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2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast! Part 2

Read "2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast! Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Last week we dived deep in some of the best new releases of 2019. Two hours were not enough so this week we continue our quest for fascinating new jazz out there... and we'll branch out a bit going into releases that came out at the end of 2018 as well. Many of the albums we're ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Ballard: Fairgrounds

Read "Fairgrounds" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The overture to Fairgrounds, “Grounds Entrance," involves an engaging percussive soundscape leading into “Yeah Pete!," which despite its exclamatory title is a laid-back feast of drums, electric piano and guitar on a similar wavelength to Miles Davis' In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969). But “The Man's Gone" introduces a funky shift with irrepressibly upbeat wah-wah guitar ...

Meet Hiroyuki Masuko

Read "Meet Hiroyuki Masuko" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Although the Super Fans column started out with a New York focus, we realize there's a world of jazz--and jazz fans--beyond. Since those first columns in 2016, we've presented Super Fans from across the United States, including some who live part-time in other countries. But now we've officially gone international, with our first Super Fan from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Concerti dei Seminari di Siena Jazz: un “non festival” dalle qualità uniche

Read "Concerti dei Seminari di Siena Jazz: un “non festival” dalle qualità uniche" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Siena
Concerti dei Seminari di Siena Jazz
23.7-7.8. 2018

Tra i tanti festival estivi della penisola ce n'è uno --autorevole, ricco di proposte e musicisti --che potremmo tuttavia definire un non festival: Siena Jazz, ovvero i concerti che, per due settimane, ogni sera vedono in scena formazioni composte dai docenti ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chick Corea Akoustic Band al Parco della Musica Roma

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Chick Corea Akoustic Band
Parco della Musica
Roma Jazz Festival
14.7.2018

La straordinaria carriera di Chick Corea è una delle più lunghe e variegate di tutto il jazz moderno; appare pertanto naturale che periodicamente il pianista si dedichi a far rivivere alcuni dei suoi vecchi progetti, in compagnia di musicisti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Claus Waidtlow: A New Beginning

Read "A New Beginning" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Saxophonist Claus Waidtløw has been a vital part of the Danish jazz scene for many years. At the beginning of the '90s, he was already established on the scene and in 1997 he released his debut as a leader, Claustrophobia, on Stunt Records (notice the use of the pun on the saxophonist's name in the title). ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brad Mehldau Trio al Parco della Musica, Roma

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Brad Mehldau Trio
Parco della Musica
Roma
12.05.2018

Ogni tanto capita che un artista esca dal suo ambito di riferimento generalmente ristretto per venire esposto a un pubblico più vasto ed eterogeneo. Succede ad esempio a quei musicisti jazz che vengono “scoperti," più o meno occasionalmente, da un pubblico generico ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Read "Seymour Reads The Constitution!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Brad Mehldau has an adventurous and innovative side, one that he displays on Largo (Warner Brothers, 2002) and Highway Rider (Nonesuch, 2010), albums that feature expansive and--with Largo--electronic inputs. But he always returns to the acoustic trio format that brought him to prominence. It began with a series of five Art Of The Trio albums ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Brad Mehldau Trio's New Album, "Seymour Reads the Constitution!," Out Now

Brad Mehldau Trio's New Album, "Seymour Reads the Constitution!," Out Now

Brad Mehldau Trio's new album, Seymour Reads the Constitution!, is out now on Nonesuch Records. The pianist and his longtime trio, which includes drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, perform three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Read "Seymour Reads The Constitution!" reviewed by Doug Collette

The track listing of Seymour Reads The Constitution! is ultimately as deceptive as the album's title (not to mention its cryptic cover image). The ten cuts feature only three compositions written by Brad Mehldau, yet these pieces constitute almost half the record's sixty-plus minutes playing time. As a result, the covers provide exceptional pacing because the ...