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Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by John Kelman

It might be all too simple to explain away Sonar, the Swiss twin-guitar/bass/drums quartet now in its eighth year together, through a series of touchstones. King Crimson, by way of that band's co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft? Check. The influence of Nik Bartsch and Don Li's innovative meshing of Steve Reich-ian minimalism with deceptively complicated polyrhythmic ...

Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...

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12 Most Read Album Reviews: 2017

Read "12 Most Read Album Reviews: 2017" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent the top 12 published in 2017.

There Is No Love
David Sylvian
by Phil Barnes
Published: July 18, 2017

Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian
Sarah Partridge

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

A dialogo con Roberto Ottaviano

Read "A dialogo con Roberto Ottaviano" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Poliedrico quanto a collaborazioni ed esplorazioni di aree stilistiche, sempre rigorosissimo nel modo di affrontare qualsiasi situazione musicale, ritenuto dalla critica uno dei maggiori interpreti del sassofono jazz in Europa, Roberto Ottaviano è prossimo a compiere sessant'anni, essendo nato a Bari nel dicembre del '57. E lo fa presentando un ennesimo lavoro di altissimo livello, altro ...

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PunktFestival 2017

Read "PunktFestival 2017" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norvegia
Varie sedi
31.8-2.9.2017

Come sempre Punkt è un festival fuori dall'ordinario e all'insegna dell'imprevisto e dell'imprevedibile. Una sorta di Industria 4.0 della musica: fuori dal “circolo" dei tour estivi, tipico dei festival jazz, e poco interessato a fotografare il passato e il presente, è invece molto attento ...

Evan Parker

Read "Evan Parker" reviewed by John Eyles

In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

David Sylvian: There Is No Love

Read "There Is No Love" reviewed by Phil Barnes

David Sylvian has long divided opinion. For every passionate supporter there are half a dozen who will decry his every move as pretentious. Even among his fanbase there are many who want him to do something more to their taste, along the lines of some past triumphs like Japan's Quiet Life or Tin Drum, or solo ...

Theo Travis: Open Air

Read "Open Air" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a very busy decade for Theo Travis. The British reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalist has appeared, to varying degrees, on literally every album that Steven Wilson has released since turning to a solo career in 2009--from Insurgentes and 2011's Grace for Drowning (Kscope), through 2013's best-selling The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories), 2015's commercial ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Tim Bowness: Lost in the Ghostlight

Read "Tim Bowness: Lost in the Ghostlight" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a somewhat hidden truth that a sizeable percentage of any musician's fan base believes that the music their favorite artists make is a direct reflection of their tastes. While an artist's music ought, indeed, be a reflection of what moves them, it's another truth that, more often than not, their listening habits run much farther ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Mark Isham: Blue Sun

Read "Mark Isham: Blue Sun" reviewed by John Kelman

Mark Isham
Blue Sun
Columbia Records
1995

Better-known, perhaps, for his work in the film arena as scorer for movies including 1986's The Hitcher, the 1992 reboot of Of Mice and Men and 1998's Blade, Mark Isham has, nevertheless, demonstrated his instrumental prowess as a trumpeter on albums including pianist Art Lande's Rubisa Patrol ...