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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Guido Michelone: Jazz In Europa

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Jazz in Europa
Guido Michelone
180 pagine
Casa Musicale Eco
2016

Il titolo del nuovo libro di Michelone è quanto mai indicativo. L'autore analizza il jazz nato in Europa esaminandone le forme e le incisioni rappresentative, in una ricerca tesa a metterne in risalto i caratteri peculiari, ovvero l'identità. ...

Harry Beckett: Still Happy

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Barbados-born Harry Beckett was known across the jazz world, respected as a major player on the UK scene for many years, winning the Melody Maker Trumpeter of the Year award in 1972 and recording or performing with a host of musicians including Louis Moholo, John Dankworth and John Surman. Like many jazz players he was in ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Livelove Radio Bremen series continues: Working Week and Jazz Passengers

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The Livelove series issuing archival live Radio Bremen recordings began with Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House from January 1975 (Promising Music, 2015) and the Horace Silver Quintet from June 1977 (Promising Music, 2015). That seems like a pretty wide range: from jazz fusion to hard bop. But the third and fourth releases in the series ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joyce Elaine Yuille: Welcome to My World

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Chi ama quell'universo musicale in cui s'incontrano soul e pop music, jazz d'annata, funk, musiche latine e quant'altro (il termine nu jazz può aiutare anche se fuorviante), conosce bene la Schema Records, l'etichetta di Luciano Cantone che ha prodotto tra gli altri Mario Biondi, Nicola Conte, Rosario Giuliani e s'appresta a ripubblicare alcuni classici del Perigeo. ...

London Afrobeat Collective: Food Chain

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It's based in London, it's a collective and it plays afrobeat, a strongly rhythmic musical style associated particularly with Fela Kuti. That's the basic info. Much more importantly Food Chain, the London Afrobeat Collective's second album (there are a couple of EPs too), is a bit of a monster--full of dancefloor-filling beats, allied to politically-aware lyrics, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Elisabeth Sheperd: The Signal

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Vi ricordate i Matt Bianco? Erano un gruppo britannico degli anni ottanta, esponenti di punta del cosiddetto “New Cool" assieme a Style Council e Working Week. Per il loro piacevole pop-jazz e le affinità con la cantante Basia Trzetrzelewska, mi sono tornati in mente ascoltando questo disco di Elisabeth Shepherd.

Il confronto può ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Working Week: Working Nights

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Many contemporary music and cultural commentators disparage the UK's '80s pop scene as a time seemingly in thrall to new technologies, and whose throwaway commercial hits are long forgotten--and rightly so. Is that really how it was though? Others look far more fondly on the decade's music, remembering its brief dalliance between pop culture and jazz ...