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Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

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Joachim Kuhn: Love & Peace

Read "Love & Peace" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The German ACT label achieved global recognition when they issued the Esbjorn Svensson Trio album Viaticum (2005) and they warrant broader discovery by U.S. jazz fans. Though their country's best known label casts a global shadow over its competition, the ACT catalog has included Richie Beirach, Lars Danielsson, Vijay Iyer, Manu Katche, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bugge Wesseltoft, ...

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Bardoscia - Alborada - Marcotulli: Trigono

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Elegante lavoro tra il jazz e la classica, Trigono rimanda nel titolo alla atipica formazione, che potremmo definire un “trio plurale," visto che i protagonisti sono Marco Bardoscia, Rita Marcotulli e, come terzo vertice, il quartetto d'archi Alborada.

Il programma proposto è accattivante, con musiche per lo più originali sempre di immediato appeal, grazie ...

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John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming

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Up and Coming is the second release by this version of the John Abercrombie Quartet, following 39 Steps (ECM, 2013). It further cements the longtime relationship between Abercrombie and pianist Marc Copland, which extends back to when both were playing in Chico Hamilton's band in the early '70s (Copland was still playing alto saxophone then, before ...

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John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming

Read "Up and Coming" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Guitarist John Abercrombie has long been a stalwart artist for Manfred Eicher's ECM Records, steadily releasing albums as a leader since 1975's fusion masterpiece Timeless (ECM). A true guitar virtuoso, Abercrombie's adaptability and dexterous command over his instrument have secured his exalted rank within the jazz realm and beyond. Now, over 40 years after his debut, ...

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Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert

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Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert
Aneta Norek-Skrycka
172 Pages
ISBN: 978-83-938054-2-6
The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation
2016

A number of European jazz musicians stand out for having shaped the sound of the music in the past fifty years, for their virtuosity and for having ...

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Michel Portal: Radar

Read "Radar" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

In occasione della pubblicazione del suo centesimo numero, la rivista Jazz Thing ha lanciato una serie di articoli intitolata “European Jazz Legends," in seguito integrata da una serie di album registrati dal vivo nel teatro della cittadina tedesca di Gütersloh.

Il settimo CD della collana ha come protagonista il polistrumentista francese Michel Portal, ...

Take Five With Roberta Piket

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About Roberta Piket
Born in Queens, New York, Roberta inherited a passion for music from both her parents. Her father was the Austrian composer Frederick Piket, who made significant contributions to both the musical liturgy of Reform Judaism and the concert hall with works performed by the New York Philharmonic under conductor Dimitri Metropolis. From ...

Roberta Piket: One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland

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A young, unrecorded artist is asked to share her talents, sitting in a chair that had been warmed by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie to name just a few of the legends who graced Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz series. It says a great deal about ...

Yves Theiler Trio: Dance In A Triangle

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Although a piano trio has a leader, the better ones behave as an equilateral triangle. That is, they “go Dutch." In the case of the Yves Theiler Trio, we could say the music on Dance In A Triangle “goes Swiss."

The pianist, Yves Theiler, composed all the music here, but it is improbable that ...