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Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...


Fire! alla Sala Vanni di Firenze

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Sala Vanni
Musicus Concentus & Metastasio Jazz

Pubblico che non si vedeva da anni in Sala Vanni, per il secondo virtuoso “incrocio" tra Musicus Concentus e Metastasio Jazz 2018: di scena uno dei gruppi di punta della scena internazionale, il trio Fire! degli svedesi Mats Gustafsson, ...

Kjetil Møster: Ran Do

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More than in any other American jazz scene, the musicians of Chicago have embraced and continue to embrace their colleagues in Europe and the UK. In the 1990s the Chicagoan Ken Vandermark began a long-standing association with Mats Gustafsson (Sweden) and Peter Brotzmann (Germany). And Hamid Drake has been crisscrossing the Atlantic for ages. These connections ...


Fire!: The Hands

Read "The Hands" reviewed by John Eyles

There are reasons to consider the 2018 release of The Hands as an important one for Fire! It was in 2008 that saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werlin first came together as a trio with the idea of a fresh approach to improvised music. Given the groups that the three were in ...


Liudas Mockūnas / Arnas Mikalkenas / Håkon Berre: Plunged

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Recorded at the 2014 Vilnius Jazz Festival by a band comprising two Lithuanians and a Norwegian, which was one of the standouts of the 2017 Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival, Plunged proves an unexpected delight. Of the three participants, reedman Liudas Mockūnas is likely best known, having recorded with bassist Barry Guy, drummer William Hooker and saxophonist ...


Musicianer: Slow Learner

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With Musicianer reedman Josh Sinton adroitly shows how to combine the abstract and the earthy. It helps that he has enlisted long time associates drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Jason Ajemian to realize the eleven compositions on the group's debut Slow Learner. Taylor, who first garnered international attention in the Chicago Underground Duo (etc) with cornetist ...


All That's Jazz

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All That's Jazz
Sammy Stein
198 Pages
ISBN: 13: 978-0-9557670-9-8
Tomahawk Press

Sammy Stein is a brave woman. Take that title--not just a riff on “All That Jazz" to cover a personal memoir of time spent in the jazz trenches but ALL that IS jazz. This is a ...


Yedo Gibson / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Trilla: Chain

Read "Chain" reviewed by John Sharpe

Fast changing textural interplay is the name of the game on Chain which comprises six group inventions, all falling within the 8-14 minute bracket, recorded in Lisbon in June 2016. A familiar presence on the Amsterdam scene, Brazilian-born saxophonist Yedo Gibson appears the de facto leader of a collective trio, accompanied by Portuguese/Catalan drummer Vasco Trilla ...


Mats Gustafsson: Discaholics! Record Collector Confessions Vol. 1

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Discaholics! Record Collector Confessions Vol. 1
Mats Gustafsson
120 pagine
Marhaug Forlag

Chi ha avuto occasione di incrociare Mats Gustafsson nelle ore che precedono un suo concerto sa bene che, oltre al doveroso soundcheck, nell'agenda del sassofonista svedese non manca mai una capatina nei negozi di vinili usati della ...


g a b b r o: g a b b r o

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Have you ever considered your dog's paws? Whenever a baritone saxophone, or tuba for that matter, is introduced into an improvising scene, I think about my dog's forepaws. While you have hands with fingers designed for intricate work attached to your arms, a dog has these blunt clubs. I always considered the baritone saxophone to be ...