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ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

Marc Ribot, Dos Santos and other great new (and not so new) releases

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This episode features new releases and fresh sounds, from postmodern big bands to protest songs to lyrical meditations that will melt your heart.

Happy listening!

Photo credit: Barbara Rigon

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Dos Santos “Sole Party" from Logos ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

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Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

The music of drummer/composer Paul Motian is revered in certain circles of jazz, while resting in obscurity among others. The performing credits of Motian run deep and are extensive, but as a author of highly original music, he lies in the under-documented category. This will not last much longer as, in the years since his passing, ...

Mural: Shishi's Wish

Read "Shishi's Wish" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Prende il nome dal suo disco d'esordio, questo trio nippo-tedesco-cileno nato a New York nel 2015. Giunto al secondo album, Mural conferma la prospettiva trasversale, spaziando da momenti di marcata concitazione elettrica --una sorta di fusion rivisitata evidente in «Giacomo!» e in «Geronimo» --ad altri acusticamente riflessivi, venati di atmosfere folk.

I tratti costanti ...

Cesar Cardoso: Interchange

Read "Interchange" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Every now and then, musicians whose names and reputations are relatively unknown may be appraised in some measure by the company they keep. On his third recording as leader, Portuguese-born tenor saxophonist Cesar Cardoso, a new name in this neighborhood, is in splendid company indeed, adding to his working quartet the talents of multi-Grammy Award nominee ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz Festival 2018

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Bray Jazz Festival
Various Venues
jny:Bray, Ireland
May 4-6, 2018

From the hilltop vantage point the Irish Sea lies veiled under a blanket of thick mist. Greystones, five miles to the right, birthplace of the great Christy Doran, peeks out, seemingly floating above the misty clouds like a Roger ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Prima Parte

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Vicenza Jazz
Varie sedi
10--20.05.2018

“The Birth of the Youth" era l'allusivo sottotitolo della ventitreesima edizione del festival vicentino, come sempre sotto la direzione di Riccardo Brazzale. Il tentativo, affrontato anche dalla grafica neo-psichedelica del manifesto e dai saggi di vari autori nel prezioso quaderno, era quello di celebrare il ...

Kairos Sextet: Transition

Read "Transition" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Maturato sotto l'ala protettiva di Dafnis Prieto alla Frost School of Music, quest'ensemble di suoi ex allievi emerge come gruppo autonomo mantenendo un legame stilistico col maestro nel fantasioso dinamismo ritmico che caratterizza tutti i brani. Prieto contribuisce al lavoro discografico come produttore esecutivo e con una sua composizione («Triangles and Circles»). Il debutto è indubbiamente ...

Nicolas Masson: Travelers

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Following two recordings for ECM Records as a member of the cooperative Third Reel (including the trio's self-titled 2013 debut), reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson strikes out on his own with Travelers, his first album as a leader for the label.

Third Reel's Swiss/Italian lineup of reeds, guitar (Roberto Pianca) and drums (Emanuele Maniscalco), along ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

State and Mainstream: The Jazz Ambassadors and the U.S. State Department

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The Cold War that began in 1947 and ran for forty-four years, had jazz music as its primary deterrent to global tensions, and it did more to foster good will between the U.S. and global citizens than any previous program launched by the U.S. Department of State. Jazz music, even in its Golden Age, was seldom ...