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Charlie Haden / Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings

Read "Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Formed by bassist Charlie Haden in 1969 to protest America's war in Vietnam/Indochina, the Liberation Music Orchestra has reconvened roughly every ten years to record musical protest in the face of major injustices. Time/Life: Song for the Whales and Other Beings was inspired by concern at global ecological destruction, and to that end the music has ...

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Improvised Music Company@25, Various Artists At Sugar Club

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Improvised Music Company@25
Sugar Club
jny: Dublin, Ireland
November 26, 2016

It was an appropriately festive atmosphere in the Sugar Club to mark Improvised Music Company's twenty fifth birthday celebrations. Older musicians, perhaps just starting out a quarter of a century ago, rubbed shoulders with the current generation of ...

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Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra: Time / Life

Read "Time / Life" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Due anni dopo la scomparsa di Charlie Haden si pubblica questo ultimo documento della sua Liberation Music Orchestra, un lavoro che il compianto contrabbassista progettò ma che non ebbe modo di portare a compiuta realizzazione. Vessillo del suo impegno civile e umano, l'orchestra era nata nel 1969 raccogliendo una pletora di musicisti straordinari, molti dei quali ...

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Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth

Read "Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth" reviewed by Vic Albani

Charlie Hunter chi? Ah quello che suona “strano"? Sì... proprio bravo.

Può essere un buon incipit per far conoscere a chi non lo dovesse avere mai incontrato in concerto o su disco (almeno alle nostre latitudini e anche visto che i negozi di dischi sono ormai una rarità che si fa fatica a trovarne ...

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Roy Nathanson: Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations

Read "Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations" reviewed by John Sharpe

All the selections on Nearness And You come from saxophonist Roy Nathanson's June 2015 residency at the Stone in NYC, and feature a galaxy of current and past collaborators. Throughout his career, from the Lounge Lizards via the Jazz Passengers to Sotto Voce, Nathanson has brought an irreverent approach to the serious business of music making. ...

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Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth

Read "Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth" reviewed by Doug Collette

Adorned with the kind of facetiously sardonic title he's applied to a few recent records, Charlie Hunter's latest album nevertheless documents further changes in his ever-restless musical persona. Not only is this, his seventeenth-plus album as a leader, on a new label, but he enlists a new accompanist and, perhaps most significant of all, returns to ...

Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook

Read "Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook" reviewed by Martin Longley

Hal Willner
The Stone
June 14, 15, 17, 2016

Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected artists, assigned ...

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Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9: Viper's Drag

Read "Viper's Drag" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Cosa unisce la dissacrante verve di Steven Bernstein -estroverso leader dei Sex Mob e animatore di vari progetti con la Tzadik di John Zorn-col virtuosistico pianismo di Henry Butler, fortemente intriso di blues?
Questa rilettura sul primo jazz di New Orleans è una delle risposte. La passione per la tradizione ha accomunato i due ...

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Roy Nathanson: Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations

Read "Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations" reviewed by Mark Corroto

On saxophonist Roy Nathanson's 2009 disc Subway Moon (Yellowbird), he covers the R&B song “Love Train" a huge hit for The O'Jays in 1973. Nathanson's version was a relaxed take on the age old wish for world peace. By decelerating the music he accelerated the intimacy. He utilizes the same device on Nearness Of You, an ...

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Bergamo Jazz 2016

Read "Bergamo Jazz 2016" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bergamo Jazz 2016
13-20 mar.

Tutto sommato Bergamo Jazz 2016 ha tenuto fede alle parole programmatiche di Dave Douglas, suo nuovo direttore artistico, tese a presentare “un ampio spaccato di alcune delle espressioni di questa musica in costante evoluzione...," in considerazione anche del fatto che essa “ci arriva in varie forme e ...