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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giovanni Guidi: Avec le temps

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Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi leads a quintet through a lyrical, mostly original program. The core band is the Giovanni Guidi Trio with American double bassist Thomas Morgan and Portuguese drummer João Lobo, as heard on This Is The Day (ECM Records, 2015) and City Of Broken Dreams (ECM Records, 2013). They are joined by tenor saxophonist ...

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Various Artists: La Casa Murada MoonJune Sessions, Volume 1

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Magic seems to happen routinely at Spain's La Casa Murada Residential Recording Studio, a converted 12th century farmhouse, at least during the MoonJune Records recording sessions. For listeners who have not been following the label's releases, this generous 80-minute sampler offers a delightful overview. For those who have, it includes one track released in advance of ...

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Dom Minasi & Juampy Juarez: Freeland

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American guitarist Dom Minasi and Argentinian guitarist Juampy Juarez have performed as a duet several times, first during a tour in Buenos Aires, then at some shows in New York. Recorded in Buenos Aires, in April 2018, Freeland documents their playing partnership. Minasi has a history of duets, most recently on record with guitarist Jack DeSalvo ...

ECM @ 50

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2019 marks the 50th anniversary of German record label ECM Records. Since its founding by Manfred Eicher the label has maintained unwavering standards of excellence, characterized by an unmistakable visual identity and rigorous production values. In addition to some 20 concerts featuring ECM artists, the 2019 Big Ears Festival (full review here) also hosted an “ECM ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Jazz Arts Initiative Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Announces Name Change To JazzArts Charlotte

Jazz Arts Initiative Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Announces Name Change To JazzArts Charlotte

International jazz legend Wynton Marsalis joined JazzArts Charlotte President and CEO Lonnie Davis on Saturday, March 30 for a re-branding kickoff event held for sponsors, volunteers and local dignitaries. Ten years ago, Lonnie and O.C. Davis came to Charlotte from their hometown of jny: New Orleans, displaced by Hurricane Katrina. They had an audacious dream to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Big Ears Festival 2019

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Big Ears Festival
Knoxville, TN
March 21-24, 2019

The major focus of this year's Big Ears Festival was a celebration of ECM Records' 50th anniversary, which included a number of live performances (representing both the main label and the classical music imprint ECM New Series) as well as a panel ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Atlantico: New Easter Island

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Atlantico is co-lead by French jazz pianist Sebastien Paindestre and U.S. reed and woodwind player Dave Schroeder. They made their recorded debut with En Rouge (La Fabrica'son, 2016). On this sequel--the second in a planned triptych--they are again joined by acoustic bassist Martin Wind and drummer Billy Drummond, along with two guests.

Schroeder's “The ...

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Eumir Deodato: Os Catedraticos 73

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Composer/arranger/keyboardist Eumir Deodato is best known for a series of albums on the CTI label, notably Prelude (CTI Records, 1973) and Deodato 2 (CTI Records, 1973). Os Catedraticos 73 dates from the same period, and employs many of the same musicians. It was recorded between Rio de Janeiro and New York, featuring a Brazilian rhythm section ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

David Helbock: Inside & Outside the Piano

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Austrian pianist/composer David Helbock was born in 1984, and began playing the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Feldkirch Conservatory with Prof. Ferenc Bognar, where he finished in 2005 with an “excellent" degree in performance and since 2000 took lessons with the New York jazz pianist Peter Madsen, who became his teacher, ...

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Rai Castells Quintet: Welcome

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Spanish guitarist/composer Rai Castells graduated from the Berklee College of Music. He has had other projects, but this is the debut recording of his new quintet with saxophonist Miguel Pintxo Villar, pianist Max Villavecchia, bassist Jordi Gaspar and drummer Jordi Gardeñas. The material is all composed by Castells.

“Around The Planet" begins the set ...