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ARTICLE: PROFILES

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

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Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. ...

WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

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A forgotten gem from the extensive and multi-colored discography of Don Cherry is available again, courtesy of the French label WEWANTSOUNDS [yes, their name is uppercase only!].

Home Boy, Sister Out, produced by Ramuntcho Matta, was originally released in 1985 on Barclay Records. It was distributed in France and Germany only and was never ...

Bill Frisell: Music IS

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The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet: Landfall

Read "Landfall" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Laurie Anderson has always been many things to many people: an enigmatic singer, an underrated visionary, sonic adventurer, composer, a charming storyteller, and so on. Blessed with a fertile imagination, a gift for vivid and enchanting storytelling and drama, compositional prowess, during her expansive five-decade career, she has released several adventurous albums that have showcased her ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

PunktFestival 2017

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Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norvegia
Varie sedi
31.8-2.9.2017

Come sempre Punkt è un festival fuori dall'ordinario e all'insegna dell'imprevisto e dell'imprevedibile. Una sorta di Industria 4.0 della musica: fuori dal “circolo" dei tour estivi, tipico dei festival jazz, e poco interessato a fotografare il passato e il presente, è invece molto attento ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Il Kronos Quartet all' Auditorium Arvedi di Cremona

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Kronos Quartet
Cremona Jazz 2017
Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi
21.05.2017

Doveva accadere prima o poi, quasi fosse scritto nelle stelle che si dovessero incontrare. E così è stato. L'Auditorium Arvedi, cuore pulsante e capolavoro architettonico/acustico del Museo del violino di Cremona ha ospitato il Kronos Quartet, quartetto d'archi di musica contemporanea a ...

Elliott Sharp: Port Bou

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Composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp chose a dramatic subject for Port Bou: the last minutes in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin at Port-Bou (a town in Catalonia, Spain) as he was fleeing Nazi-occupied France. This is a man preparing to commit suicide, so the music is appropriately intense. I'm reminded of Laurie Anderson's performance piece about Difficult ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Chuck Hammer: Blind On Blind

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Award-winning composer, guitarist, recording artist and producer Chuck Hammer has been an active influence on the progressive music scene since the mid-1970's, working with Laurie Anderson, David Bowie and Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, and Lou Reed, with whose band he recorded and toured globally for several years. An early adopter of the Roland guitar synthesizer, Hammer ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Buscemi/Elliott Sharp: Rub Out The Word

Read "Rub Out The Word" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

You don't have to follow Beat literature to have some familiarity with writer William S. Burroughs, especially in his spoken word role. Performance artist Laurie Anderson collaborated with him several times, notably on You're the Guy I Want to Share My Money With (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1981) and Mister Heartbreak (Warner Bros., 1984). Bill Laswell's Material ...

Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook

Read "Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook" reviewed by Martin Longley

Hal Willner
The Stone
June 14, 15, 17, 2016

Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected artists, assigned ...