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Satoko Fujii / Wadada Leo Smith / Natsuki Tamura / Ikue Mori: Aspiration

Read "Aspiration" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The soul of Gato Libre, and the glue that holds numerous global jazz orchestras together, are in the musical and personal partnership that has mastered creative music in a variety of formations and settings. Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura are prolific and boundless and Aspiration is the latest of their more than sixty recordings together. Aspiration ...

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 ...

Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture

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Dialectical Imagination is a duo comprised of pianist Eli Wallace and percussionist Rob Pumpelly, both of whom are dedicated to finding an approach to free improvisation that draws from their other interests in chamber music and composition. The six tracks included on this intriguingly-titled release do offer some provocative possibilities in that direction, providing idiosyncratic and ...


Paolo Angeli al Centro Pecci di Prato

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Paolo Angeli
Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci
La fine della fine del mondo

Non è frequentissimo poter ascoltare in concerto Paolo Angeli e la sua magica chitarra sarda preparata: il musicista sardo, come spesso accade a chi fa musica originale e creativa nel nostro paese, ha ...


Experimental Guitarist Rex Shepherd Releases Three Albums Digitally

Experimental Guitarist Rex Shepherd Releases Three Albums Digitally

Guitarist Rex Shepherd has released three albums digitally: Ohio, Sonority and Duets. Combining elements of jazz improvisation and harmony with an approach to guitar playing heavily influenced by diverse players such as Jim Hall, Robin Trower, Fred Frith, and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, Rex Shepherd has forged a niche for himself with original music that typically ...


Joëlle Léandre alla chiesa Saint-Eustache di Parigi

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Joëlle Léandre
Chiesa di Saint-Eustache
Joëlle Léandre sur les routes. 40 ans de tribulations

1976-2016. Joëlle Léandre fissa due coordinate storiche per celebrare la sua prima permanenza negli Stati Uniti (Buffalo), i successivi quarant'anni sulle strade del jazz, e il suo punto d'arrivo ideale, a casa, finalmente ...


Joëlle Léandre: A Woman's Work...

Read "A Woman's Work..." reviewed by Mark Corroto

How do you sum up the career of an improvising artist like Joëlle Léandre? Do you reissue a package of recordings from her 40 years of performance? That is probably not possible, given the multiple labels and the location and ownership of the masters. Besides, free improvisation, almost by definition, dissipates (or probably should dissipate) upon ...


Giovanni Venosta & Sonata Island: Nippon Eldorado Kabarett

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Curioso album di un gruppo, Sonata Island di Giovanni Venosta, dedito a progetti eclettici (ha al suo attivo lavori sulla musica di Stockhausen, Mahler, Fred Frith...) e stavolta alle prese con la dissacrante musica rock messa a punto in Giappone negli anni Ottanta e Novanta da gruppi come Wha Ha Ha e After Dinner e da ...


Rova Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension

Read "Electric Ascension" reviewed by John Sharpe

John Coltrane's Ascension (Impulse, 1965) stands as a seminal moment in the development of modern jazz, presenting structured large group improvisation which renounced both the form and content of almost all previous models. It was never performed live, and this was one of the facts which initially captured the attention of the now venerable ROVA Saxophone ...

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di .... Paolo Angeli

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di .... Paolo Angeli" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Chili Vanilla -Chili Vanilla (Dayladore Collective -2012).
Freschezza dalla Norvegia: essenzialmente un trio che fa canzoni storte con un organico composto da tuba, batteria e voce. Mi colpisce l'essenzialità delle composizioni e la trasversalità.

02. United Vibrations -The Myth of the Golden Ratio (Ubiquiti Record -2016).
Un capolavoro che sembra ...