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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Attias: échos la nuit

Read "échos la nuit" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early days of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's career, there were critics who viewed the blind man with three instruments hanging from his neck--two to be played simultaneously--as posturing. Then they heard him play. Forty years later, and filtered through the influence of four continents, Michaël Attias takes up the task of improvising on two different ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benoit Delbecq 4: Spots On Stripes

Read "Spots On Stripes" reviewed by John Sharpe

In the animal kingdom both spots and stripes contribute to the camouflage which keeps the wearer hidden from either potential predators or prey. There's something similarly disorientating about this enigmatic album from French pianist Benoit Delbecq. Renowned as someone who has taken John Cage's idea of prepared piano into the jazz sphere, Delbecq has studied with ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Troy Dostert

2018 was a terrific year for imaginative, well-executed recordings that cover the spectrum of instrumental configurations in creative jazz and freely improvised music. From Susana Santos Silva's mesmerizing solo trumpet to Ingrid Laubrock's formidable orchestra (and everything in between), the following choices are a cross-section of some of the best the year had to offer. Something ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS



Jonathan Finlayson's music has clarity of sound and atmosphere and, at the same time, keeps you on the edge of your seat. The American trumpeter knows how to make challenging music accessible, which he has already shown in the bands of Steve Coleman, Henry Threadgill and Steve Lehman. Like their music, his own compositions ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

Read "European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar
European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018
Lisbon, Portugal
September 13-15, 2018

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Running The Bas(s)es

Read "Running The Bas(s)es" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

In baseball parlance, “touch 'em all" refers to hitting a four-bagger, a home run. In this week's episode, we try to “touch" a whole bunch of wonderful contemporary bassists. The following would make up a pretty darn good all-star team of “bass" runners: John Hébert with Marty Ehrlich, Joshua Abrams, Drew Gress in Free Country, Sean ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Hersch Trio: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

For the past few years, pianist Fred Hersch has been releasing CDs with a regularity that would make them feel routine if the music wasn't always so good. This new one is another live effort featuring his long standing trio with John Hebert and Eric McPherson, this time recorded in Brussels. As usual, it's excellent.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marty Ehrlich: Trio Exaltation

Read "Trio Exaltation" reviewed by Troy Dostert

After his previous release, 2013's magnificent big-band disc A Trumpet in the Morning (New World Records), it was unclear whether multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich would continue down the path of large-scale composition or return to the small-to-medium-sized ensembles he's used for most of his recorded output over the years. Well, he's gone small all right: all the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Seconda parte

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Seconda parte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Vicenza Jazz
Varie sedi
10--20.05.2018

Proseguiamo con il festival vicentino, i cui primi concerti sono stati recensiti da Libero Farné. In una rassegna così ricca di appuntamenti --come sempre dislocati in vari luoghi cittadini e in differenti orari --è ovviamente impossibile seguire tutto e anche questa seconda parte verterà sui concerti serali ...

Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...