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JazzMI - II Edizione

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JazzMI -II Edizione
Milano
02.11 -12.11.2017

“Che bello vedere Milano sveglia, finalmente!"

Queste parole, colte in una conversazione tra appassionati in coda per uno dei tanti concerti di questa seconda edizione di JazzMI, ben fotografano il vero punto di forza del festival. Che non è tanto l'aver proposto ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kneebody: Anti-Hero

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Several questions came to mind when listening (repeatedly) to Kneebody's latest offering, Anti-Hero.

1. “Why does this feel important?"

Easy one. Anti-Hero is by far the strongest effort yet from arguably the most original collective to strafe the jazz world in recent history. All the pheromones that make Kneebody so attractive have ...

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Kneebody at Johnny Brenda's

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Kneebody
Johnny Brenda's
Philadelphia PA
April 7, 2017

Generally when a band announces that a group member is waylaid and can't make the gig, those in the audience start to resign themselves to an evening of subconscious apologetics--("It's not the same but pretty good for a guy subbing on short notice." ...

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Kneebody: Anti-Hero

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Bene. Facciamo il punto. Sono anni che sostengo a piena voce come i Kneebody siano una delle vere, grandi realtà della musica moderna.

Dunque persino ovvio che, nel mondo di oggi capace di fagocitare tutto con estrema leggerezza e ambiguità, il quintetto americano passi nel fiume galleggiando come tutto il resto. Ci sono ...

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The Donny McCaslin Group at The Arden Gild Hall

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The Donny McCaslin Group
Arden Gild Hall
Arden, Delaware
January 14, 2017

Arden Delaware isn't exactly known as a jazz mecca but, with the coming of the Donny McCaslin Group to the Arden Gild Hall, it became one--for a little while at least. And in the best jazz traditions, the show ...

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So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low

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Azar Lawrence Quartet
RG Club
Venice, CA
January-September 2013

2013, already slipping deep into the fog of forgetfulness, had its share of memorable jazz moments here in Southern California. And while, according to the Western, as well as the Chinese calender ( Happy Year of the Horse!), this review and these ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Donny McCaslin: Lightness and Gravity

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Saxophonist Donny McCaslin seems like a young player, given his energy and inventiveness. But he has been playing jazz for three decades. As a child, he was part of his father's jazz ensemble and a member of his high school jazz band. He led his own bands after moving to New York from his native California, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith & Taylor Ho Bynum

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The Dave Douglas/Donny McCaslin Key Motion Quintet
Jazz Standard
December 8, 2011

This was the first of four Dave Douglas nights at the Jazz Standard, each of them highlighting a different performance perspective. The unexpected has become the expected where this high-wire trumpeter is concerned. Douglas is perpetually scouting ...

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Dave Douglas: A Creative Consciousness

Read "Dave Douglas: A Creative Consciousness" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Considering trumpeter Dave Douglas' musical career, one word that comes to mind is “consistency." Sure, he's led a dizzying variety of bands playing in all sorts of styles. Yet, of the 30-odd recordings he's led, not one veers from the central mission of presenting challenging, original jazz. An inveterate musical risk taker, Douglas has always led ...