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Matthias Spillmann Trio: Live at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club

Read "Live at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club" reviewed by Don Phipps

Matthias Spillmann's Live at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club is a trumpet trio tour de force. Recorded live in Basel, Switzerland, Spillmann, bassist Andreas Lang and drummer Moritz Baumgärtner add a fascinating spin to five classics and one original number. The trio's simple format gives Spillmann plenty of room to energize the music, and his tone ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Anti-Rubber Brain Factory & Sameer Gupta

Read "Anti-Rubber Brain Factory & Sameer Gupta" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode features two extremely original albums from France, and they couldn't be more different. Guitarist Marc Ducret tackles Shakespeare on his Lady M. He's not the first to look to the Bard of Avon for inspiration (Duke Ellington and Cleo Laine come to mind immediately), but he may be the first one to frame one ...

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Lucerne Jazz Orchestra: Oaktree

Read "Oaktree" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Since its inception in 2007, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra has established itself as one of Europe's most innovative ensembles operating within the contemporary big band idiom. Currently consisting of a vocalist (Karin Meier) and 17 musicians under the musical direction of David Grottschreiber, the group has consistently collaborated with fellow trailblazers and featured works by young ...

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Mats-Up: Psalmen von Said

Read "Psalmen von Said" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il trombettista e compositore svizzero Matthias Spillmann meriterebbe più attenzione. Probabilmente se a produrre o a sostenere i suoi progetti musicali ci fosse una multinazionale o una label con una distribuzione importante i suoi CD sarebbero ben ordinati negli scaffali di opinionisti e di raffinati cultori del jazz europeo. In tal caso non mancherebbe di certo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Grünes Blatt: Thirteen Ways

Read "Thirteen Ways" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sestetto pienamente nel segno di quelle che si è soliti definire “pari opportunità" (tre uomini e tre donne), questo Grünes Blatt, sorto nel 2008 e qui al suo album d'esordio, in cui folklore rumeno e jazz contemporaneo si incontrano in un cocktail coerente e sufficientemente originale. I climi tendono alla pacatezza e alla riflessività, raffinati e spesso sognanti ...