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Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2

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This week we continue the retrospective dedicated to Frank Zappa's complex relationship with jazz, through a mix of the jazzier compositions performed by Zappa himself and countless tributes to his music paid by jazz musicians.

As Frank Zappa loved to say, quoting Edgard Varèse, “the present day composer refuses to die" and the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stefano Amerio: 20 anni di Artesuono

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Sono passati ormai diversi anni da quando abbiamo intervistato Stefano Amerio, tecnico del suono e patron di Artesuono, lo studio di registrazione più noto e affermato d'Italia e anche d'Europa, almeno per l'ambito jazzistico. Ma Artesuono è anche un'etichetta discografica con un catalogo ampio e interessante, ancorché popolato di prodotti prevalentemente di area friulana. Un etichetta ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Glauco Venier, Michele Corcella: Mainerio!

Read "Mainerio!" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Già molti anni fa, era il 1996, Glauco Venier aveva usato l'espressione “l'insiùm" (che in friulano significa “il sogno") per dare il titolo a uno dei suoi primi dischi, in trio con Salvatore Maiore e Roberto Dani, nel quale prendeva spunto dalla cultura friulana per fare jazz. Nel 2004, poi, aveva affrontato la musica del leggendario ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Udin&Jazz 2018

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Udin&Jazz 2018
Udine
Palamostre
3-6.7.2018

Ventottesima edizione per il festival friulano, con qualche ombra sul suo futuro conseguente alla presa di posizione del direttore artistico e organizzatore Giancarlo Velliscig (clicca qui per leggere la sua intervista prima della scorsa edizione) nei confronti della nuova amministrazione comunale. Nel frattempo anche quest'anno il ...

Seven Women 2018 – Part V

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part V" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

An embarrassment of riches...

Shirley Crabbe
Bridges
MaiSong Music
2018

Vocalist Shirley Crabbe's 2011 debut recording, Home (Self Produced), was very well received, with critic Edward Blanco noting that the singer has, ..."a warm approach to the music, her smooth vocals seem a perfect fit for voicing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Norma Winstone: Descansado - Songs For Films

Read "Descansado - Songs For Films" reviewed by John Ephland

Norma Winstone has had her current trio since 2001, long enough to have released five albums (four for ECM). Descansado, a celebration of cinema through the language of music, is that fourth CD, and it's a winner from start to finish. The album's title derives from a Armando Trovajoli composition, used in Italian director Vittorio De ...

Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House

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At a 2009 ECM @ 40 celebration in Mannheim, Germany that was part of the ongoing Enjoy Jazz Festival, Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava spoke, in a public interview, about how free jazz, back in the day, wasn't really free. There were rules: no time and/or no changes, for example; with memorable melodies not impossible, but not ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

London Jazz Festival 2016

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The London Jazz Festival, now in its 24th year, straddles the capital--its noble aim, as ever, is the provision of musical succour for the diverse tastes that make up the larger British jazz audience. You want mainstream, you'll find it. Looking for fusion, then look no further. Free jazz, bebop, blues? Step this way. Postjazz? Postjazz? ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Glauco Venier: Miniatures

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Italian pianist Glauco Venier presents a delicate program of “Music for piano and percussion" on his first solo album for ECM. The approach came out of music Venier made for a documentary film about sculptor Giorgio Celiberti, which involved piano plus playing on “sonorous sculptures" (metal sculptures designed to also have sound qualities). For this recording ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Glauco Venier si racconta con Miniatures

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Miniatures è un piano solo. Ma è anche qualcosa di più, per il modo in cui sono state inserite nel tessuto narrativo le sculture sonore azionate dallo stesso Glauco Venier e per come sono saldate al pensiero che sorregge la musica. La musica respira anche attraverso il dialogo tra pianoforte e sculture sonore, che tracciano una ...