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Naima/Live in Berlin

Read "Naima/Live in Berlin" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Saxophonist Alan Skidmore has worked in many, many different settings during a career that stretches back to the early sixties with Alexis Korner--one of the three 'Fathers of British Blues" (paternity disputed!). That career has included recordings with John Mayall and Eric Clapton, Georgie Fame, Sonny Boy Williamson, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook, Mike Gibbs, the Walker ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Julie Sassoon: Fourtune

Read "Fourtune" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Fourtune is British pianist-composer Julie Sassoon's first quartet recording. Sassoon's musical approach draws in equal measure on her classical training and on a love of jazz and improvised music. This marriage goes far beyond the translation of a pianistic technique from one musical area to another but becomes something far deeper and more powerfully emotionally moving ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andreas Willers / Urs Leimgruber: Pale White Shout

Read "Pale White Shout" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Andreas Willers (Germany) and saxophonist Urs Leimgruber (Switzerland) are among Europe's most prominent improvisers and free-thinkers. On this outing their experimental metrics are quite rangy and focused, offering the antithesis to a madcap free-form blowing session. The duo alternates between controlled thematic buildups and subdued encounters with polytonal dialogues along with certain parts that elicit ...

Helga Plankensteiner: Plankton

Read "Plankton" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Come il plancton si lascia portare dalle onde del mare, la musica del nuovo progetto internazionale di Helga Plankensteiner spazia con grande scioltezza tra diversi stili.

Le note di copertina del CD, che per una volta descrivono e riassumono molto bene le atmosfere contenute nell'album, si aprono con questa puntuale considerazione.

Julie Sassoon: Land of Shadows

Read "Land of Shadows" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Con questo live tedesco dell'aprile 2012 (tre date diverse, a Colonia, Dessau e Berlino), la pianista inglese Julie Sassoon approda al suo secondo album in solitudine, dopo New Life, del 2006. Lo contraddistingue un fluire alquanto particolare, che se da un lato lascia ammirati (e seduce, anche) appunto per l'originalità di prospettiva, dall'altro appesantisce non poco ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Julie Sassoon: Dancing in the Shadows

Read "Julie Sassoon: Dancing in the Shadows" reviewed by Duncan Heining

It's been seven years since British pianist and composer Julie Sassoon released her first solo CD, New Life (Babel). Since then, she and her family have moved to Berlin and Sassoon has quietly established herself in Germany as an unusual and unique talent. It's been a long wait for fans but her new live album, Land ...

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Julie Sassoon: Land of Shadows

Read "Julie Sassoon: Land of Shadows" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Land of Shadows is British improvising pianist Julie Sassoon's second solo CD and her first for the German jazzwerkstatt label. Recorded live in Cologne and at the famed Bauhaus theatre in Dessau, the record marks both an consolidation and an advance on its predecessor, New Life (2006 Babel).

Where New Life drew its energy ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Discount Tix for Jazzwerkstatt Festival, Nov 26, 27 & 28

Up to 60% Off Admission to the Jazzwerkstatt Festival at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene From November 26-28. Choose From Two Options. Click here (12 discount hours left!) What: 3 day mini-festival/Jazzwerkstatt Berlin-New York
When: November 26, 27, 28 (various times 8pm/4pm)
Where: Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY (2/3/4/5/ ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Jazzwerkstatt

Read "Jazzwerkstatt" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

In September in Berlin, an ambitious new jazz festival, A European Jazz Jamboree, took over several venues in the city with a wide-ranging program that according to its organizers is an art concept in itself: it displays the whole range of the current European jazz scene, from free jazz to traditional modern jazz, and a jazz ...