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Back to Brazil: Part One

Read "Back to Brazil: Part One" reviewed by Mark Holston

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The recent passing of Brazilian music icon João Gilberto at the age of 88 invites us to reflect on the music revolution he was influential in sparking over six decades ago. The singer and guitarist, partnering with composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, announced the arrival of a ...

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Maria Mendes: Close To Me

Read "Close To Me" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A great affection for fado music and its poetic lyrics, an appreciation for how a jazz palette can color the form, and a love of orchestral seasonings all influence this expansive outing from Maria Mendes. It's an effort that's far from the norm and right where the Portuguese vocalist lives and loves to be.

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Bologna Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bologna Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bologna, Modena, Ferrara, Forlì Varie sedi, 25.10-26.11.20019 Il Bologna Jazz Festival 2019 ha confermato, ampliandole, le linee guida delle due passate edizioni, proponendo per un mese intero concerti esclusivamente serali, anche in contemporanea. Per quanto riguarda l'offerta musicale non si sono riscontrate univoche scelte stilistiche, ma soprattutto si è teso ad estendere ...

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

Read "EFG London Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Luke Seabright

A truly great event that advocates for an art form like jazz will celebrate both its history and its younger incarnations. It can breathe life into the music's traditions while exposing new ways forward. The EFG London Jazz Festival, through its vast programme of concerts in venues across the city, succeeds in doing just that. This ...

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Sean Khan: Distant Voice

Read "Distant Voice" reviewed by Chris May

Sean Khan is among the most interesting of British jazz musicians, a prime exponent of jazz as rebel music with a unique voice. And yet, twenty years after he debuted with his band SK Radicals, Khan remains one of the scene's least celebrated players. Khan accurately describes himself as a “career outsider." Like another outsider, fellow ...

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A Quarry Concert in Italy

Read "A Quarry Concert in Italy" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Rossano Emili / Fat Fingers Saxophone Quartet Hermetica at Marble Quarry Vagli, Italy August 3, 2019 Summer in Tuscany is full of concerts in interesting, sometimes unique places. In fact, a variety of acoustic musics like jazz, chamber and folk have proven an invaluable tool to revitalize historical ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Hermeto Pascoal

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hermeto Pascoal

All About Jazz is celebrating Hermeto Pascoal's birthday today! Hermeto Pascoal is a prolific musician and composer who transcends category. Hermeto often uses unconventional instruments such as teapots, children\'s toys, found objects, and—sometimes, without harming them—live animals. He uses nature as a basis for his compositions, as in his Música da Lagoa, where the musicians burble ...

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Tommy Halferty & Norma Winstone: Tommy Halferty Invites Norma Winstone

Read "Tommy Halferty Invites Norma Winstone" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though the collaboration between Irish guitarist Tommy Halferty and English singer Norma Winstone goes back twenty five years, this, surprisingly, is the duo's debut recording. That it came about at all is thanks to the lever pulling of Irish jazz impresario Allen Smith, who first brought Winstone across the pond in the early 1990s. Winstone and ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 3-5, 2019 The May Bank Holiday weekend is always a festive occasion in Bray, but this year was of particular note as the Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Founded by Dorothy and George Jacob in response to a ...

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Henrique Eisenmann: The Free Poetics of Henrique Eisenmann

Read "The Free Poetics of Henrique Eisenmann" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Henrique Eisenmann è un musicista brasiliano destinato a realizzare grandi cose, se sarà sostenuto dalla volatile vena creativa messa in campo in questo magnifico disco. Il trait d'union di questo progetto è la costruzione di una musica basata su strati poliritmici grazie all'apporto di musicisti straordinari, che padroneggiano la musica di ricerca sia brasiliana che d'impronta ...


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