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ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

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With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Piotr Baron, Benjamin Deschamps & More

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Pianist Jacob Sacks summoned some of the best musicians he could find to create Fishes, his latest release for Clean Feed. Saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Dan Weiss tackle Sack's quirky compositions and ideas and the result is a great recording. Also in this episode, music from a live performance ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018

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Another trip around the sun. In the AllAboutJazz universe, the stars were especially bright this year. Which is a good thing, unless you are like me, trying to pare down a huge list of favorites to just ten. At that task, I've failed once again. So here are my 15 favorite recordings of 2018 in no ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wayne Horvitz, Kamil Piotrowicz and More

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This week we focus on a number of intriguing 'firsts.' The playlist includes acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's first foray into composing orchestral works, Wayne Horvitz' first traditional piano trio format recorded in the mountains of Montana, as well as Polish rising star pianist Kamil Piotrowicz and his sextet, Krzysztof Komeda's compositions interpreted by a top Australian ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard

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Pianist Fred Hersch's discography has been both broadening and deepening in recent years. Besides solo and group recordings, he has released collaborations such as Live in Healdsburg (Anzic, 2018), with multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen. In addition, the archiving of his past work has borne fruit in the form of a remastered Heartsongs (Sunnyside, 2018) and now Fred ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros

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A pair of albums from Northern European artists demonstrate a similar approach in this episode--improvising upon the folk melodies of their countries--Poland's Irek Wojtczak and his Folk Five and Finland's Hot Heros. For Wojtczak, he's just happy to see his recording available: the radio station that was recording the live concert lost the tapes, but fortunately, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook al Teatro Golden di Palermo

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The Uncommon Orchestra --Mike Westbrook
Nomos Jazz
Teatro Golden
Palermo
16-11-2018

Giunto all'ottava edizione, Nomos Jazz ha ormai assunto il ruolo guida nella programmazione del jazz internazionale in Sicilia. Lo testimoniano i tre cartelloni della sua stagione concertistica 2018/2019, che faranno di Palermo una delle capitali europee della musica. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Art Ensemble of Chicago, Federica Michisanti and other great new releases

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Sometime ago everybody kept saying that the CD was dead. Judging by the growing number of new records that keep coming out at an increasing pace, the CD is still alive and kicking! Intrestgingly, as the number of new jazz albums continues to grow, this has not been at the expense of the average quality of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jonathan Finlayson, Master Oogway & More

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These days touring is maybe the most critical aspect of a jazz musician's ability to not only promote one's music but also to survive financially. Toronto drummer Ethan Ardelli is proof of that pudding. He's taken his fine quartet and hit the road across Canada for the month of November--23 events from coast to coast--and will ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Francisco Mela: Ancestros

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One of the many fine musicians coming out of Cuba, Francisco Mela is an accomplished drummer/percussionist and composer. On Ancestros, his debut on the vinyl-only subscription label Newvelle, he has contributed seven original compositions to a collection that includes covers from Andrew Hill and Paul Motian. The album name--and its title track--are appropriated from Mela's prior ...