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European Jazz Conference 2018

Read "European Jazz Conference 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

European Jazz Conference 2018
Centro Cultural de Belém
jny: Lisbon, Portugal
September 13-15, 2018

It was on the very edge of South-Western Europe, in Lisbon, that the European Jazz Conference celebrated its fifth annual gathering. The three hundred plus delegates from thirty five countries who convened in the Centro Cultural ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Relay Jazz

Read "Relay Jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Already soccered-out? Then dive in the world of Jazz Relay: the exciting sport in which one jazz player passes the baton to the next one and at the end all listeners are exhilarated by the mind-boggling diversity of music that comes out of different bands even when they have many players in common.

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Marius Neset: Circle of Chimes

Read "Circle of Chimes" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Prosegue con ottimi risultati la collaborazione tra il pluripremiato sassofonista norvegese Marius Neset e la prestigiosa etichetta tedesca Act. E va sempre più definendosi quella che sembra essere la qualità preminente del trentaduenne musicista di Bergen ossia la scrittura per formazioni di medie/grandi dimensioni. Se nel precedente Snowmelt era addirittura la London Sinfonietta a dar voce ...

Ivo Neame: Moksha

Read "Moksha" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Making a welcome return in a leader rôle, Ivo Neame's follow-up to his excellent album Strata (Whirlwind, 2015), sees him taking a slightly different approach to his previous two quintet and octet configurated recordings. His cannily idiosyncratic music is also obviously divergent to those found on recordings with Phronesis and saxophonist Marius Neset, to which he ...

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Trish Clowes at Mermaid Arts Centre

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Trish Clowes
Mermaid Arts Centre
Bray, Ireland
February 9, 2018

Almost five years had passed since saxophonist/composer Trish Clowes' only previous gig in Ireland, at the Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2013. Since then, Clowes has released a couple of well-received albums and was selected as a BBC Radio ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mixtape: 15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Mixtape: 15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Over two hours of music to savor the breadth of today's Norwegian jazz and improv scene while reading 15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need to Know About. That's 23 tracks showcasing the creativity of the most promising Norwegian players deserving wider recognition beyond their home country.

Happy Listening!

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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Il tocco di Django!

Read "Il tocco di Django!" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Il pianista e compositore inglese Django Bates è sempre stato un artista versatile e originale.
Nel suo ultimo disco per la ECM, The Study of Touch, guida il proprio trio Belovèd (completato dal bassista Petter Eldh e dal batterista Peter Bruun) attraverso una manciata di intriganti brani originali, ma rilegge anche un classico parkeriano ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Django Bates: Delightful Piano Touch

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British pianist and composer Django Bates has always been a multifaceted artist. On his recent ECM release, The Study of Touch, he leads his Trio Belovèd (featuring Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun) through a set of intriguing originals, as well as reworking the classic Charlie Parker composition “Passport."

We spoke ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

I'm always conscious of the fact that no matter how much new music you listen to in a given year it represents but a handful of stars in a teeming galaxy. These are a few of the brightest stars to have illuminated my 2017.

The Firebirds
Aladdin's Dream
ILK Music