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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

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2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Antonio Sanchez: Three Times Three & The Meridian Suite

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Antonio Sanchez
Three Times Three #
CamJazz
2015

Tra vari modi di intendere un trio jazz, Antonio Sanchez ne ha scelti tre. Per il suo eccellente doppio album Three Time Three, il batterista messicano ha radunato attorno a sè sei importanti musicisti; con loro ha dato vita a tre trii: ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Pat Metheny Group: Travels

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Pat Metheny Group
Travels
ECM Records
1983

There are some records that cannot help but become etched in the memory as a reminder of times past... a happy circumstance, perhaps, or (though hopefully not) something less positive in one's life. Today's Rediscovery is an album that, no matter the time of year, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Tarun Balani: Sacred World

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Jazz fans of a certain age were most likely introduced to the world of Indian music via the recordings of John McLaughlin who, with the group Shakti, introduced American listeners to the dazzling virtuosity of musicians such as violinist L. Shankar, and percussionist Zakir Hussain. Shakti's music extended the compositional style that characterized his previous group, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 28-July 2, 2013

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
June 28-July 7, 2013
After taking a year off to curate an All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway at Norway's 2012 Kongsberg Jazz Festival, it was great to return to the city that hosts what must surely be the largest jazz festival in the world. Where else ...

Pat Metheny: Tap - John Zorn's Book of Angels | Vol. 20

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It's difficult to know what is most surprising about Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels | Vol. 20. It's the first collaboration between guitarist Pat Metheny and saxophonist/composer/Tzadik label head John Zorn, two musicians who, at least on the surface, couldn't be more different. Of course, those who look beyond Metheny's more listener-friendly Pat Metheny Group ...

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Steven Wilson at Club Soda

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Steven Wilson
Club Soda
Montreal, Canada
April 25, 2013

When currently ex-Porcupine Tree founder/front man last played Montreal in November, 2011--touring in support of his second solo recording, Grace for Drowning (Kscope, 2011)--it was clear by the end of the performance that the next time he came to the Canadian city, the ...

Antonio Sanchez: New Life

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On the back of drummer Antonio Sanchez's New Life, there's a quote from guitarist Pat Metheny, who says, “This record feels like a leap forward for Antonio." He should know; Sanchez has been the guitarist's drummer of choice for literally every project requiring one since he recruited him for Pat Metheny Group and Speaking of Now ...

Acuna - Hoff - Mathisen: Barxeta

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With Jungle City (Alessa, 2009), Norwegians Jan Gunnar Hoff (keyboards) and Per Mathisen (bass) documented their meeting with Peruvian-born Alex Acuña, a Weather Report alum who leapt onto the international stage, first as percussionist and then kit drummer, on the fusion super group's Black Market (Columbia, 1976) and Heavy Weather (Columbia, 1977). That, after a first ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marbin: Last Chapter of Dreaming

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Marbin--Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch and Israeli-American guitarist Dani Rabin--began as a duo in 2007, but now regularly plays with percussionist Justyn Lawrence and bassist Jae Gentile.

Last Chapter of Dreaming is the group's fourth album if its first is considered to be Paul Wertico's Impressions of a City (Chicago Sessions, 2009), where the duo was ...