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Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity

Read "Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity" reviewed by Seton Hawkins



Even the most cursory listen to South African music yields an embarrassment of riches in the realm of guitar talents. Indeed, throughout the country's musical history innovative figures have forged a near universe of unique approaches to the instrument, fusing the many musical traditions of Southern Africa with popular styles into a staggering array ...

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Nik Bärtsch: Possibility in Paradox

Read "Nik Bärtsch: Possibility in Paradox" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Like the master-less samurai his primary band is named for, Nik Bärtsch forges a path and follows a code all his own. The pianist's music is best described by his own key phrases “ritual groove music" and “Zen funk," merging Eastern minimalist simplicity and patient trance with the interplay and communal aspect of jazz. It makes ...

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Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2017

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My second year playing in the All About Jazz sandbox has been even more packed with great times and great musical discoveries than the first. I had the pleasure of reviewing plenty of terrific recordings just as strong or highly-rated as those on this list, not to mention some superb live shows, but these were the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bjorn Meyer: Provenance

Read "Provenance" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Björn Meyer strongly believes that there are multiple functions for bass. Born just outside of Stockholm, he started out playing piano and some guitar but when he randomly picked up a bass, he realized that he had found his instrument. Self-taught, he had been inspired by the diverse styles of Marcus Miller and Jaco Pastorius. ...

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Bjorn Meyer: Provenance

Read "Provenance" reviewed by Geno Thackara

From the fact that his best-known role consisted of a decade in Nik Bartsch's Ronin (not to ignore his other style-bending collaborations either), it's already clear that Bjorn Meyer isn't interested in what a bass or bassist is normally supposed to do. In keeping with that attitude, his solo debut puts his low-end string work to ...

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Bjorn Meyer: Provenance

Read "Provenance" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swedish electric bass guitarist Björn Meyer has worked with Persian harpist-singer Asita Hamidi (the program is dedicated to her memory), Swedish nyckelharpa player Johan Hedin and Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem, and was a member of Nik Bärtsch's Ronin for a decade, often filling a lead instrument role. So he has a history of fitting his ...

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April Jazz 2015

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April Jazz 2015
National Concert Hall
jny: Dublin
April 10-12, 2015

April Jazz is the latest addition to Dublin's thriving jazz/improvised music scene. The weekend festival is part of the National Concert Hall's Perspectives program, a series of monthly concerts that spans modern bluegrass and fiddle soundscapes, alt country ...

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Anouar Brahem: Souvenance

Read "Souvenance" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Sei anni dopo il precedente The Astounding Eyes of Rita, il tunisino Anouar Brahem ritorna con un nuovo progetto. Il lungo intervallo è dovuto agli avvenimenti politici che dalla fine del 2010 hanno interessato tutto il Nordafrica a partire dalla Tunisia dando origine alla cosiddetta 'Primavera araba' evocata dal titolo del disco e dalla foto di ...