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Maleem Mahmoud Ghania & Pharoah Sanders: The Trance Of Seven Colors

Read "The Trance Of Seven Colors" reviewed by Chris May

Producer Bill Laswell gets a bad rap in some quarters, and sometimes he deserves it. During his mid 1980s through mid 1990s purple period, Laswell tended to apply, some would say impose, a one-size-fits-all, avant-rock-and-funk formula across the board to the projects he took on. It was novel and radical and compelling and Laswell assembled a ...

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Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks

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Swiss guitarist-composer Stephan Thelen (leader of the band Sonar) released his first solo album Fractal Guitar (Moonjune Records, 2019) to great acclaim. This remix album offers a dramatic new look at four of the original five tracks--only “Radiant Day" is skipped--as well as adding three new tracks from Thelen and two collaborators.

The remix ...

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Jon Batiste: Anatomy of Angels

Read "Anatomy of Angels" reviewed by Chris May

As the bandleader and musical director on CBS TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, pianist Jon Batiste will be known to many AAJ readers in the US. Here on the other side of the pond his name rings fewer bells. So before discussing Batiste's piano trio + octet album Anatomy of Angels, some background for ...

Arild Andersen / Clive Bell / Mark Wastell: Tales Of Hackney

Read "Tales Of Hackney" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Tales Of Hackney features three leading improvisers, Arild Andersen, Mark Wastell and Clive Bell. Following a rare live performance at London's Cafe Oto in September 2017, the trio were inspired enough to proceed the very next day to Hackney Road Studios to produce the fifty minutes of transcendental music presented here.

The renowned bass ...

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JazzMI 2018 - III Edizione

Read "JazzMI 2018 - III Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

JazzMI 2018--Terza Edizione
Milano
1.-13.11.2018

Terza edizione di JazzMI, festival che si impone all'attenzione della città con la forza dei grandi numeri. Oltre 200 eventi, 500 artisti, 100 location sparse per tutta la città (periferie comprese, è bene sottolinearlo), tra mostre fotografiche, dibattiti, interviste pubbliche, proiezioni cinematografiche e ovviamente concerti, tra ...

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John Zorn & Bill Laswell a JazzMi 2018

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John Zorn & Bill Laswell
Teatro Dal Verme
JazzMi
Milano
6.11.2018

Il cielo è grigio sopra Milano; la serata appiccicosa e umida. Nel foyer e alle biglietterie una discreta calca. C'è aria di evento, di concerto dell'anno al JazzMi. Capita sempre meno spesso che John Zorn faccia scalo in ...

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Fred Frith Solo Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Fred Frith Solo Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Since the 1960s, composer and multi-instrumentalist Fred Frith has been blurring the borders between rock, folk, improvisation and contemporary music. His influence as an artist was already evident in the early seventies, first as a result of his work with the innovative British rock band Henry Cow and later with Brian Eno. He moved to New ...

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Satoko Fujii: Live at Big Apple in Kobe

Read "Live at Big Apple in Kobe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Another new formation marks the eighth entry in the sixtieth-birthday series of monthly releases from Satoko Fujii. As part of the pianist's year long celebration, she has released albums as a solo performer, a duo (with Joe Fonda), a new trio configuration with Fonda and Italian saxophonist Gianni Mimmo and another with Tamura and drummer Takashi ...

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Don Cherry: Home Boy, Sister Out

Read "Home Boy, Sister Out" reviewed by Chris May

Don Cherry was in the vanguard of not one, but two uprisings which changed the face of jazz. He pioneered both the free-jazz revolution of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the world-jazz movement of the 1970s. Home Boy, Sister Out, first released on the French label Barclay in 1985 and reissued in summer 2018 ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Trumpet player Wadada Leo Smith is one of the few musicians remaining from the original, founding generation of Chicago's legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. But he has hardly rested since; Smith's Ten Freedom Summers (2012, Cuneiform) was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music; in 2017, Smith swept the Downbeat Critics' ...