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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ustad Saami: God Is Not A Terrorist

Read "God Is Not A Terrorist" reviewed by Chris May

God Is Not A Terrorist is by no stretch of the imagination a jazz album, but it contains deep and authentic music and will appeal to some AAJers. Ustad Saami is a master of the Pakistani vocal style known as surti, which is characterized by its use of microtones. Microtones are widely used in music throughout ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Genius Loci - Un festival tra le meraviglie di Santa Croce a Firenze

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Genius Loci
Firenze
Complesso Monumentale di Santa Croce
20-22.9.2018

Per il secondo anno il Comune di Firenze e l'Opera di Santa Croce, con la collaborazione dell'emittente fiorentina Controradio, hanno riproposto Genius Loci, festival multiforme volto alla valorizzazione dello splendido Complesso Monumentale di Santa Croce. Posto sul fianco destro della basilica, tomba ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hermeto Pascoal: No Mundo Dos Sons

Read "No Mundo Dos Sons" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

The packaging for the two-CD set from Brazil's Hermeto Pascoal, an 81-year-old multi-instrumentalist, shines of its own accord. Its trifold paper cover, unfolds like a lotus to reveal two CDs and a sleeve containing a large fold-out glossy paper. The insert unfolds to read “Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo," along with the title No Mundo Dos Sons. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Thollem McDonas: Meeting At The Parting Place

Read "Meeting At The Parting Place" reviewed by Francesca Odilia Bellino

Il pubblico di intenditori italiani conoscerà già il pianista, improvvisatore e attivista Thollem McDonas per essere rispettivamente pianista e cantante di una delle band anarco-jazz-punk combo italiane più interessanti e pazze degli ultimi anni: Tsigoti (quattro dischi bomba per ESP). Ma Thollem McDonas è anche qualcosa d'altro, soprattutto nell'avanguardia americana (San Francisco) e non solo date ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2017

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 18-21, 2017

In Canada, the Monday closest to May 24, the birthday of Queen Victoria, is a public holiday (in Quebec it has two names: Journée des Patriotes or Fête du Dollard--it's complicated), and the Victoria Day long weekend is the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Yarn/Wire Ensemble: Currents 0

Read "Currents 0" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

From their roots at Stony Brook University in 2005, the dual percussion/dual piano quartet Yarn/Wire has taken an uncommon approach to experimental music. In the case of Currents 0 the jazz roots are strong even as the interpretations are wide open. A continuing sequence of projects under the umbrella of 'Currents' has generated more than one dozen ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kronos Festival 2017

Read "Kronos Festival 2017" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Kronos Quartet
SFJAZZ
Kronos Festival 2017
San Francisco, CA
February 4-6, 2017

“I'd started playing string quartets when I was 12, and one day when I was 14, I was gazing at a map of the world and suddenly realized that all the quartet music I'd ever heard--Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stefano Scodanibbio: Incontri & Reuniones

Read "Incontri & Reuniones" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Di Stefano Scodanibbio, contrabbassista marchigiano (Macerata, 1956) scomparso anzitempo all'inizio del 2012 in quel di Cuernavaca (come trentatré anni prima quasi esatti un certo Mingus, già), questo album di oltre un'ora e un quarto di durata raccoglie diciassette pezzi incisi dal vivo nelle località più disparate e con i partner più disparati fra il 1996 e ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Julie Tippetts: Didn't You Used To Be Julie Driscoll?

Read "Julie Tippetts: Didn't You Used To Be Julie Driscoll?" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The respect in which Julie Tippetts is held by her fellow musicians and fans is truly heartening--and truly deserved. Back in the late sixties, then Julie Driscoll, she gave up a very different career trajectory in music, one that had begun with Steampacket and continued with Brian Auger & The Trinity, to follow a journey characterised ...