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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ralph Towner: un americano a Roma

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Ralph Towner rappresenta sicuramente una figura atipica nel vasto mondo della chitarra jazz. In primo luogo per gli strumenti usati: la chitarra classica, che negli anni '60 in ambito jazzistico era utilizzata solamente da musicisti legati alla musica brasiliana come Charlie Byrd, Laurindo Almeida e Bola Sete, e la chitarra 12-corde, che proveniva dal mondo folk ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Glass @ 80: Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso with Jeffrey Zeigler and Asher Delerme

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Philip Glass
National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY
March 12, 2017

On their own, National Sawdust and World Music Institute are two smartly run non-profit cultural organizations that produce wonderful programming for smart, loyal audiences. Together, the two can be dynamic co-conspirators in the effort to stage the kind of riveting, genre-bending artistic ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Experimental Guitarist Rex Shepherd Releases Three Albums Digitally

Experimental Guitarist Rex Shepherd Releases Three Albums Digitally

Guitarist Rex Shepherd has released three albums digitally: Ohio, Sonority and Duets. Combining elements of jazz improvisation and harmony with an approach to guitar playing heavily influenced by diverse players such as Jim Hall, Robin Trower, Fred Frith, and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, Rex Shepherd has forged a niche for himself with original music that typically ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016

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So many reviews this year, in so many genres, that I've split them into two categories--"Jazz" and “Latin, World & Experimental"--in response to the feeling that I was trying to compare apples to oranges. They're presented in more or less chronological order, and the guiding principle was whether I had a clear memory of the recording ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Things We Like: Novembre 2016

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By VIC ALBANI

Se state cercando un grande regalo musicale per il prossimo natale, ecco uno dei più dischi più belli e interessanti degli ultimi anni, sopra ogni etichetta, sopra ogni genere.

Before the Dawn, raccoglie lo straordinario ritorno sulle scene “una tantum" di sua maestà Kate Bush, vale a dire la ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Duane Allman at 70: A Reflection

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The actor James Dean once said, “If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live after he's died, then maybe he was a great man." James Dean is perhaps the charter member of a modern subset of such individuals who, due to modern technology, live on in the consciousness of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ravi Shankar: In Hollywood, 1971

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A real treat for fans of legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar, this is not only a live recording of a rare morning concert, but also an “at home" performance Shankar did for some special friends at his residence on Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California. He spoke about his distress over the plight of the people of East ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sanjay Divecha and Secret: Sanjay Divecha and Secret

Read "Sanjay Divecha and Secret" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Ravi Shankar has passed, but sounds from India continue to filter into the American jazz consciousness via the children of immigrants: pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana of Karavika; violinist Arun Ramamurthy.

But India-born Sanjay Divecha, who spent fifteen years in the United States, and studied at ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Philip Glass: Words Without Music - A Memoir

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Words Without Music: A Memoir
Philip Glass
432 pages
ISBN: 0871404389
Liveright
2015

While composer John Cage is the first name in contemporary classical music that most people will likely know, the music of composer Philip Glass is probably more likely to be the first sound of it ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Dancing on the Edges of Time

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Saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa is constantly making waves in the music world, expanding the technique of his instrument and integrating jazz and world music, especially that of his parents' native land, India. Brilliantly innovative, he often surprises with his improvisations and the way he transforms the music into something new and stimulating. India's great poet, ...