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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Skuli Sverrisson: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

A contemplative affair, Skuli Sverisson and Bill Frisell's Strata unfolds like a slow burning fire. The hovering notes and somber guitar lines evolve gradually, emerging like wind carved monuments visible through a hovering mist to reveal a stark, melancholic, and aridly beautiful landscape.

The album demonstrates a fluid, masterful interaction between the two artists ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Read "Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of ...

Lionel Loueke: Close Your Eyes

Read "Close Your Eyes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Three short seasons and fifteen releases into Newvelle Records' vinyl subscription service, guitarist Lionel Loueke is the first artist to be featured a second time as a leader/co-leader. The Benin-born Loueke holds a Jazz Performance degree from Berklee and has played with many top artists including his mentor Herbie Hancock, George Garzone, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Haden ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Friehofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Friehofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 23-24, 2018

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival rolled into its the start of its fifth decade with a fresh format and plenty of fresh faces. The festival plays out each year during an amazing two days in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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: LIVE REVIEWS

Verona Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Verona Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dave Holland--Zakir Hussein--ChrisPotter / Gianni Coscia--Gianluigi Trovesi
Verona Jazz Festival
Teatro Romano
22, 24.06.2018

Dal variopinto programma di Verona Jazz 2018 abbiamo selezionato due concerti particolarmente significativi: il magistrale trio di Dave Holland al contrabbasso, Chris Potter ai sassofoni e Zakir Hussain alle tabla e il classico duo tra il ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Read "Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As we continue our exploration of jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, this week we focus on Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal & Zimbabwe.

Happy Listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from Mondo Jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lionel Loueke Trio al Parco della Musica di Roma

Read "Lionel Loueke Trio al Parco della Musica di Roma" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Lionel Loueke Trio
Parco della Musica
Roma
28.02.2018

Avevamo già avuto modo di apprezzare il chitarrista del Benin Lionel Loueke sui palcoscenici dell'Auditorium romano lo scorso novembre, in occasione del concerto del sestetto di Chick Corea e Steve Gadd, ma in quella circostanza non era stato molto lo spazio lasciatogli ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dave Holland Residency at SFJAZZ

Read "Dave Holland Residency at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Dave Holland
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
March 22-25, 2018

Dave Holland took the stage with a smile, an appropriate beginning to a four-night residency at SFJAZZ in San Francisco, California, one which would see him transition from solo to duo to trio to quartet.

Holland has created innumerable ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision

Read "Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

For much of the past decade, Cuban-born pianist Fabian Almazan spent most of his time playing with Terence Blanchard who called him: “One of the great, young, new talent of his generation." Now 39 and based in New York City, Fabian earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and was voted ...