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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018

Read "JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

JazzNorway in a Nutshell
Bergen, Norway
May 23-27, 2018

If anyone should be in doubt, Norwegian jazz is thriving. Through many years, the musicians in Norway have continued to refine what might be called a particularly Norwegian approach to the jazz tradition. It is not about repeating any preconceived ideas ...

The Thing: Again

Read "Again" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Wait for it. Wait. At some point during a performance or recording by the trio known as The Thing, the band attempts to rip your face off, beginning with your ears. It's been that way since they were founded in 2000. The Swedish/Norwegian free jazz/garage band have become a kind of jazz/punk royalty, cutting huge swaths ...

Mars Williams / Tollef Østvang: Painted Pillars

Read "Painted Pillars" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you only know saxophonist Mars Williams from his gigs with the post-punk band The Psychedelic Furs or the hip-hop/funk band Liquid Soul, you're missing out on a talented and dedicated free-jazz improviser. He scatters himself in many directions, from collaborations with Chicago's Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, Jim Baker and Michael Zerang, to work in Europe ...

Thurston Moore / Adam Gołębiewski: Disarm

Read "Disarm" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We must give credit to Thurston Moore because back in the day, at the height of his rock-n-roll superstardom, he turned post-punk fans on to improvisers like Sunny Murray, Paul Flaherty, Sun Ra, Mats Gustafsson, and Masami Akita. Nowadays, as he moves further and further away from rock, the opposite is happening. Improvisation fans listening to ...

ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

A Musical Portrait of Ken Vandermark

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For our second contribution to All About Jazz's Mixcloud column, we introduce a mixtape series that we've curated since 2016, entitled “50/50." Through these selections we aim to present a comprehensive overview of the artists invited to play at Centro d'Arte through a mix of their music, curated by us, and of music that inspires them, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education

Read "Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Few drummers know how to use rhythms like Chad Taylor. He makes the drum set sing melodies and paints different hues and shades on the cymbals and skins. He can play inside and outside and has performed with musicians like saxophonists Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders and James Brandon Lewis, pianists Cooper-Moore and Angelica Sanchez, guitarists Jeff ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Artacts 18 in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria

Read "Artacts 18 in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti

This year Ken Vandermark was the headliner at the Artacts Festival which takes place every March in the picturesque village of St. Johann in Tirol, Austria.

Vandermark presented three of his projects and shared the stage with Jaimie Branch, Andrea Massaria, Clementine Gasser, Nate Wooley, Joe Williamson, Terrie Essels, Mette Rasmussen, Susana Santos ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

Read "Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Revis: Sing Me Some Cry

Read "Sing Me Some Cry" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La vicenda artistica di Eric Revis è esemplare per la propria coerenza: ci ricorda ancora una volta il ruolo avuto da molti contrabbassisti nel jazz contemporaneo, che sulle direttrici di metodo e prassi tracciate da Charles Mingus sanno coniugare una forte e sensibile preparazione sullo strumento alla capacità di organizzare stimolanti formazioni e di comporre in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you have a pigeonhole into which you would like to place pianist Sylvie Courvoisier's music, maybe stop reading right now. The Swiss-born, now twenty-year native of New York, apportions her many talents to multiple ensembles and musical styles--solo to large ensemble, chamber works, Downtown jazz, flamenco, European classical and improvisation. Needless to say, stagnant is ...