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Live From New York: Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson, Dave King & Harold Mabern

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Broken Shadows
The Village Vanguard
March 26, 2019

Following their residency at The Village Vanguard, two-thirds of The Bad Plus remained in the club for another week, teaming up with saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed to form Broken Shadows. This quartet is dedicated to the music of Ornette Coleman ...

Live From New York: Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, Paul Lytton, Peter Apfelbaum, Marcus Rojas & Cyro Baptista

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Evan Parker/Matthew Shipp/Paul Lytton
Roulette
March 25, 2019

Originally, this gig was billed as The Schlippenbach Trio, featuring a rare NYC showing from German grand master pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach. Anticipation was high, but the day before the show, it was announced that his work visa hadn't arrived in time ...

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Live From Old York: Ulf Wakenius, Martin Taylor & The Rheingans Sisters

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Ulf Wakenius & Martin Taylor
The National Centre For Early Music
March 8, 2018

Martin Taylor and Ulf Wakenius are a prime pair of guitarists from their respective countries, England and Sweden. They've worked together regularly, but presumably touring mostly outside of the UK. This duo set, electric but toned ...

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Live Drummers From Old York: The Yamato Drummers Of Japan, Ensemble Bash & Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

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The Yamato Drummers Of Japan
Grand Opera House
February 18, 2019

The Yamato Drummers Of Japan tour regularly, a less august crew when compared to the old guard Kodō clan, more attuned to a modernised visual sense that makes their relationship with the taiko form less hardcore. Not that their ...

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Live From Paris: Danyèl Waro, Beñat Achiary & Haffyd H

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Danyèl Waro/Beñat Achiary
Théâtre Romain Rolland
February 21, 2019

This extraordinary double bill was part of the 28th edition of Sons D'Hiver, a festival that spans around three weeks, presenting gigs at various venues in the Val-de-Marne zone of south-eastern Paris. The French Basque vocalist Beñat Achiary opened the evening ...

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Live From Old York: Thomas Truax, Chris Smither, Phil Beer, Huddersfield Immersive Sound System & The Chimera Ensemble

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Thomas Truax
The Fulford Arms
January 26, 2019

Thomas Truax is an American one-man-band, a New Yorker residing in London, an oddball crooner, a nervy troubadour, and an inventor of visually and sonically imaginative musical instruments. Over the last decade, he's been a regular tourer around the UK and beyond, ...

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Live From Brussels: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Sal La Rocca, Igor Gehenot, Diederniko Kummsels & Makas

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Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Bozar
January 9, 2019

Much of this evening's programme featured compositions that are probably of interest to jazzers, particularly with the presence of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, although Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber will doubtless have more crossover appeal than most composers. There was ...

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Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

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Brussels Jazz Festival
Flagey
Brussels, Belgium
January 10-19, 2019

The Brussels Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer, but this ambitious 10-dayer managed to sell out around two thirds of its gigs, and was overall the most successful in attendance for this fifth edition. Concerts are held in the ...

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Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

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Jazz Juniors 2018
ICE Kraków Congress Centre/Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club
Kraków, Poland
November 29-December 2, 2018

In 2017, the four-day Jazz Juniors competition was merged under the banner of Hitch On, with promises of a full duality for its 2018 42nd edition. Along the way, this didn't ...

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Live From Cologne: Bastian Stein, Eivind Aarset & Danish Vibes

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The Bastian Stein Trio
The Loft
November 5, 2018

The Loft is indeed right at the top of its reasonably tall building, having many stairs to climb, but with jazz salvation found, once this effort is made. Improvisation and moderne composed music are also presented, plus there's a recording studio ...