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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Molly Tigre: Molly Tigre

Read "Molly Tigre" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Personally, I can't resist a musical story that begins: “Molly Tigre set out from Brooklyn to answer one tough question: What if the 70s vibes of the cult Ethiopiques series collided with Saharan desert rock and West African blues, but with no guitar to lead the melodic way?" I'm not quite sure what some of that ...

Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)

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Hip Spanic All-Stars
Old-School Revolution
Self-Produced
2018

If you think that Old School Revolution sounds both familiar and new, you're right.

In the late 2000s, bassist and singer Happy Sanchez, saxophonist Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), percussionist Karl Perazzo (a longstanding member of Santana), ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

La prolificità di Giorgio Pacorig

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Per le ragioni che ci ha spiegato in una recente intervista (clicca qui per leggerla), il pianista e tastierista bisiacco Giorgio Pacorig è un musicista particolarmente prolifico. Presente in alcuni dei dischi più interessanti della recente produzione nazionale, Pacorig è uscito ultimamente con numerosi altri lavori, cinque dei quali prendiamo qui in considerazione.

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jay Danley: Ethio Jazz Volume One

Read "Ethio Jazz Volume One" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

Complex rhythms and relentless grooves are what set music from the so-called golden era of Ethiopian jazz apart, and it's that essential and even hypnotic energy that guitarist and composer Jay Danley captures in Ethio Jazz Volume One.

Arguably the most important--certainly the most recognizable--element of classic Ethiopian jazz is its bass-heavy groove patterns. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Louis Moholo-Moholo's Five Blokes: Uplift The People

Read "Uplift The People" reviewed by John Sharpe

At last an album which captures some of the intense excitement, wayward adventure and sheer joy of a group which has wowed audiences at festivals and clubs across Europe and North America. Uplift The People by South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo's prosaically-named Five Blokes was recorded live at London's Cafe Oto in April 2017 and represents ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

AddisAbabaBand: Alive

Read "Alive" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the best things about the digital age is that music is so easily shared. Music from different worlds is just a click away on platforms where independent artists and labels sell and stream their music. Naturally, this also means that it becomes easier to exchange one musical perspective with another. However, even in these ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Read "Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As we continue our exploration of jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, this week we focus on Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal & Zimbabwe.

Happy Listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from Mondo Jazz ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2017 secondo Neri Pollastri

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Selezionare una dozzina di dischi e di concerti per attribuire loro la palma di “migliori dell'anno" può essere un gioco divertente, così come una sciocchezza colossale; in ogni caso, lo si percepisca o meno, è una tremenda responsabilità, nei confronti tanto dei musicisti, quanto degli ascoltatori.

Al giorno d'oggi, com'è noto, è ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mulatu Astatke al JazzMi di Milano

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Mulatu Astatke
JazzMi
Alcatraz
Milano
5.11.2017

Primo africano a frequentare la Berklee e a suonare con Duke Ellington, la leggenda dell'etno-jazz etiope Mulatu Astatke era uno dei nomi più attesi del festival JazzMi. La rassegna che da oltre una settimana (e fino al 12 novembre) sta portando alcuni degli ...

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills.

In the 21st century there are countless ...