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ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ben Allison: Between Groove and Melody

Read "Ben Allison: Between Groove and Melody" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Bassist, bandleader, educator and composer, Ben Allison is one of the leading players of the world stage. During the past twenty years he has released twelve records and led various bands, performed on more than thirty albums, co-founded The Jazz Composers Collective, and served as its Artistic Director until its dissolution in 2005. In this conversation, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ben Allison: tra groove e melodia

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Il bassista e compositore Ben Allison è uno dei principali bandleader della scena contemporanea. Negli ultimi vent'anni ha pubblicato 12 album a capo di vari ensemble, collaborato in trenta e più dischi e fondato il Jazz Composers Collective. Dotato di una personale vena creativa, Allison compone brani d'inconfondibile freschezza e raro appeal, che sono tra gli ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family: Beginning of A Memory

Read "Beginning of A Memory" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

For this mostly retrospective session drummer/composer Matt Wilson convened all of the members--past and present--of his longest established groups: the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts & Crafts, and Christmas Tree-O. So it's not only a larger ensemble than usual, but also a melding of the different stylistic focuses represented by those projects. There are 13 players altogether, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Berkman: Old Friends And New Friends

Read "Old Friends And New Friends" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With Old Friends and New Friends, pianist/composer David Berkman reunites with the Palmetto label, as well as Matt Balitsaris, who both founded the label and was the recording engineer. Berkman nostalgically describes the process of making the earlier recordings as a group undertaking where disparate personalties are melded into a whole to produce a distinct sound. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski: Gathering Call

Read "Gathering Call" reviewed by Carlo Wolff

Drummer Matt Wilson is certainly mercurial. Not only can he be found playing in all manner and format, working with everyone from Myra Melford to John Zorn to Elvis Costello, he regularly leads two quartets: Arts & Crafts, and this one, featuring roiling windman Jeff Lederer, cornetist Kirk Knuffke} and bassist Chris Lightcap. Augmented here by ...