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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Westbrook: Live 1972

Read "Live 1972" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La meritoria etichetta inglese Hux Records recupera un live piuttosto raro del 1972 che vede protagonista una versione molto ridotta, in termini numerici, della famosa orchestra jazz del pianista Mike Westbrook. Il periodo è quello della transizione verso il rock-jazz di un arrangiatore molto apprezzato sia dall'establishment jazzistico dell'epoca, sia dal nuovo pubblico che stava sempre ...

Mike Westbrook & Company: A Bigger Show - Live

Read "A Bigger Show - Live" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Lo scorso marzo Mike Westbrook ha compiuto 80 anni, un traguardo festeggiato degnamente con un nuovo doppio album realizzato con la Uncommon Orchestra, ensemble di 21 elementi che include tre vocalist dell'eccezione: l'inseparabile moglie Kate, autrice anche dei testi dell'opera, e due vecchie conoscenze e collaboratori dei Westbrook, Billy Bottle e Martine Waltier.

Era ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Barton & Diego Villalta: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the second album by Australian vocalist Tom Barton, the first being Aspirations (2014) and is an entirely improvised affair. On Connections Barton shares the credits with fellow countryman Diego Villalta on guitar and was recorded at Studio Osaka Recording, Osaka, Japan, whilst the pair were on tour in early 2015.

Harmonium-like looped ...

John Russell: With...

Read "With..." reviewed by John Eyles

This album is a faithful record of John Russell's sixtieth birthday concert which took place at Cafe Oto, London, on Friday 19th December 2014. Everything is included here except for announcements, applause and less than half a minute of music which were all edited out to fit it onto one CD; at a few seconds short ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lotte Anker: What River Is This

Read "What River Is This" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

What River Is This, si chiede la sassofonista danese Lotte Anker, che abbiamo apprezzato in precedenza nel rodato trio con Craig Taborn e Gerald Cleaver (formato ormai più di dieci anni fa), ma anche in duo con Fred Frith e in trio con Ikue Mori e con Sylvie Courvoisier. “Che fiume è questo" ("Qué río es ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

A Celebration of Lindsay Cooper (1951-2013)

Read "A Celebration of Lindsay Cooper (1951-2013)" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Lindsay Cooper
Barbican
London Jazz Festival
November 21, 2014

I confess I'm less familiar with the work of the late composer and multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Cooper than I might be. On the basis of this gig, that's very much my loss. What brought me here was the fact that I did know ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

John Butcher: So Far

Read "John Butcher: So Far" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Saxophonist John Butcher's career could have taken an academic path. He completed a Ph.D in theoretical physics--Charmed Quarks to be precise--but left the academic world behind shortly thereafter.

As a saxophonist, Butcher has played with and collaborated with many musicians. He is not afraid to try completely off the wall musical experimentation.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nucleus with Leon Thomas: Live 1970

Read "Live 1970" reviewed by Roger Farbey



Almost forty five years after it was thankfully captured on tape, this first official release of the June 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival concert by British jazz rock pioneers Nucleus performing with American jazz vocalist Leon Thomas features a truly fascinating set of Thomas' repertoire and blindingly good performances all round.

This seemingly ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Save The Date - Novembre 2014

Read "Save The Date - Novembre 2014" reviewed by Luca Canini

È un novembre ricco quello che attende appassionati e girovaghi del jazz. Tra festival, eventi, strani incontri e rassegne, c'è di che cavarsi la voglia. Ma prima dei consigli qualche notizia. La più interessante arriva da Siena, città che pochi giorni fa ha ospitato la prima assemblea nazionale dell'associazione italiana musicisti di jazz (MIDJ). Alla quale ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lucas Niggli - Andreas Schaerer: Arcanum

Read "Arcanum" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Whether leading his Drum Quartet, seven-piece Zoom ensemble or supporting fabled improvisers, bassist Barry Guy and guitarist Fred Frith, Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli is not one to play it safe or dodge risk-taking processes. His mantra is firmly implanted in a musical world that is assuredly outside the box, after appearing on nearly two-dozen albums for ...