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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

Maciej Obara: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Al suo esordio su etichetta ECM, l'altosassofonista polacco Maciej Obara, classe 1981, è in realtà al suo nono disco da titolare, e al quarto (ma primo realizzato in studio) con il quartetto di cui è leader, completato dal connazionale pianista Dominic Wania (conosciuto quando entrambi militavano nel gruppo del trombettista Tomasz Stanko) e da una sezione ...

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Jazzahead! 2018

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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 ...

ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

Erik Friedlander throws a glass of absinthe, and more new releases

Read "Erik Friedlander throws a glass of absinthe, and more new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week Mondo Jazz chats with cellist Erik Friedlander about his latest project inspired by Pablo Picasso's bronze sculpture “Glass of Absinthe." Artemisia--a visually stunning vinyl box set containing musically stunning work--features Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass and Ches Smith on drums.

And, of course, more new releases!

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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

I'm always conscious of the fact that no matter how much new music you listen to in a given year it represents but a handful of stars in a teeming galaxy. These are a few of the brightest stars to have illuminated my 2017.

The Firebirds
Aladdin's Dream
ILK Music

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John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Maciej Obara: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Unloved marks a before and after for alto saxophonist/composer Maciej Obara, whose star has gradually risen since his debut as leader, Message from Ohayo (Polish Radio Katowice, 2007), and his subsequent stint with Tomasz Stanko's New Balladyna Quartet. However, it's arguably with his quintet Obara International, featuring Dominik Wania, Gard Nilssen, Ole Morten Vågan and Tom ...

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Maciej Obara: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Seemingly from thin air, the meditative music on Unloved, Polish alto saxophonist Maciej Obara's ECM debut, envelopes you in its improvisatory, chamber atmosphere and stays with you through the darker parts of the day.

Spectral piano Dominik Wania, expressive double bass Ole Morten Vagan and airy percussion Gard Nilssden, composers and band leaders all, ...

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Jazztopad Festival 2017

Read "Jazztopad Festival 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music
Jazztopad Festival
Wroclaw, Poland
November 21-26, 2017

Jazztopad is the yearly Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw is a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, a city with character, lots of peculiar neighbourhoods, ...

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Maciej Obara Quartet: Dominik Wania/Ole Morten Vågan/Gard Nilssen: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A distinct vernacular, unabashedly quixotic lyricism and an authoritative style of playing are among the notable characteristics that define Maciej Obara. The Polish saxophonist and composer had performed with Tomasz Stańko in the trumpeter's “New Balladyna Quartet" project and he has recorded with John Lindberg, Ralph Alessi, Mark Helias and Nasheet Waits. Obara was also on ...