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A Six-String Travelogue

Read "A Six-String Travelogue" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Leni Stern
3
Leni Stern Recordings
2018

If it's an exaggeration to say that Leni Stern's gone native after her life-shaping time in Senegal, it's probably not by much. 3 isn't the result of merely studying and and learning a few new forms, but an unrestrained immersion in the life and ...

Ola Kvernberg: Steamdome

Read "Steamdome" reviewed by Chris May

Steamdome is one of those albums that defies categorisation. It is part future-jazz, part avant-rock, part deep-house, part electronica, part contemporary-classical. It is the follow-up to Norwegian violinist and film composer Ola Kvernberg's whirlwind The Mechanical Fair (Olsen, 2016). That album was memorably pitched as heralding a “mutton western" genre, and the description also fits Steamdome, ...

Il Sogno: Birthday

Read "Birthday" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I know what you're thinking, the world doesn't need another piano trio. But I say, make way for the next wave. In order for jazz to perpetuate the species it must be continually reborn. New blood and more importantly, new approaches are crucial, lest we all get relegated to Lincoln Center.

Exhibit one, Birthday ...

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Calexico all'Alcatraz di Milano

Read "Calexico all'Alcatraz di Milano" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Calexico
Alcatraz
Milano
14.3.2018

Da un lato e l'altro del confine, per commuoversi ma soprattutto per fare festa. Poco importa che dal vivo non cambino mai troppo gli ingredienti fondamentali di una band che, insieme a un suono fieramente meticcio e di frontiera, negli anni ha ampliato, reinterpretato e attualizzato ...

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Nate Birkey: Rome

Read "Rome" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

With this listenable and relaxed album, trumpeter Nate Birkey joins with four excellent musicians he hooked up with while playing in Italy to deliver a set of mostly ballads in his signature style with introspective improvising, empathic warmth, and minimal vibrato. His playing here is reminiscent of Bix Beiderbecke, one of Chet Baker's formative influences. The ...

Club d'Elf: Live at Club Helsinki

Read "Live at Club Helsinki" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Club d'Elf and their sprawling live records present a unique challenge to folks who write about them. This double Live at Club Helsinki set reveals every modern style and multiple Moroccan rhythms (except for opera and bluegrass--maybe). But often we want so much to relate or explain these sounds, and there's so much going on in ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

Read "Jazz in Its Present Tents" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries.

Bossacucanova
The Best of Bossacucanova
Six Degrees Records
2016

Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

Jentsch Group Quartet: Fractured Pop

Read "Fractured Pop" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Chris Jentsch is a guitarist who, from the evidence of this recording, enjoys splashing around in the wide pool of music between jazz and rock. His work here goes all the way from grooving hardcore jazz to ambient nature sounds with a lot of fun things going on in between those two poles.

The ...

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Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin - Concerto e Masterclass a Roma

Read "Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin - Concerto e Masterclass a Roma" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin
Forum Music Village
Live Session e Masterclass
Roma
26-27.03.2017

Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin, forti di una collaborazione che dura da oltre 40 anni, sono due dei musicisti più direttamente legati alla musica fusion, genere che ha imperversato per almeno due decenni a partire ...

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Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet

Read "Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Fino al suo debutto da leader per l'ECM con Northbound, più di un decennio fa, il nome della pianista e arpista finlandese era praticamente sconosciuto, anche tra il pubblico del suo Paese. Eppure ebbe un ruolo significativo all'ombra del marito Edward Vesala, suonando nei suoi gruppi per tutti gli anni ottanta e componendo splendidi temi per ...