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ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music

Read "A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we explore the cross pollination between jazz and popular music genres, like pop, rock, soul, funk and ska.

Archie Shepp playing with Whitney Houston? The jazz beginnings of Björk, Serge Gainsbourg, Sacha Distel? Ornette Coleman's and Sonny Rollins' adventures in rock-land? Lester Bowie playing ska? How Miles Davis' “So What" inspired Pee ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

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If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

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A forgotten gem from the extensive and multi-colored discography of Don Cherry is available again, courtesy of the French label WEWANTSOUNDS [yes, their name is uppercase only!].

Home Boy, Sister Out, produced by Ramuntcho Matta, was originally released in 1985 on Barclay Records. It was distributed in France and Germany only and was never ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Camille Bertault: Unity in Diversity

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On her striking new album, Pas de géant ["Giant Steps" in French -Ed.], Camille Bertault confirms all the qualities that her debut release, En Vie, had showcased three years ago. For her sophomore release, the French singer doubles down with an eclectic repertoire, a stellar line-up and the production and arrangements written by Michael Leonhart with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Camille Bertault: Pas de Géant

Read "Pas de Géant" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo aver dimostrato col debutto di En Vie (Sunnyside 2016) d'essere una splendida jazz singer, e non solo, l'acrobatica vocalist Camille Bertault libera la sua eclettica personalità, dando sfogo alle molte passioni e influenze formative. Il titolo del suo secondo album allude ovviamente al celebre tema di John Coltrane (qui rinominato «Là où tu vas»), «Giant ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

L'Orchestrina Vertical al Posto Castello di Illasi

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Orchestrina Vertical
Il Posto Castello
Illasi, Verona
1.7.2017

L'amarezza per la fine del collettivo El Gallo Rojo ha avuto, negli stessi giorni d'inizio estate, una dolce consolazione con il concerto di una delle sue prime e più intriganti formazioni, l'Orchestra Vertical del chitarrista e bassista Enrico Terragnoli. Il 1° luglio, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pierre de Surgères: Krysis

Read "Krysis" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Belgian pianist Pierre de Surgères is an autodidact musician who pursued a musical career only after he studied journalism and philosophy. So far, that career has been quite erratic, he attended master classes with diverse mentors such as Toots Thielemans and Anthony Braxton, launched a project dedicated to the provocative songs of Serge Gainsbourg, worked in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Todd Bishop Group: Little Played Little Bird

Read "Little Played Little Bird" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fans of alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman have had to sit through a long wait since the free jazz pioneer's last recording, Sound Grammar (Sound Grammar Records, 2006), a marvelous set that garnered the artist a Pulitzer Prize. Those fans are still waiting, though the iconic jazz man has teased them with his bits and pieces (non-album ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Monty Alexander

Read "Monty Alexander" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Monty Alexander has some great things to celebrate in 2012. For one, he's entered his fiftieth year as a professional musician--a remarkable career where he's made an indelible mark in the world of jazz and in the music of his native Jamaica. For another, he had two hugely successful records in the past year that ranked ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gabrielle Ducomble: J'ai Deux Amours

Read "J'ai Deux Amours" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Belgian singer Gabrielle Ducomble began her recording career in 2003, after reaching the finale of French television's Pop Idol. After hearing Dee Dee Bridgewater Ducomble started to move towards jazz, relocated to London and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. So, while J'ai Deux Amours is not her first recording, it is her ...