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ARTICLE: RADIO

All-Female Bands Are a Riot!

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As much as we favor a complete integration of the jazz sexes, this week we feature twenty-four bands or projects with not a single man in sight, actually in hearing. After all, how much jazz radio have you listened to (not on Mondo Jazz) with playlists made exclusively of all male bands? Here's a small contribution ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Two contrasting releases from Charlotte Hug on the Fundacja Słuchaj! label

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For many followers of improvised music, their first experience of Switzerland's Charlotte Hug was around the turn of the millennium, as a viola player, an instrument on which she was classically trained. In collaborations such as the all-female trio with Maggie Nicols and Caroline Kraabel, or the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO), she soon gained a reputation ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joëlle Léandre alla chiesa Saint-Eustache di Parigi

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Joëlle Léandre
Chiesa di Saint-Eustache
Joëlle Léandre sur les routes. 40 ans de tribulations
Parigi
28.11.2016

1976-2016. Joëlle Léandre fissa due coordinate storiche per celebrare la sua prima permanenza negli Stati Uniti (Buffalo), i successivi quarant'anni sulle strade del jazz, e il suo punto d'arrivo ideale, a casa, finalmente ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Francesco Forges, non chiamatelo "vocal coach"

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Flautista, cantante, compositore, docente, Francesco Forges è un musicista fuori dagli schemi. Da più di vent'anni è coinvolto nella creazione e direzione di gruppi e progetti in cui la voce è protagonista. Ogni formazione è per lui un'occasione per sperimentare le suggestioni più diverse, dal jazz alla lirica, alla poesia, al teatro, alla coralità contemporanea, alla ...

ARTICLE: LONDON CALLING

The People Band: Back and playing again

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46 years after their previous release, the People Band are putting out a new CD. Paul Jolly is producing the project and releasing it through his record label, 33JAZZ records. Jolly is also a member of the band. He says, “The reason for a new album is that our last one, released on the Emanem label, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

A Madman’s Approach To Music And Why Can't Music Be Like A Tree?

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"Art alone makes life possible." --Joseph Beuys.

The Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra is unique. It's an over-used word, I know, but in this case fully justified. GIO are unique in so many ways--in the way they formed, the way they make decisions, in their make-up, how they work and most importantly how they sound. They ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor 2014

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Ben ventiquattro concerti, dal 7 al 21 Novembre 2014 per la ventinovesima edizione del Jazzdor, festival tenuto a Strasburgo e dintorni, anche oltre il confine con la Gemania, come vedremo. Questa volta è stato dedicato alla figura del contrabbassista Jean Jacques Avenel, spesso protagonista.

Jazzdor si è oramai consolidato come uno dei più ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: Artificial Life

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The importance of ensembles such as the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra cannot be underestimated. Their work since their formation defines a distinctive approach to large-scale, free improvisation rooted in a well-defined philosophy of collective music-making. As George Lewis, trombonist and 'composer' of Artificial Life, remarks in the record's sleevenotes:

“As with all improvisation, including our ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

People Band and Friends at Café Oto

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The People Band and Friends Trbute to Mel Davis
Cafe Oto
London, England
28th October 2014

I knew when my friend turned to ask me, halfway through the event, “This is a bit extreme isn't it?" that I had baptized him with fire. He had never been to a jazz gig ...

ARTICLE: SCUMBLES

The People Band and Vortex Outdoors– Vortex 22nd Sept 2012

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The People Band

Vortex Outdoor

The Vortex

London, England

September 22, 2012

The Vortex Club in Dalston, north London, recently celebrated 25 years as a jazz venue. For a quarter of a century, first in Stoke Newington and later Dalston, The Vortex has offered jazz of all genres to the world. ...