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ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

PunktFestival 2017

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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 ...

Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House

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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 ...

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Punkt Festival 2016

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Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
September, 3-5, 2016

Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Southern Norway, is a small, informal festival of internationally high artistic reputation and esteem. It takes place during the first week of September. Founded in 2005 its 12th edition as usual presented a wide range of musical performances and ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2016

In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all:

swing
blues
soul
improvisation
latin
gospel
R 'n' B
crossroads
silence
groove
world ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Nils Petter Molvaer: Khmer

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Nils Petter Molvær
Khmer
ECM Records
1997

At a time when, with the sheer volume of music vying for attention it's almost an impossibility to release a recording that actually shakes the foundation of what music is and what it can be, there was a time, in 1997-98--and in, perhaps, the most ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hamid Drake Carte Blanche at Bimhuis Amsterdam: PUNKT+ICP

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Hamid Drake, Punkt + ICP
Bimhuis
Carte Blanche
Amsterdam
January 23, 2016

World-renowned Amsterdam Bimhuis invited illustrious Chicagoan drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake for a carte blanche night on January 23rd. This article covers the event and adds some background notes. Hamid Drake frequently performs at this venue. To date he played ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt Festival 2015

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Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
September, 3-5, 2015

Kristiansand, home of the Annual Punkt Festival for the past decade, is a municipality situated on the southernmost point of Norway on the Skagerrak strait. It has a population of 86,000 (the greater urban area 155,000) and is the county capital of Vest-Agder.

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50° Jazzaldia

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"Oltre 124.000 spettatori e più di cento spettacoli in programma a fronte di un eccellente livello artistico," sottolinea il comunicato stampa di chiusura di questa cinquantesima edizione di Jazzaldia -Heineken Jazz Festival.

Come dargli torto. Uno dei grandi festival europei mantiene caratteristiche da festival “municipale," sempre attento al grande pubblico ma al tempo ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2014

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2014 was another challenging year, with a personal health matter that began in early summer (thankfully finally diagnosed, non-life threatening and now being treated, though still waiting for signs of improvement) slowing down both travel and the usual breakneck writing in a significant way. Since the rule of this list is that any titles on it ...