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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paolo Fresu: Magister Giotto

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Il 13 luglio di quest'anno in occasione dell'esposizione “Magister Giotto," ospitata dal 13 luglio al 5 novembre, alla Scuola Grande della Misericordia a Venezia, Paolo Fresu ha realizzato un album dal titolo omonimo. Un percorso musicale pensato per accompagnare il visitatore lungo gli spazi espositivi che regala emozioni anche oltre quel contesto. Fresu ha scelto alcuni ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Matt Hooke

2017 marked the first year that I wrote for All About Jazz, and I got to experience some phenomenal music. It was a diverse year in jazz, international artists like Tony Allen and Seckou Keita brought unique perspectives to jazz. Other artists like Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, and Dayme Arocena, released some of their best work ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia

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AJAZZGO Festival
Cali, Colombia
September 12-17, 2017

September is jazz festival month in the South American nation of Colombia. Four major cities--Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla--and Pasto, a smaller provincial municipality--stage well-oiled multi-day events stocked with international and regional jazz talent. The five festivals work collaboratively to bring major artists to the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stefano "Cocco" Cantini: direttore artistico del Grey Cat Jazz Festival

Read "Stefano "Cocco" Cantini: direttore artistico del Grey Cat Jazz Festival" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Musicista assai apprezzato, grande interprete del sax tenore e, soprattutto, soprano, Stefano “Cocco" Cantini è nato e vissuto a Follonica, sulla costa maremmana, dove fin da giovane si è distinto per l'insegnamento e per la promozione della cultura musicale. In quest'ultimo campo la sua creatura più importante e duratura è il Grey Cat Festival, la principale ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ

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SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium
Omar Sosa Tour
San Francisco CA
April 21, 2017

Acclaimed pianist Omar Sosa quietly took the unlit stage with only a single candle providing limited illumination. He silently started his show with a solemn keyboard solo. Respected SF Bay Area percussionist and educator John Santos then entered from the opposite side ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ

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Omar Sosa Residency
SFJAZZ
Spring Season
San Francisco, CA
April 21-23, 2017

“You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

All About Jazz is celebrating Omar Sosa's birthday today!

Omar Sosa\'s music is a unique style of Afro-Cuban jazz, and while it is rooted in the folkloric traditions of the African Diaspora, he always takes an exploratory approach- never one to let orthodoxy stand in the way of his pursuit of freedom. Sosa offers a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: Transparent Water

Read "Transparent Water" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Omar Sosa would make an excellent global ambassador. He seems to make friends and erase boundary lines wherever he goes. Back in 2012, the Cuban pianist connected with Senegalese kora guru Seckou Keita through a mutual musical associate--drummer Marque Gilmore. Sosa and Keita struck up a quick friendship at that initial meeting, ultimately leading to the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: Transparent Water

Read "Transparent Water" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Cuban Pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player and vocalist Seckou Keita have assembled an extraordinary album seamlessly melding Latin American and West African music. Additional guest instrumentalists bring with them a host of other sounds predominantly emanating from the Far East. The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument whilst the sheng is a Chinese ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Roma Jazz Festival 2016

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Roma Jazz Festival 2016
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Roma
8-23.11.2016

Edizione importante per il festival jazz romano che festeggia i 40 anni nella sede ormai stabile dell'Auditorium Parco della Musica, dove si sono svolte le ultime 12 edizioni. Il programma della rassegna è stato molto vario, con proposte per tutti i ...