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ARTICLE: RADIO

(Not So) Standards

Read "(Not So) Standards" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For decades jazz standards have provided improvisers with both a vehicle and a testing ground for their creativity. In some cases they have taken more liberties than others. This week we focus on not-so-standard renditions of jazz standards, from “Take Five" to “My Favorite Things," from “Mood Indigo" to “'Round Midnight," two hours of jazz played ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vincent Peirani: Living Being II - Night Walker

Read "Living Being II - Night Walker" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Led Zeppelin and the accordion is an unlikely pairing, but then so is a collection that mixes the compositions of Robert Plant, John Bonham and Jimmy Page with Sonny Bono. Nice, France native and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Peirani has recorded five albums as a leader/co-leader for ACT Records. Living Being ll--Night Walker is the follow up to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Film Noir, a Jazz Investigation

Read "Film Noir, a Jazz Investigation" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In search of clues about the key components that make it possible to build the mood, the suspense, the intrigue, the build-up of tension, the adrenaline rush and the release in a good film noir with a jazz soundtrack, or in the jazz soundtrack of an imaginary film noir.

Plus an interview with German-born, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazztopad 2015: World Premieres

Read "Jazztopad 2015: World Premieres" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jazztopad 2015: World Premieres
National Forum Of Music
jny:Wroclaw, Poland
November 27-29, 2015

November in Wroclaw means jazz. Ten days no less. Jazztopad, however, is more than just another jazz festival. A core component of the programme since Piotr Turkiewicz took up the reins as Artistic Director in 2008 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

2014 Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2014
Ljubljana, Slovenia
July 2-5, 2014

Ljubljana--capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy--hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe, which held its 55th edition this year. The event is usually organized by Cankarjev House--Cankarjev Dom, in Slovenian--a prestigious, state-run ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Romano Pratesi, Daniel Humair, Ares Tavolazzi, David Liebman, Adam Nussbaum: Rubber Band Live

Read "Rubber Band Live" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dalla solida base del trio che da anni Romano Pratesi ha costituito con Ares Tavolazzi e Daniel Humair nasce questo quartetto privo di strumento armonico, ripreso dal vivo il 16 e 17 giugno del 2009 durante due festival (Villa Celimontana a Roma e Montalcino Jazz & Wine). Adam Nussbaum sostituisce il batterista franco-svizzero in cinque brani. ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Noel Akchote

Read "Take Five With Noel Akchote" reviewed by Noël Akchoté

Meet Noel Akchote:
Trained from the age of eight, Noel Akchote debuted as a guitarist in 1990. Noel Akochote has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians like Henri Texier, Louis Sclavis, Daniel Humair, Jacques Thollot, Sam Rivers, Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Firth, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Tim Berne, and George Lewis. Later in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Since he began to seriously pursue a career as a jazz artist back in the 1960s, Dave Liebman has been on a transformative journey towards becoming a true original in the genre. After assuming sideman slots with the likes of Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name but a few, he has certainly earned ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Roberto Fonseca, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal & Vincent Peirani perform at Souillac Jazz Festival this July

Roberto Fonseca, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal & Vincent Peirani perform at Souillac Jazz Festival this July

The new jazz generation converges with its Afro-American roots this year at the Souillac Jazz Festival in southwest France, to be held from 15 to 21 July. SIX EVENING CONCERTS 16 July The Trio d'en bas will stage an entertaining and unusual spectacle in the Grottes de Lacave. 18 July The drummer Daniel Humair will lead his “Sweet & Sour” Quartet ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

On The Road With The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet

Read "On The Road With The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though it was only a 12-hour flight from Singapore to London, for Singaporean organist/pianist Jeremy Monteiro, Philippine tenor saxophonist Tots Tolentino, Hong Kong guitarist Eugene Pao and Thai drummer Chanutr Techatana-nan--who together make up the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet--the journey has, in some ways, been a much longer one; you could say it's a journey ...