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Andreas Schaerer/Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy: The Big Wig

Read "The Big Wig" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy and the sextet Hildegard Lernt Fliegen come below Andreas Schaerer on the billing on this CD/DVD offering, suggesting the star quality of this unique contemporary composer/vocalist. The Big Wig suite-- composed and orchestrated by Schaerer--comprises newly composed material and reworkings of several tunes from Hildegard Lernt Fliegen's The Fundamental ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival

Read "50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival" reviewed by Ian Patterson

50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival
Arnaud Robert
398 Pages
ISBN: 978-2-84597-558-3
Montreux Jazz Festival/Editions Textuel
2016

It's neither the oldest nor the largest, but Montreux Jazz Festival is, arguably, the most famous music festival in the word. It's a notable and perhaps unlikely badge of honor for ...

Montreux Through The Decades: Blues, Soul & Funk Recordings, Part 1

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As part of All About Jazz' tribute to Montreux Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 50th edition in 2016, and to its founder, the late Claude Nobs, this second batch of live recordings features ten memorable blues, soul and funk concerts captured between 1973 and 2004. The first batch featured ten jazz recordings from concerts between ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Claude Nobs: We All Came Out To Montreux...

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Montreux Jazz Festival is fifty. It's a significant milestone and cause for celebration. No doubt there will be an added festive element to this year's edition of the festival, founded by Claude Nobs--along with pianist Géo Voumard and writer René Langel--in 1967. Yet for many, the celebrations will be tinged with sadness due to the absence ...

Montreux Through The Decades: Jazz Recordings, Part One

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To celebrate Montreux Jazz Festival's 50th edition in 2016, and as a posthumous tribute to the festival's founder, the late Claude Nobs, All About Jazz is launching a new column entitled Montreux Through the Decades, which will periodically present reviews of officially released live recordings from MJF, from its first edition in 1967 to the present. ...

Defibrillator & Peter Brötzmann: Conversations About Not Eating Meat

Read "Conversations About Not Eating Meat" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Imagine the fight posters we could create for the various musical boxing matches organized for saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. His profile picture would be facing a fellow competitor with all the relevant statistics--height, weight, reach, and age. The boxing poster image often comes to mind when he grapples with plugged-in artists and those dealing with electronics, as ...

Illogical Harmonies with D’Incise: Illogical Harmonies with D’Incise

Read "Illogical Harmonies with D’Incise" reviewed by John Eyles

For several reasons this download-only release makes an excellent companion piece to Volume (Another Timbre, 2016) by Illogical Harmonies. Firstly, the Illogical Harmonies duo of violinist Johnny Chang and double bassist Mike Majkowski is here joined by INSUB curator D'Incise who acts as a wild card, adding electronics and field recordings to the impressive contributions of ...

Martin Perret's L'Anderer: Don't Try You Are

Read "Don't Try You Are" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The moody and mystical Don't Try You Are is a concept album--"the musical investigation of the murder of a mysterious man in an indefinite country just after a war." The music--written by drummer Perret--is high on atmosphere and mystery, often dark and sometimes unsettling. It's not an album to encourage an outbreak of dancing, but it ...

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Two contrasting releases from Stefan Thut

Read "Two  contrasting releases from Stefan Thut" reviewed by John Eyles

Swiss composer and cellist Stefan Thut was born in 1968. Trained at the Lucerne Conservatory then at Boston University School of Music, he is now based in the Swiss canton of Solothurn. After experiences in new and experimental music, improvisation and noise he started composing, writing scores.

A member of the Wandelweiser group, as ...

Luca Sisera Roofer: Prospect

Read "Prospect" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The press release is surely accurate, pertaining to this Swiss ensemble's ability to gracefully fuse conventional modern jazz processes with avant-garde improvisational activities. Led by bassist Luca Sisera, the band's nomenclature includes post-bop, free-form soundscapes, knotty unison choruses and effervescent thematic flows, complete with melodic intervals and some hustle and bustle. Moreover, each piece imparts a ...


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