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Philipp Zoubek: Outside

Read "Outside" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso a Colonia nel dicembre 2017, questo album vede il quarantenne pianista austriaco Philip Zoubek, collaboratore fra gli altri di Paul Lytton, Frank Gratkowski, Ernst Glerum ed Herb Robertson, misurarsi con la prediletta formula del trio, nello specifico affiancato dal bassista tedesco David Helm e dal batterista elvetico Dominik Mahnig.

Come principali punti di ...

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Z-Country Paradise: Live in Lisbon

Read "Live in Lisbon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The multinational quintet revs up the audience on this wild and scruffy excursion that skirts a misty demarcation between punk jazz and avant-garde improvisation along with off-kilter jazz rock tendencies. Vocalist Jelena Kuljic's guileful and emotive iterations instill hip, Beat Generation-like narratives in concert with the band's jarring and edgy grooves via some recoiling breakouts and ...

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Frank Gratkowski, Sebi Tramontana: Live at Španski Borci

Read "Live at Španski Borci" reviewed by Vic Albani

So perfettamente di scoprire l'acqua calda con la seguente affermazione, ma credo sia comunque ricordare come--nell'universo della musica contemporanea -in un momento in cui la cosiddetta creatività sembra mancare o essersi esaurita almeno in uno dei suo filoni essenziali, chi continua diritto per la propria strada non sembra minimamente risentire del non-interesse che avvolge in toto ...

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Mount Meander: Mount Meander

Read "Mount Meander" reviewed by John Sharpe

While it might seem that there is a production line for outfits hailing from Scandinavia, Mount Meander demonstrates that the output is far from standardised. Comprising two Germans in pianist Lucas Leidinger and drummer Thomas Sauerborn, along with the Copenhagen-based pair of Latvian saxophonist Karlis Auzins and Polish bassist Tomo Jacobson, the collective quartet shares a ...

Achim Kaufmann, Frank Gratkowski, Wilbert de Joode: Oblengths

Read "Oblengths" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

"L'improvvisazione collettiva è una disciplina che richiede buone orecchie, tempo di reazione immediato e abbondanti qualità musicali." Riportiamo volentieri le parole usate da Kevin Whitehead nel breve saggio che accompagna questo CD, per la loro eloquente intensità. Aggiungiamo che l'ascolto dell'improvvisazione collettiva si avvicina a tale disciplina: prevede buone orecchie, disposizione ad entrare senza timore in ...

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Squakk: Willisau & Berlin

Read "Willisau & Berlin" reviewed by John Sharpe

Four Germans combine for a set that recalls some of the classic Anthony Braxton quartet sides with George Lewis or Ray Anderson from the 1970s. Common ground abounds in their free-bop structures and the delightful interplay as between reeds and trombone as they slip in and out of both tunes and time. There are also other ...

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Moers Festival 2015

Read "Moers Festival 2015" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Moers Festival
Moers, Germany
May 22-25, 2015

After the great changes and new beginnings of last year's edition, this year the festival entered the phase of refinement and consolidation. The special vibe is still flourishing. The festival got an important award, the prize of the Europe Jazz Network (EJN) for Adventurous Programming. ...

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Mikko Innanen with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille: Song For A New Decade

Read "Song For A New Decade" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Finnish multi-reedman Mikko Innanen (Delirium, TUMO) is not short on ideas, here on this bracing 2-CD set recorded in New York with the all-universe rhythm section of bassist William Parker (CD-1 only) and drummer Andrew Cyrille. A fresh voice on the Euro progressive jazz scene, Innanen has imparted his skills amid collaborations with jazz and improvising ...

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Matthias Schubert: 9 Compositions for the Multiple Joy[ce] Ensemble

Read "9 Compositions for the Multiple Joy[ce] Ensemble" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Il tenorsassofonista tedesco Matthias Schubert, una trentina d'anni fa tra le maggiori promesse del jazz europeo (e come tale inserito in formazioni che in qualche modo ratificavano tale status), strada facendo--in realtà uscendo spesso e volentieri dal nostro cono di luce--si è avvicinato alla composizione pura, con risultati che questo CD, inciso a Colonia nel dicembre ...

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Matthias Schubert: 9 Compositions for The Multiple Joy[ce] Ensemble

Read "9 Compositions for The Multiple Joy[ce] Ensemble" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Featuring an international cast, Matthias Schubert conducts a program that snugly resides in the avant-garde space. Each track is outlined in the liners, citing connotations, inspirations and homages, where it's up to the listener to connect the dots via his or her interpretations. It's a hybrid offering engineered with asymmetrical parts of classical, jazz improvisation, John ...