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Il meglio del 2016 secondo Neri Pollastri

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Elencare le musiche migliori di un'annata è sempre cosa arbitraria e soggettiva, ma soprattutto espone al rischio di escludere altra musica, meritevole invece quanto quella inclusa (e, a volte, persino di più). Ne consegue che anche questo elenco--peraltro molto meditato -è tutt'altro che esaustivo, o definitivo. Indica però, certamente, musica che in questo 2016 mi ha ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith

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"I don't have a half-speed for music, if I do it, I'm all in..."--PEK

If the Evil Clown record label is prolific on a per capita basis, then its founder is exponentially more inexhaustible. David Peck (aka PEK) founded the label--at first, unbranded--and its roots date back a little more than twenty years ...

Stephen Haynes: Pomegranate

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Dedicato alla memoria di Bill Dixon, che gli fu maestro, questo disco di Stephen Haynes è un piccolo gioiello di nitidezza e coerenza, pur mettendo in scena una moderna musica free condotta da musicisti che certo non si sottraggono ad affrontare la complessità e magmaticità di questo genere.

Il lavoro, di circa un'ora, si ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Leap of Faith/Thomas Heberer: Solution Concepts

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The twenty year history of Leap of Faith includes an eleven year hiatus that is noteworthy more for the cooperative's ability to seamlessly pick up the pieces than for an uber-extended break. Cellist Glynis Lomon--a one-time student of Bill Dixon--was working the Boston circuit with multi-reedist PEK in the 1990s. The two honed their far reaching ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Victoriaville 2012

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Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Canada
May 17-20, 2012
There are many ways to weigh a music festival, but one method that sets a fairly reasonable standard for excellence is whether or not there was at least one point that elicited feelings of good fortune. Not just if it was enjoyable or if highly respected ...

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Vision Festival: Day 1, June 5, 2011

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Day 1 | Days 2-3 | Day 4 | Days 5-6 | Day 7
Vision Festival
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY

June 5-11, 2011

Now in its 16th year, the annual Vision Festival in NYC's Lower East Side remains the premier showcase for the city's avant jazz talent. While for residents, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 16 Opening Night; Echoes of Ascension, Marion Brown and John Tchicai.

Having covered the Panel Discussion for Sunday the music needs its due. Where else but the Vision Festival, in the US at least, would you find a night given to two participants in that legendary extended fanfare the world knows as Ascension. One still works among us, John Tchicai, and the other left us since Vision Festival last conveved. Marion Brown ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Taylor Ho Bynum / John Hebert / Gerald Cleaver: Book Of Three

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While trumpet plus rhythm trios are not a dime a dozen, they are becoming increasingly common currency. Following after Stephen Haynes' Parrhesia (Engine, 2011) and Kirk Knuffke's Chew Your Food (No Business Records, 2010), arrives an entry by the adventurous threesome of cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, bassist John Hébert and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Though the title ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stephen Haynes: Parrhesia

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There's something about the plain brown recycled chipboard sleeve of Parrhesia, with its letter-pressed script, which relates to the music contained inside. It's not just the concern for sustainability, but also the understated, organic yet singular nature of the package. Trumpeter Stephen Haynes' leadership debut has been a long time coming, which perhaps suggests undue modesty. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stephen Haynes: Parrhesia

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Trombettista, improvvisatore, compositore, docente, avvocato. Allievo prima, a lungo collaboratore poi, di Bill Dixon. Si chiama Stephen Haynes, dalle nostre parti è pressoché sconosciuto, ma è uno di quei straordinari personaggi che vivono lontano dai riflettori e rivestono un ruolo fondamentale nel mantenere vivo, rinnovare, sviluppare l'arte musicale e relativi legami con territorio e tessuto sociale. Capelli radi e ...