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Hubert Dupont: Smart Grid

Read "Smart Grid" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

French bassist and composer Hubert Dupont has been mixing music and political activism since his Sabil Trio played at the Institute of the Arab World in 2013. That event served as the inspiration for Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 1 (2016) and Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 2 (2017), both on the Ultrabolic label. His blend of Arab music and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival 2018

Read "Vision Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

Cecil Taylor

Read "Cecil Taylor" reviewed by John Eyles

On April 5th 2018, the world lost pianist, composer, poet and iconoclast Cecil Taylor, at age 89. Taylor was the last surviving member of a generation of players who gave birth to the music variously labelled as avant-garde, fire music or free jazz, although some sources jointly credit Taylor and Ornette Coleman as its originators.

Marco Colonna

Read "Marco Colonna" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Denis Colin Trio, Fluide (In Situ, 1998).
Un disco strepitoso, all'apice della concezione del trio di Denis Colin. Il suono del suo clarinetto basso è stata sempre fonte di ispirazione per me. È il meno “classico" dei francesi e questo disco si fregia della maestria di Ramon Lopez. Inoltre è una sorta di concept, ...

Live From New York: Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts

Read "Live From New York: Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts" reviewed by Martin Longley

Alvin Curran
The Park Avenue Armory
March 14, 2018

The composer and keyboardist Alvin Curran was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now a sprightly 79 years old. His work with Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome, from 1966 onwards, is of most interest to followers of improvised music. Curran ...

Yacine Boulares: Abu Sadiya

Read "Abu Sadiya" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il sassofonista e clarinettista di origini tunisine Yacine Boulares presenta qui un'interessantissima suite di musica originale, ispirata però ad Abu Sadiya, mitica figura dell'XI secolo appartenente alla tradizione tunisina che Boulares ha conosciuto attraverso i racconti del padre. Originario dell'Africa sub sahariana, probabilmente del Mali, giunto in Tunisia alla ricerca della figlia rapita e ridotta in ...

The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

Read "The Cry of Jay Rodriguez" reviewed by Michael Blake



On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

Alberto Pinton Quartet: Live in Japan

Read "Live in Japan" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You never really recognize a musician or ensemble until you hear them live. In the studio, artists have the luxury of multiple takes and edits to fine-tune their sound. Live in concert, the trade-off for the lack of second takes, is the musicians' ability to feed off of the energies of the audience. Their true identities ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Riccardo Fassi: Tankio Band, Frank Zappa, Antonello Salis e molto altro

Read "Riccardo Fassi: Tankio Band, Frank Zappa, Antonello Salis e molto altro" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Fondatore e leader della Tankio Band, una delle più innovative e longeve orchestre italiane, Riccardo Fassi eccelle anche in veste di pianista e tastierista in piccoli organici e come compositore di colonne sonore. L'occasione per quest'intervista ad ampio raggio e ricca di aneddoti, viene dalla pubblicazione con la Tankio Band del secondo capitolo sulle musiche di ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ton-Klami: Prophecy Of Nue

Read "Prophecy Of Nue" reviewed by John Sharpe

Another installment in the No Business Records series of unreleased Chap Chap label recordings licensed from Japan provides a fascinating glimpse of an unfamiliar soundworld. Prophecy Of Nue features the long lived group Ton-Klami live in concert in 1995. The band member best known in the West might be pianist Masahiko Satoh, who has recorded with ...