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Cologne Open 2018

Read "Cologne Open 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Cologne Open
Cologne, Gemany
March 1-2, 2018

Cologne Open, the first edition of a new showcase festival offering a selection of the city's jazz musicians, spanned two nights in the renowned Stadtgarten venue. It was launched on the occasion of a meeting of the newly established Artistic ...

Diane Moser: Birdsongs

Read "Birdsongs" reviewed by Troy Dostert

While she hasn't gotten quite the recognition she deserves, pianist/composer Diane Moser has steadily released a series of fine recordings over the last couple decades. Her 17-piece Composers Big Band recorded Live at Tierney's Tavern in 1999 (on the New Arts label), but she's also made some excellent smaller-group records, some of which have featured some ...


Mark Dresser: Modicana

Read "Modicana" reviewed by John Sharpe

As virtuoso bassist Mark Dresser has been performing and recording solo since 1983, you can guarantee that he knows what he's doing. And Modicana fully meets expectations, presenting an accomplished and engaging album which belies the potential austerity of the unaccompanied recital. The limited edition LP collects two pieces recorded live at the 2016 Umea Jazz ...


Tiziano Tononi & Daniele Cavallanti Nexus: Experience Nexus!

Read "Experience Nexus!" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Nexus, la connessione musicale intrapresa da Tiziano Tononi e Daniele Cavallanti trentasette anni fa, prosegue con tenacia e si rinnova attraverso il reclutamento di nuove forze eccellenti. All'epoca del primo disco, Open Mouth Blues, i due musicisti milanesi avevano riunito attorno a sé i talenti del compianto trombonista Luca Bonvini, del trombettista Pino Minafra, del contrabbassista ...


Bobby Bradford: Live At The Magic Triangle

Read "Live At The Magic Triangle" reviewed by John Sharpe

After the well-received Live At The Open Gate (NoBusiness, 2016), the arrival of a second outing for the front line of cornetist Bobby Bradford and saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh doesn't come as a surprise. This time out, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Royal Hartigan (who both feature on Modirzadeh's Post Chromodal Out! (Pi Recordings, 2012) replace Mark ...


Mark Dresser: Modicana

Read "Modicana" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Titoli decisamente singolari, stravaganti come a volte sa essere il personaggio, formato LP (primi tre brani sul lato A, restanti quattro sul retro), perfetto equilibrio fra archettato (in cui il Nostro è maestro) e pizzicato (non senza l'irrompere pur discreto di rumorismi più o meno episodici, che vanno comunque infittendosi verso la fine) e una qualità ...


Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2017

Read "Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Troy Collins

Considering the quantity of recordings released in a year's time, attempting to compile a comprehensive end of the year list mentioning every first-rate session would be difficult at best. The ten titles listed below represent a fertile cross-section of some of the most compelling modern jazz heard in 2017.

William Parker Quartets


Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz  Festival 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival
Vilnius, Lithuania
November 15-19, 2017


Although a going concern since 2002, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival doesn't possess the high profile internationally that its longevity might suggest. Set amid the baroque beauty of the Lithuanian capital, in an assortment of venues, the festival has brought together ...

Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You

Read "Sedimental You" reviewed by John Sharpe

So much has been written about Mark Dresser's brilliance as a bassist that his skill as a composer can be in danger of being forgotten. But showcases like Sedimental You and its predecessor Nourishments (Clean Feed, 2014) should more than redress that potential imbalance. His artfully arranged structures prove engaging vehicles for the improvisational insight of ...

Olie Brice / Achim Kaufmann: Of Tides

Read "Of Tides" reviewed by John Eyles

Recorded live at The Vortex in December 2014, Of Tides combines London double bassist Olie Brice and German pianist Achim Kaufmann in a duo. Bass and piano is an uncommon combination for a twosome, this one having arisen after the pair initially combined in a trio that also included Roger Turner on percussion. Potential obstacles to ...