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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2019, Part 1-2

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Part 1 | Part 2Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 16-19, 2019 There was a lot of positive buzz leading up to the 35th edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville. On paper, the schedule looked very strong. Looking back over past ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Wayne Horvitz: The Snowghost Sessions & Those Who Remain

Read "Wayne Horvitz: The Snowghost Sessions & Those Who Remain" reviewed by Doug Collette

Since coming to some renown in New York City during the Eighties and Nineties, Wayne Horvitz has developed a career almost as eclectic as it is esoteric. Performer, composer, educator and entrepreneur comprise just a few of the roles he has assumed in near-fifty years of audacious enterprise and these dual releases vividly illustrates the range ...

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Four Artists Of The Jazz Clarinet Renaissance

Read "Four Artists Of The Jazz Clarinet Renaissance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Since the jazz clarinet never really died, renaissance--or rebirth--may not be the term that best describes what's happening to the instrument in the twenty-first century jazz universe; it is, however, a pretty good one word synopsis. The licorice stick was there at or near the start, tooting along next to the trumpet and ...

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Heinrich von Kalnein: Songlines

Read "Songlines" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The last time saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein crossed this writer's path was directing the band on Joys & Desires. In quite a departure from that outing German expatriate cum Austrian von Kalnein enters the more confined climate of the quintet, expanding the format with wide open arrangements of spatially conceived original compositions.Heinrich von Kalnein's ...

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Manu Codjia: Songlines

Read "Songlines" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Electric guitarists in jazz sort themselves into two camps. Do you follow the magisterial Charlie Christian, and favor clean lines that a horn player might play, using electricity the way Billie Holiday used a microphone to make subtle nuances more easily heard? Or do you follow the arguably less gifted (but equally influential) Johnny Smith, embracing ...

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The Derek Trucks Band: Songlines

Read "Songlines" reviewed by Jim Santella

Derek Trucks has a powerhouse blues guitar manner that just won't let go. His lyrical message grabs you and holds on tight while his band pursues its contemporary aims with confidence. He's highly expressive, and yet everything he has to say through his guitar centers on the story at hand. He's not about flash and mesmerizing ...

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The Derek Trucks Band: Songlines

Read "Songlines" reviewed by Doug Collette

Songlines will be a likely candidate for Best of 2006 lists in any number of genres--jazz, rock, jam band--and not just because it continues the eclectic course set by Derek Trucks since he began recording. (Covers included here range from Rahsaan Roland Kirk to Taj Mahal and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.) This album completely captures the ...


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