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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Francesco Chiapperini, una storia bigama

Read "Francesco Chiapperini, una storia bigama" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Pugliese di nascita ma lombardo d'adozione, classe 1978, Francesco Chiapperini, clarinettista e sassofonista nonché compositore, è senza ombra di dubbio uno dei nomi più interessanti emersi in questi ultimi anni nel panorama del jazz di casa nostra. Il suo ultimo album, The Big Earth, inciso dal vivo alla Scighera di Milano da un organico di dodici ...

Barre Phillips / Motoharu Yoshizawa: Oh My, Those Boys!

Read "Oh My, Those Boys!" reviewed by John Sharpe

Expatriate American bassist Barre Phillips is the banner name on another in the Chap Chap series of improvised encounters from Japan issued by the NoBusiness imprint. He boasts an illustrious back-story. His Journal Violone (Opus One,1968) is reputed to be the first solo bass album, while Music From Two Basses (ECM, 1971) with Dave Holland was ...

Duo Periculoso: Non é Prohibito

Read "Non é Prohibito" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The collaboration between violinist Gunda Gottschalk and bassist Peter Jacquemyn dates back to 1995, with the duo expanding to a trio in the live arena with the addition of accordionist Ute Völker. Non é Prohibito (el NEGOCITO Records, 2017) is only the duo's second recording and comes eighteen years after E Pericoloso Sporgersi (Valve Records, 1999). ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joëlle Léandre: A Woman's Work...

Read "A Woman's Work..." reviewed by Mark Corroto

How do you sum up the career of an improvising artist like Joëlle Léandre? Do you reissue a package of recordings from her 40 years of performance? That is probably not possible, given the multiple labels and the location and ownership of the masters. Besides, free improvisation, almost by definition, dissipates (or probably should dissipate) upon ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John O'Gallagher Trio: Live In Brooklyn

Read "Live In Brooklyn" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Over the past 25 years, altoist and New York resident, John O'Gallagher has worked with the likes of Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart and Chris Cheek amongst many others. German born but long-time New Yorker bassist Johannes Weidenmueller has played with the Hank Jones trio, the John Abercrombie quartet, Joe Lovano and many ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath - Marching to a Different Drum

Read "The Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath - Marching to a Different Drum" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Early one August morning in 1964, seven people crossed the border by train passing from South Africa into Mozambique. It was an unusual group of people--five black men, one white man and one white woman. Any “mixing of the races" was, of course, immediately suspicious in apartheid South Africa. The six men--Louis Moholo, Chris McGregor, Dudu ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith

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"I don't have a half-speed for music, if I do it, I'm all in..."--PEK

If the Evil Clown record label is prolific on a per capita basis, then its founder is exponentially more inexhaustible. David Peck (aka PEK) founded the label--at first, unbranded--and its roots date back a little more than twenty years ...

Tori Freestone Trio: El Barranco

Read "El Barranco" reviewed by Roger Farbey

El Barranco is the Tori Freestone Trio's follow-up to their 2014 debut album In The Chop House, released once again on the ever-burgeoning Whirlwind Recordings label.

The chordless sound of the trio evinces a warmth which inevitably invites comparisons with the chief progenitor of this configuration, Sonny Rollins and his 1957 album Way Out ...

Bob Downes Open Music: Blowin' With Bass

Read "Blowin' With Bass" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Bob Downes, compositore e polistrumentista britannico, estrae dal proprio magic box un'altra chicca che farà fellce gli appassionati di jazz, o meglio, di British Jazz. Il movimento che, a partire della fine degli anni Sessanta, produsse un pimpante manipolo di musicisti-pionieri che ancora oggi calcano le scene internazionali come Evan Parker, John Surman, Keith Tippett, John ...

Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser/Dominik Mahnig: Equal Poise

Read "Equal Poise" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Russian born pianist Simon Nabatov has been composing since early childhood. His career has placed his residences in Italy, New York (where he studied at Juilliard), and Germany, where he finally settled. He has worked or recorded with Barre Phillips, Ray Anderson, Ed Schuller and, as a leader, has recorded in a variety of settings from ...