiera di musicisti non usi alle luci dei riflettori mediatici o alle prime pagine, ma particolarmente stimati dai colleghi (non a caso Paul Motian lo volle fortemente nel nuovo trio messo in piedi poco prima della sua scomparsa). Se il suo biglietto da visita come leader è il quartetto ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Edward Simon: Latin American Songbook

Read "Latin American Songbook" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dall'attuale residenza di San Francisco, Edward Simon rammenta le musiche che hanno segnato la sua infanzia. “Uno dei vantaggi di essere cresciuto in Venezuela--scrive nelle note del CD--sono stati i differenti influssi musicali provenienti da tutte le parti del continente americano e dai Caraibi. C'è tanta grande musica esistente in questa parte del mondo che si ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ricardo Grilli: 1954

Read "1954" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Ricardo Grilli is a New York-based guitarist whose music is a gentle blend of jazz and progressive rock. He leads a quartet of accomplished musicians who know how to alternately be calm and spacious or rhythmic and grooving. On the calmer side “Rings" has a quietly throbbing beat and mellow texture set up by Joe Martin's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016

Read "2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 9, 2016

When they say the Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world, they're not kidding. Several city blocks full of concert venues, outdoor stages, and vendors. There are six seated concert venues on the grounds, and another six just ...