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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2018

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The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2018 led me to these marvelous CDs.

Satoko Fujii
Satoko Fujii Solo
Libra Records

A person's sixtieth birthday serves as a milestone, more so in Japan--where it is referred to as “Kanreki"--than elsewhere. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steffen Schorn & Zurich Jazz Orchestra: Three Pictures

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The 2004 album Triosphere (Jazz & Arts Records), featuring reedist Steffen Schorn, saxophonist Roger Hanschel and guitarist Dirk Mudelien, points in the direction of the large ensemble work, Three Pictures. Schorn took over the reins of the Zurich Jazz Orchestra in 2014, and for the ensemble he has written and arranged the “Three Pictures Suite," “Africa ...

WDR Jazzfest 2017

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WDR Jazzfest
Gutersloh, Germany
February 2-4, 2017

The best friend of German jazz and a considerable number of passionate followers is probably a state funded media institution.

In a relatively short time span of six years, the WDR Jazzfest has blossomed from infancy to impressive European stature. WDR, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steffen Schorn and the Norwegian Wind Ensemble: Tiefentraume

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German multiple reed man Steffen Schorn plays a wide array of wind instruments: tenor, baritone, bass, contrabass and subcontrabass saxophones; Bb, bass, contra-alto and contrabass clarinets, along with the piccolo, flute, alto and bass flutes. So it makes sense for an artist with that many wind instruments in his quiver to collaborate with a wind ensemble, ...