Content by tag "Jan Bang"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michele Rabbia/Gianluca Petrella/Eivind Aarset: Lost River

Read "Lost River" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The ECM catalog includes a broad range of musical genres: the only things they have in common are a forward outlook and excellent musicianship. But there are some that are truly beyond category, and this largely improvised album is one of them. Italian percussionist Michele Rabbia, Italian trombonist Gianluca Petrella and Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset came ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Berlin 2019

Read "Jazzdor Berlin 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Kulturbrauerei, Kesselhaus
Jazzdor Berlin
Berlin
June 4-7, 2019

Jazzdor Berlin is one of the few truly, consistently and enduring European minded and spirited jazz festival events around—an initiative taken by Phillip Ochem, the artistic leader of the Strasbourg festival Jazzdor, more than a decade ago.

Long breath Unlike other ...

ARTICLE: JUST FOR FUN

ECM Records Announces Change in Name, Direction

Read "ECM Records Announces Change in Name, Direction" reviewed by Geno Thackara

European label turns its eye toward the future as EDM.

ECM Records will mark its golden anniversary with a defining change in direction, according to an announcement released today. After operating as Edition of Contemporary Music since its small-scale beginning in 1969, the eclectic European label has confirmed plans to adopt the new title ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Arve Henriksen: The Height of the Reeds

Read "The Height of the Reeds" reviewed by John Eyles

For the year 2017, Hull, a northern port on the east coast of England, was selected as the UK City of Culture. This led to the city commissioning or organising a series of artistic and cultural events throughout the year. One such event was the commissioned work “The Height of the Reeds" which celebrated the long ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cristina Zavalloni: Special Moon

Read "Special Moon" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

La coerenza tematica (qui la luna, con tutta evidenza) non sempre è una garanzia verso altre coerenze. Quella stilistica, per esempio, al di là dell'eterogeneità del materiale riunito in questo album (Bellini e “Tintarella di luna" sono--e rimangono--piuttosto lontani, per fare un solo esempio). Il primo trittico di brani, in effetti, rappresenta già un bel caleidoscopio ...

15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Double your Norwegian jazz pleasure: listen to our companion Norwegian jazz mixtape while reading this article.

Far too many people talk about the Norwegian scene as being “interesting because it's so exotic." Those who think so, have in mind its “Nordic Tone," that distinctive mood which evokes snow, mountains and icy fjords. This kind ...

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PunktFestival 2017

Read "PunktFestival 2017" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norvegia
Varie sedi
31.8-2.9.2017

Come sempre Punkt è un festival fuori dall'ordinario e all'insegna dell'imprevisto e dell'imprevedibile. Una sorta di Industria 4.0 della musica: fuori dal “circolo" dei tour estivi, tipico dei festival jazz, e poco interessato a fotografare il passato e il presente, è invece molto attento ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tigran Hamasyan, Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang: Atmosphères

Read "Atmosphères" reviewed by Rosarita Crisafi

Un suggestivo doppio album per l'etichetta ECM mostra il volto misterioso e affascinante di un quartetto di fuoriclasse. In primis l'enfant prodige Tigran Hamasyan, giovane pianista americano di origine armena di eccezionale talento capace di scavalcare con agilità le barriere del jazz. Assieme a Hamasyan alcune vecchie conoscenze dell'etichetta discografica tedesca, il musicista e produttore discografico ...

Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House

Read "Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House" reviewed by John Kelman

At a 2009 ECM @ 40 celebration in Mannheim, Germany that was part of the ongoing Enjoy Jazz Festival, Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava spoke, in a public interview, about how free jazz, back in the day, wasn't really free. There were rules: no time and/or no changes, for example; with memorable melodies not impossible, but not ...