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Brian McCarthy: The Better Angels of Our Nature

Read "The Better Angels of Our Nature" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sassofonista e arrangiatore, insegnante all'Università del Vermont, Brian McCarthy è anche un appassionato di storia e ha pensato di realizzare un concept album ispirato alla guerra civile americana, presentando due suoi brani e sette temi dell'epoca arrangiati per medio organico.

In questo nonet troviamo veterani come il trombettista Bill Mobley (già con Harold ...

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Gilmore Keyboard Festival

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Gilmore Keyboard Festival
Kalamazoo, Michigan
April 25 to May 12, 2018

Thursday night is always the second night of the biennial Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Thursday night is also the first night for jazz, the festival putatively a classical music rollout with jazz confections, albeit well-considered, strewn throughout this 22-day cultural jewel based ...

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Fonnesbaek & Kauflin: Synesthesia

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Young US pianist Justin Kauflin and Danish bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek share the neurological condition known as synesthesia, in which the senses become mixed. For the two musicians, this means experiencing sounds as colors with their minds' eyes.

They met in jny: Copenhagen for the first time in 2015. Fonnesbaek recalls, “Besides being a ...

Five Women (plus Two) – MJ Territo, Laura Campisi, Mari Nobre, Janet Lawson, Dominique Eade, Jocelyn Medina, Katie Thiroux

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MJ Territo
Ladies Day
Jolly Molly Records
2017

Vocalist Mj Territo celebrates all things women on her ambitious and overdue Ladies Day. Territo noted the number of compositions that she loved were written by women. So, taking that fact and assembling an all-women's band, Territo creates the trifecta of celebration. The ...

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Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Releases Debut Album  "The Sound Of Surprise: Live At The Side Door”

Saxophonist and composer Mike Casey is proud to announce the February 7, 2017 release of his debut album The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door. Splitting his time between alto and tenor saxophone, Casey and his longtime trio present a fresh approach to the chordless saxophone trio format over the course of seven first-takes. ...

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Katie Thiroux Quartet at Birdland

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Katie Thiroux Quartet
Birdland
New York, NY
November 6, 2016

Joy swings eternal in the music of bassist-vocalist Katie Thiroux. And that's just one of the many gifts that spring forth from this skyrocketing talent. Over the past eighteen months, Thiroux has had one deserved success after another. It started ...

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Time in Jazz 2016

Read "Time in Jazz 2016" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Time in Jazz
Sardegna, vari luoghi
8-16.08.2016

Erano diciassette i Comuni della Sardegna nord-orientale coinvolti in questa ventinovesima edizione di Time in Jazz, diretta dall'instancabile e onnipresente Paolo Fresu, sempre alla ricerca di collaborazioni, idee e proposte nuove. Le suggestive ambientazioni naturalistiche e storiche del festival, comprendente le appendici di Time in ...

Various Artists: Oscar, with Love

Read "Oscar, with Love" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To mark the ninetieth anniversary of the legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson's birth (August 15, 2015), Peterson's widow, Kelly Peterson, produced a tribute album for the ages: Oscar, with Love, a marvelous three-disc set comprising ten never-before-recorded Peterson compositions, nineteen of his better-known works and seven compositions written especially for him, performed by sixteen contemporary piano ...

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Justin Kauflin: Dedication

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Al debutto autoprodotto di quattro anni fa (Introducing Justin Kauflin) il pianista di Silver Spring fa seguire un nuovo album con poche variazioni stilistiche e d'organico. Ritroviamo il fresco ed elegante modern mainstream eseguito in piano trio e in quartetto con chitarra. Fanno il loro ingresso nuovi partner accanto ai consueti Billy Williams alla batteria ed ...

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Varèse Sarabande Releases "Keep On Keepin'" On Soundtrack

Varèse Sarabande Releases "Keep On Keepin'" On Soundtrack

Co-Produced by Quincy Jones, The Album Features Performances By Clark Terry (With Duke Ellington, The Count Basie Orchestra, Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars) and Justin Kauflin With Original Score by Justin Kauflin and Dave Grusin Varèse Sarabande will release the Keep On Keepin’ On—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, digitally and on CD February 24, 2015. The film features performances ...