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ARTICLE: RADIO

Enrico Rava: Around the Jazz World in 80 Years - The Leader Part - 2

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Second part of the Enrico Rava special focusing on his projects as leader (click here to access the first part) showcasing his range of interests from the tradition of the American Songbook, to Bitches Brew like soundscapes and Opera.

This playlist features his work with the likes of Roswell Rudd, Franco D'Andrea, John ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ECMFest at SFJAZZ

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ECM Fest
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, California
October 24-27, 2019

ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) is an independent record label founded by in Munich In 1969 Karl Egger, Manfred Eicher and Manfred Scheffner had the brilliant foresight to found ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) in Munich, Germany.

The label has ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai Release Playing The Room on ECM Records. Out Now!

Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai Release Playing The Room on ECM Records. Out Now!

Playing The Room bears testimony to the long musical friendship of Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai. They began to explore jazz as teenagers in Tel Aviv, and have continued to play together over many years, with Yonathan recently making important contributions to Avishai’s group albums on ECM. Their first duo recording begins with music composed by ...

Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, Paul Lytton, Peter Apfelbaum, Marcus Rojas & Cyro Baptista

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Evan Parker/Matthew Shipp/Paul Lytton
Roulette
March 25, 2019

Originally, this gig was billed as The Schlippenbach Trio, featuring a rare NYC showing from German grand master pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach. Anticipation was high, but the day before the show, it was announced that his work visa hadn't arrived in time ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

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He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

State and Mainstream: The Jazz Ambassadors and the U.S. State Department

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The Cold War that began in 1947 and ran for forty-four years, had jazz music as its primary deterrent to global tensions, and it did more to foster good will between the U.S. and global citizens than any previous program launched by the U.S. Department of State. Jazz music, even in its Golden Age, was seldom ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Yacine Boularès: Coltrane by way of Descartes

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Saxophonist Yacine Boularès took the road less travelled to discover and develop his passion for jazz. After graduating in philosophy from the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, he felt the urge to put into practice the notions of aesthetics he had researched for his dissertation. Following his studies at Paris' Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience

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Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy.

The Strasbourg festival is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Basilio Sulis: Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz

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In tempi come quelli odierni, fatti di festival con cartelloni omologati e di proposte musicali più attente agli aspetti commerciali che ai contenuti artistici, le manifestazioni che nel corso degli anni sono riuscite a mantenere una forte integrità e coerenza rappresentano una rara e dunque pregevole eccezione.

Tra queste, possiamo sicuramente annoverare Ai ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dominic Miller: Silent Light

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Classical guitarist Dominic Miller makes his ECM debut with a largely solo program. It's a gentle, lyrical affair, reflecting his experience living in Argentina, the United States, England, and France, as well as decades of international touring as a working musician. The Brazilian influence is especially strong in pieces like opener “What You Didn't Say" and ...