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Tom Rainey: Float Upstream

Read "Float Upstream" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Da queste parti, si sa, nutriamo profonda ammirazione per Tom Rainey, percussionista geniale sia nelle cornici convenzionali che nelle ampie libertà della post-avanguardia.

Il suo quintetto Obbligato da qualche tempo si occupa di affrontare gli standards da un punto di vista si potrebbe dire cool-free ---se ci si passa l'azzardata etichettatura --innervandoli di ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

Jazz em Agosto celebrates its 35th edition this year with a program entitled “John Zorn Special Edition”, for 10 days, from 27 July to 5 August, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. For the first time in the festival’s history, the entire program of Jazz em Agosto is organised around a single musician, the North- American John Zorn, celebrating ...

David Ake: Humanities

Read "Humanities" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The group that pianist/composer David Ake assembles for Humanities thrives on change and doesn't care all that much for boundaries, familiar stylistic references, or decorum. Distinctions between written material and improvisation, soloists and accompaniment, are subject to transformation, collapse, consolidation and mutation. Nothing stays on exactly the same course for very long. Featuring Ake, Ralph Alessi's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Abercrombie Tribute Concert at Roulette

Read "John Abercrombie Tribute Concert at Roulette" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

John Abercrombie: Timeless--A Tribute To His Life And Music
Roulette
Brooklyn, NY
March 26, 2018

When John Abercrombie turned off the amplifier of life in 2017, the world lost not only one of its most distinctive guitarists but also one of jazz's brightest souls. As made clear by those ...

Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Boldly innovative pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and her trio, on the brilliant and emotive D'Agala, interpret nine intimate and impressionistic musical tributes. Each original composition is intricately constructed around motifs inspired by the individual dedicatee and has plenty of room within it for spontaneous expression.

For insitance, “Bourgeois's Spider (for Louise Bourgeois)" invokes the famous ...

Paraphrase: Please Advise

Read "Please Advise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Tim Berne has taken his Snakeoil group to the top, with four excellent CD releases on ECM Records, including 2017's Incidentals. The ECM label is considered by many to be the gold star standard in terms of jazz--though the word “jazz" is way too confining to describe the music in their extensive catalog. That level ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Two Sides of Marc Copland: Quartet and Solo

Read "Two Sides of Marc Copland: Quartet and Solo" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Anyone interested in discovering the fascinating story of pianist Marc Copland should start out by reading John Kelman's excellent article: “Marc Copland: Growth Through Collaboration" (2005). It follows the trajectory of an artist that has evolved immensely throughout his career, with the most radical change being the shift in instrument from saxophone to piano. This shift ...

Kjetil Jerve / Tim Thornton / Anders Thorén: Circumstances

Read "Circumstances" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Astonishingly, this international trio--Kjetil Jerve from Norway, Tim Thornton from the UK and Anders Thorén from Sweden--had played only one concert together before they recorded the studio tracks from which the contents of this album were gleaned. That recording session lasted two hours but here has been whittled down to just under an hour's worth of ...

Robin Verheyen: When The Birds Leave

Read "When The Birds Leave" reviewed by Don Phipps

Saxophonist Robin Verheyen exhibits a range of musical emotions on his album When the Birds Leave. Backed by an empathetic rhythm section of top-notch players (pianist Marc Copland, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Billy Hart), Verheyen explores a group of ebullient, introspective, and sometimes challenging compositions.

Verheyen is capable of great expressiveness with his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by John Sharpe

Swiss-born, NYC-based pianist Sylvie Courvoisier reconvenes the crew which waxed the wonderful Double Windsor (Tzadik, 2014) for equally rewarding results. As one of the most highly sought after improvisers on the New York scene, Courvoisier has been able to pick her collaborators from the cream, making particularly adept choices in bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny ...