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Baku Jazz Festival 2018

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Baku Jazz Festival
Baku, Azerbaijan
October 25-28, 2018

Stormy winds that you had to lean into to walk along the pavements had ripped the giant poster of the Baku Jazz Festival clean off the exterior wall of the Rotunda Jazz Club. Not for nothing is Baku nicknamed The City of ...

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Northern Expo 2018

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Northern Expo
Various Venues
Svalbard, Norway
October 4-6, 2018

There are music showcases and there is Northern Expo. The idea, if not the logistical operation behind it, was simple enough. Invite a few dozen international music industry movers and shakers to Svalbard, an archipelago half way between Norway and the North ...

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John Scofield: Combo 66

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It doesn't seem like thirty one years since this reviewer was first blown away by John Scofield's Blue Matter band in an old, reimagined church in Colchester, England. Three decades and thirty-four more CDs as leader later, Scofield continues to seduce with his virtuosity, his eclecticism and, no matter the setting, that inimitable sound. Combo 66 ...

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European Jazz Conference 2018

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European Jazz Conference 2018
Centro Cultural de Belém
jny: Lisbon, Portugal
September 13-15, 2018

It was on the very edge of South-Western Europe, in Lisbon, that the European Jazz Conference celebrated its fifth annual gathering. The three hundred plus delegates from thirty five countries who convened in the Centro Cultural ...

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12 Points 2018

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12 Points 2018
The Sugar Club
Dublin, Ireland
September 5-8, 2018

Returning to its spiritual home of Dublin after back-to-back editions in San Sebastian and Aarhus, 12 Points 2018 marks one of the highpoints of the Irish musical year. Its appeal lies not just in the fact that it brings ...

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David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton at Keady Clachan

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David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton
Keady Clachan
Keady Mountain, Limavady
N. Ireland
September 1, 2018

The old, stone and timber-beam cottage is nestled halfway up Keady Mountain. It's typical of numerous farm outhouses throughout Ireland. On the outside at any rate. Inside, however, it has been converted by ...

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Umbra: West

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American road trips have long inspired writers, from Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck and Tom Wolfe, to Hunter S. Thompson, Robert M. Pirsig and Bill Bryson. Fewer are the extended works, similarly inspired, written by musicians. Some things, it seems, may be easier put into words. Umbra's West is inspired by founding member Chris Guilfoyle's 2017 road ...

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Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony

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Free-jazz, which marked the first revolution in jazz since bebop, and, some might say, the most significant revolution in the entire history of the music, was controversial and divisive. Still today, over half a century later, free-jazz is sometimes dismissed out of hand as just so much noise, or worse, finds itself simply airbrushed from the ...

David Lyttle: Leading Jazz Into The Hinterlands

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There was a time when jazz groups would zig-zag all over the country, by train, in customized buses or in cars, playing date after date in towns big and small. Tours that kept a band on the road for months at a time were once the norm for many jazz outfits--the bread and butter of countless ...

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Wayne Shorter: Emanon

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Just the fifth release from Wayne Shorter's celebrated acoustic quartet in its near two-decade career, the triple-CD plus graphic novel that is Emanon marks something of a creative high point in its journey. The first CD, a four-part suite for quartet and the thirty-four-piece Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, is Shorter's first studio recording since Alegria (Verve, 2003), ...