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Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band: Begin Again

Read "Begin Again" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Throughout pianist Fred Hersch's long career, he has mostly worked in trios and other small units, rarely doing much with large ensembles. That makes this session of Hersch featured with Germany's WDR Big Band a special treat. They play a program of the pianist's compositions from various parts of his career, all arranged and conducted by ...

Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band: Begin Again

Read "Begin Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Fred Hersch, who needs no introduction to most well-informed jazz enthusiasts, is by and large known as a leader of trios and other small groups. Begin Again displays another side of Hersch's appreciable talents: nine of his handsome compositions, astutely recast by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and impressively performed by Germany's superb WDR ...

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Marshall Gilkes / WDR Big Band: Always Forward

Read "Always Forward" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is the second album on which Maryland-born trombonist Marshall Gilkes (pronounced “Jilks") has collaborated with Germany's superlative WDR Big Band, a world-class ensemble with whom he has also served as a member of the trombone section. This time around, Gilkes not only gets to solo but to conduct, compose (eight numbers including the three-part “Denali ...

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Paul Heller: Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller

Read "Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Granted, Paul Heller meeting Roman Schwaller isn't such a big deal here in the States. It is, however, quite a big deal in Germany and western Europe as a whole where Heller and Schwaller are among the reigning monarchs of the tenor saxophone, akin to such American twosomes as Ammons / Gordon, Sims / Cohn or, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzahead! 2018

Read "Jazzahead! 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Bremen Trade Fair Hall
Jazzahead!
Bremen, Germany
April 21-23, 2018

Jazzahead!, the three-day annual jazz marketplace marketplace of/for jazz in the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany with 3,283 participants from 61 countries stood strong and steady again this year. A total of 40 showcases over three ...

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Vince Mendoza: Homecoming

Read "Homecoming" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo disco di Vince Mendoza (il quinto con la WDR Big Band in 25 anni di sodalizio) forse non sarà acclamato come le collaborazioni con Arif Mardin (Jazzpaña, ACT 1992) o Joe Zawinul (Brown Street, Intuition 2006), nominati o vincitori di Grammys, ma resta un pregevole lavoro orchestrale anche senza ospiti di grido.

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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene

Read "Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[This is the fourth of the All About Jazz series on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, and entrepreneurs who give ...

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Garry Dial: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Fans of Duke Ellington who think they've heard it all should prepare themselves for a most pleasant surprise: a treasure-trove of “rediscovered" songs composed or co-written by Ellington, several of which had never before been recorded, wonderfully performed by Germany's world-class WDR Big Band conducted by Rich DeRosa and featuring the prodigious talents of guests Garry ...

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Florian Ross Trio: Pigs & Fairies

Read "Pigs & Fairies" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As a composer, German-born pianist Florian Ross seldom strays from the musical basics: melody, harmony, rhythm. As a performer, however, he uses those same basics to fashion a broad palette of sound, coming at the listener from a variety of routes and angles cannily designed to deepen an over-all mood of singularity and anticipation.

Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture

Read "The Broader Picture" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A dispetto della notorietà e del prestigio ottenuti nell'attività di batterista e insegnante, le doti compositive di Billy Hart sono relativamente poco note. Il trombonista e compositore svizzero Christophe Schweizer, già suo allievo al Mannes College of Music di New York nel 1992, rende omaggio al maestro arrangiando alcuni suoi brani ed eseguendoli con la WDR ...