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Fire! Orchestra: Arrival

Read "Arrival" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The ancient Zen art of decluttering has found modern favour as a mindful practice. Letting go of things is, perhaps, a way of breaking with the past. In the years since its inception, the Nordic big band Fire! Orchestra has jettisoned about half its original cast. Now down to a mere fourteen members, the outfit has ...

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Cory Smythe: Circulate Susanna

Read "Circulate Susanna" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Cory Smythe tells stories. About stories. Specifically, a father's tales in the rural heartland of America; ingredients that a listener might assume had shaped Smythe's imagination in ways that go far beyond music. But like the Stephen Foster discs spinning on the gramophone as a tornado approaches, Smythe's nostalgic and inspirational world is liner-note fantasy. Nevertheless, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Yokada: Stillness & Sirens

Read "Stillness & Sirens" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A new Stockholm-based piano trio, Yokada, has released their debut recording on Lisa Ullén's Disorder label. Though the sparse liner notes give no indication, it is a safe assumption that the trio's name comes from Andrew Hill's “Yokada Yokada" on Judgment! (Blue Note, 1964). This release--Stillness and Sirens--features one composition that is a tribute to Hill. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2016 secondo Luca Vitali

Read "Il meglio del 2016 secondo Luca Vitali" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Un 2016 iniziato sotto la stella nera di Bowie e la sua dipartita inimmaginabile e, verrebbe da dire, teatrale... come sempre. Blackstar per mille ragioni è il mio disco dell'anno, ma l'uomo che cadde sulla Terra è tornato su Marte e ci guarda da una diversa prospettiva...

Quaggiù, è stata un'annata niente male che ...

Two Scandinavian Jazz Orchestras

Read "Two  Scandinavian Jazz Orchestras" reviewed by John Eyles

It can be notoriously difficult to keep large-scale improvising ensembles in check and prevent their music from spiralling into incoherence. At their best, when the balance between order and chaos is just right, they make thrilling listening and attract fans in abundance, just as jazz big bands once did. Classic examples include Carla Bley & Mike ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fire!: She Sleeps, She Sleeps

Read "She Sleeps, She Sleeps" reviewed by John Eyles

She Sleeps, She Sleeps is the fifth album release from Fire! (yes, that exclamation mark is an integral part of the name), the Swedish supergroup trio of saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werliin. It sees the three return to duty as a trio following the distraction of recording and touring with the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mats Gustafsson & Nu Ensemble: Hidros 6: Knockin'

Read "Hidros 6: Knockin'" reviewed by John Sharpe

An avant-garde jazz composition based on the songs of '50s rocker Little Richard. Really? Yep, that's the premise behind Swedish reedman Mats Gustafsson's large scale work recorded at the Krakow Jazz Autumn in 2013. Although best known for his small group output with The Thing and Fire!, Gustafsson has regularly assembled bigger groupings during his career, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXX Edizione

Read "Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXX Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Sant'Anna Arresi, 01-06.09.2015

Bentornato Butch

A Sant'Anna Arresi, Butch Morris era di casa. In occasione della XXX Edizione, il festival Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz gli ha reso giustamente e doverosamente omaggio costruendo una programmazione completamente incentrata sulla sua figura.

C'era la Nublu Orchestra (Kenny Wollesen, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz for Kids: Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Read "Jazz for Kids: Copenhagen Jazz Festival" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Jazz for Kids: Folkegaven (Kresten Osgood & Lars Greve) and Sun Ra for Kids
Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Søndermarken Park, Frederiksberg
July 10, 2015

The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a massive event, lasting 10 days, offering 1,200 concerts that envelope all corners of the Danish capital and draws an audience of about 250,000 ...

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Fire! Orchestra: Exit!

Read "Exit!" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes it's best not to predict. If the idea of expanding Fire!'s core trio of saxophonist/electric pianist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werlin into Fire! Orchestra's massive, 28-piece behemoth was based on the trio's extant discography-- You Liked Me Five Minutes Ago (Rune Grammofon, 2009), Unreleased (Rune Grammofon, 2011), and In the Mouth ...