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Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors

Read "Phalanx Ambassadors" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Partiamo da “Phasic Haze Ramps." Perché con i suoi sedici minuti è il brano più lungo e occupa praticamente un terzo dell'intero album. Perché è il fulcro dell'incisione, l'esaltazione del modus operandi di Matt Mitchell, il centro nevralgico dal quale tutto parte e tutto ritorna. Sin dall'inizio sono coinvolti tutti gli strumenti. Che avanzano in punta ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019

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Cankarjev Dom
Jazz Festival Ljubljana
Ljubljana
June 18-22, 2019

Ljubljana—capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of the EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy—hosts a now six decades old jazz festival. The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana opposite the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors

Read "Phalanx Ambassadors" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pianist Matt Mitchell's music can be appreciated on a number of levels. It's remarkably cerebral, on the one hand, with a conceptual apparatus that sometimes verges on the impenetrable; yet there are also moments in which the many moving parts of his compositions come together in ways that are quite emotionally powerful. And then there's simply ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Asian-American Jazz & Improv

Read "Asian-American Jazz & Improv" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As jazz was born where cultures converged, it's not a surprise that it is the most adaptable form of music. An art form permeable since its very inception to musical traditions from other continents. This week we focus on the contribution of musicians that approached jazz and improvised music benefiting from the wider perspective afforded to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2

Trondheim Jazzfest
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio
Trondheim, Norway
May 10, 2019

Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key-place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The six-day Trondheim Jazzfest starts ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mary Halvorson / Joe Morris: Traversing Orbits

Read "Traversing Orbits" reviewed by John Sharpe

Birds of a feather flock together might be the motto of acclaimed guitarist Mary Halvorson as she has made a habit of teaming up with fellow pickers on a series of dates. Prominent among them is The Maid With The Flaxen Hair: A Tribute to Johnny Smith (Tzadik Records, 2018) with Bill Frisell, but among others ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Thelonious Monk Revisited

Read "Thelonious Monk Revisited" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Thelonious Monk once said “play what you want and let the public pick up on what you are doing even if it does take them 15, 20 years." Luckily, he lived long enough to become fully embraced and celebrated before his passing. However, it's after his death that his music has really become central to the ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il Meglio Del 2018 Secondo Giuseppe Segala

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La produzione del 2018 è stata copiosa e alcuni grandi protagonisti, come Henry Threadgill e Steve Coleman, hanno pubblicato documenti significativi della propria attività. Ha fatto giustamente scalpore il ritrovamento delle registrazioni di John Coltrane, pubblicate con il titolo Both Directions at Once, che aggiungono motivi di riflessione e piacere a chi non si stanca di ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018

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Another trip around the sun. In the AllAboutJazz universe, the stars were especially bright this year. Which is a good thing, unless you are like me, trying to pare down a huge list of favorites to just ten. At that task, I've failed once again. So here are my 15 favorite recordings of 2018 in no ...