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Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2018: Part 2

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2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Various Venues
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2018

It is always a pleasure to return to Montréal for the festival. This is only my third year, which makes me a relative newcomer; many of the journalists I have met have ...

David Lopato: Gendhing for a Spirit Rising

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American composer/pianist David Lopato has a long history with South Asian music, especially the music of Java. Much of the music in the title work--which occupies the first disc of this two-disc set--was inspired by the year he spent in Surakarta (seat of one of the two great kingdoms of Central Java, where most of the ...

Charles Lloyd &The Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens

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At age 80 legendary saxophonist/composer Charles Lloyd shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to his New Quartet--most recently documented on Passin' Thru (Blue Note Records, 2017)--he has collaborated with the Greek singer Maria Farantouri on Athens Concert (ECM, 2011); played duets with Quartet pianist Jason Moran on Hagar's Song (ECM, 2013); and produced a ...

Jan Peter Schwalm: How We Fall

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Jan Peter Schwalm is a German composer and music producer, best known for his collaborations with ambient music pioneer Brian Eno, including the album Drawn From Life (Opal, 2001). Since 2006 Schwalm has been a regular guest at Norway's Punktfestival, distinguishing himself as a live remixer. He has also developed a long- term partnership with Norwegian ...

Mark Wingfield: Tales From The Dreaming City

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British guitar virtuoso Mark Wingfield is one of the linchpins of the ever-expanding Moonjune Records roster, and his relationship with bassist Yaron Stavi and drummer Asaf Sirkis (both Israeli-born, now based in the U.K.) has been especially fruitful. All three played on the acclaimed improvised album The Stone House (Moonjune Records, 2017) along with touch guitarist ...

Sam Gendel: Pass If Music

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Los Angeles-based alto saxophonist Sam Gendel produced every sound on this album live, using only his saxophone. But you would be unlikely to think so after hearing it. Opening track “Anemone Swerve" sounds like an outtake by trumpeter Jon Hassell--returning the favor for Hassell's reedy, somewhat saxophone-like trumpet sound. Gendel also favors the same sort of ...

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Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018

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Atlanta Jazz Festival
Atlanta, GA
May 26-27, 2018

The Atlanta Jazz Festival prides itself on being one of the largest free jazz festivals in the United States. The 41st edition took place under a forbidding forecast of heavy rainstorms: the event announcements made a big point of stating that the festival was ...

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Robert Rich & Markus Reuter at Streamside Concerts

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Robert Rich & Markus Reuter
Streamside Concerts
Arden, NC
May 18, 2018

American ambient keyboardist Robert Rich and German touch guitarist Markus Reuter have known each other for over a decade, and produced two albums together. But they have never toured together until now, a short tour they are calling Flood ...

Jon Hassell: Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one)

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At age 81 legendary American trumpeter/composer/conceptualist Jon Hassell could reasonably be kicking back in retirement, relaxing and resting on his considerable laurels. His Fourth World concept, combining world ethnic music with modern electronics, has been hugely influential; it is hard to imagine the sound of Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen without it, not to mention a lot ...

SUSS: Ghost Box

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The members of the band SUSS describe the music on their album Ghost Box as “psychedelic ambient country instrumentals." Fair enough, but ambient music fans will certainly recognize the sound from the country-influenced tracks on ambient pioneer Brian Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (E.G. Records, 1983)--featuring Daniel Lanois' pedal steel guitar playing--as well as Lanois albums ...