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Spring Roll: Episodes

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French flautist Sylvaine Hélary's Spring Roll follow up their ambitious debut Printemps (Ayler, 2015) with another adventurous outing on Episodes. While the first disc incorporated words and voices, the twist this time is that Hélary commissioned works from three of New York City's finest composer-improvisers, pianists Matt Mitchell and Kris Davis, and saxophonist Dan Blake, to ...

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Jozef Dumoulin: A Beginner's Guide To Diving And Flying

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Il pianista belga quarantatreenne Jozef Dumoulin, che abbiamo imparato ad apprezzare al fianco di Ellery Eskelin, Dan Weiss, Nate Wooley e in duo pianistico con Benoît Delbecq, presenta con questo organico Orca Noise Unit la propria formazione con musicisti francesi, dove spicca la presenza del contrabbassista Bruno Chevillon. I brani di The Beginner's Guide to Diving ...

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38th International Jazzfestival Saalfelden

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International Jazzfestival of Saalfelden
Saalfelden, Austria
August 24-27, 2017

Once again, set against the amazing backdrop of the Austrian Alps, the International Jazzfestival of Saalfelden offered a unique perspective on the most adventurous jazz from around the world, as it does since its inception in the 1970s.

It is no coincidence ...

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Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra: Les Deux Versants Se Regardent

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Known for her adventurous approach to her instrument, French pianist Eve Risser takes a correspondingly maverick attitude to her first leadership vehicle, the White Desert Orchestra. Not that the two styles are in any way analogous. Rather Risser melds and translates disparate concepts into offbeat constructs which span jazz, improvisation, rock and contemporary classical, but remain ...

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Sylvaine Helary: Sylvaine Helary Trio

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The French have long had an affinity for the surrealistic and the absurd--didn't they invent both expressions? Among the ranks of the leading left-field artists (from, of course, the left bank--the traditions stretch back to Antonin Artauld, the first to promote the first playable electronic keyboard, the Ondes Martenot, and Pierre Schaeffer, who created the expression ...