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ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Reed: Flesh & Bone

Read "Flesh & Bone" reviewed by Troy Collins

Years in the making, Flesh & Bone was inspired by a racist incident Chicago-based drummer Mike Reed experienced in 2009. While on a European tour, Reed and his band, People, Places & Things, were caught in a neo-Nazi rally in the Czech Republic. Reed's ensemble--half black, half white--had been deliberately deceived into boarding a train bound ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Jazz Masters Barry Harris And Rufus Reid Featured At 2017 Straight Ahead Jazz Camp

Jazz Masters Barry Harris And Rufus Reid Featured At 2017 Straight Ahead Jazz Camp

From July 17-21 2017 The Jazz Institute of Chicago in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago will offer five days of interactive explorations of jazz via lectures, demonstrations, hands-on clinics and jam sessions during its 9th annual Straight Ahead Jazz Camp. Designed for adults age 18 and up and open to the general public, the camp provides ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

A dialogo con Andrea Massaria

Read "A dialogo con Andrea Massaria" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nel 2009 intervistammo il chitarrista triestino Andrea Massaria, allora autore di alcuni dischi in trio e in quartetto, di genere abbastanza convenzionale ma di ottima fattura, che stava avvicinandosi a un universo per lui nuovo, fatto di sperimentazione e improvvisazione radicale, testimoniati dal CD con il Chladni Experiment Trio, 5053, e dalla partecipazione a una conduction ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Il Meglio del 2016 Secondo Ludovico Granvassu

Read "Il Meglio del 2016 Secondo Ludovico Granvassu" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Che anno! La musica di alta qualità continua ad arrivare inarrestabile. La preparazione di questa lista è stata quasi dolorosa per la scelta crudele di limitare il numero dei CD a 12 e quello dei concerti a 10. Ma tant'è. Questi saranno CD e concerti che rimarranno per me indelebilmente legati al 2016, con una menzione ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Ulery's Loom/Large: Festival

Read "Festival" reviewed by Vic Albani

Normalmente (e specialmente in Italia) quando un Ente culturale pubblico commissiona un lavoro ad un musicista il risultato è quasi sempre--per dirla con Totò -una vera ciofeca. A Chicago per fortuna, non è così e quindi Festival, nuovo lavoro del prolifico contrabbassista e tubista Matt Ulery già titolare di ben sei lavori discografici alle spalle, è ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

Read "Cinema Spiral" reviewed by Troy Collins

The widely acclaimed collaborative nature of the contemporary Chicago jazz scene is expertly demonstrated on Cinema Spiral, the sophomore effort by double bassist Jason Roebke's all-star Octet, which continues the creative in-roads made on the unit's celebrated 2014 Delmark Records debut, High/Red/Center.

Starring eight of the Windy City's most intrepid improvisers, the ensemble features ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
September 24-25, 2016

Regard the Hyde Park Jazz Festival as you would your favorite restaurant, where it just so happens that you are best friends with the chef. You have an embarrassment of riches because everything on the menu, which is fresh and delicious, organic, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

Read "Cinema Spiral" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If entropy is a scientific theory that describes how all things in nature tend towards a gradual decline and disorder, then Jason Roebke's Octet is the anti-entropy. His second octet release Cinema Spiral and the previous High/Red/Center (Delmark, 2014) make order out of the impression of chaos.

Such is the enticement of jazz.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Greg Ward & 10 Tongues: Touch My Beloved's Thought

Read "Touch My Beloved's Thought" reviewed by Vic Albani

Tanti ma tanti anni fa, di passaggio da quelle parti per un giro chicagoano, mi domandai cosa cavolo potesse lasciare ai posteri un posto come Peoria (capitale dell'omonima contea) a parte un celebre discorso di Abramo Lincoln del 1864 sulla schiavitù e i diritti del popolo nero, l'aver dato i natali a un paio di discreti ...


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