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Mateusz Smoczynski: Metamorphoses

Read "Metamorphoses" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though violinist Mateusz Smoczyński has played with the likes of Tomasz Stanko, Branford Marsalis, Joachim Kuhn and Anna Maria Jopek, he's perhaps best known internationally for his four-year stint in Turtle Island Quartet and, currently, Atom String Quartet. With the latter, Smoczyński recorded Seifert (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, 2017), its brilliant tribute to violin virtuoso Zbigniew Seifert. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Seconda parte

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Seconda parte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Vicenza Jazz
Varie sedi
10--20.05.2018

Proseguiamo con il festival vicentino, i cui primi concerti sono stati recensiti da Libero Farné. In una rassegna così ricca di appuntamenti --come sempre dislocati in vari luoghi cittadini e in differenti orari --è ovviamente impossibile seguire tutto e anche questa seconda parte verterà sui concerti ...

Maciej Obara: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Al suo esordio su etichetta ECM, l'altosassofonista polacco Maciej Obara, classe 1981, è in realtà al suo nono disco da titolare, e al quarto (ma primo realizzato in studio) con il quartetto di cui è leader, completato dal connazionale pianista Dominic Wania (conosciuto quando entrambi militavano nel gruppo del trombettista Tomasz Stanko) e da una sezione ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzahead! 2018

Read "Jazzahead! 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Bremen Trade Fair Hall
Jazzahead!
Bremen, Germany
April 21-23, 2018

Jazzahead!, the three-day annual jazz marketplace marketplace of/for jazz in the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany with 3,283 participants from 61 countries stood strong and steady again this year. A total of 40 showcases over three ...

Zbigniew Seifert: Solo Violin

Read "Solo Violin" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In April 1974, a year after the break-up of Tomasz Stanko's first great quintet, Zbigniew Seifert gave his first solo violin concert. Another solo gig, two years later, produced the LP Solo Violin (EMI, 1978), which, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation to promote Seifert's legacy, once more finds its way onto ...

Niran Dasika Quartet: Suzaku

Read "Suzaku" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Niran Dasika grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and worked professionally as a musician in Tokyo, Japan, during 2016 and 2017. But his music sounds European, like an ECM Records outing by a group out of Norway or Poland. Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and his New York Quartet come to mind with “Seek the Middle Ground," ...

Variospheres: Live in Solothurn

Read "Live in Solothurn" reviewed by Ian Patterson

When Tomasz Stańko's first classic quintet came to the natural end of its road in 1973, with all its members looking for new directions in music, violinist Zbigniew Seifert embarked on a solo career that saw him record a number of albums with very different line-ups. In fact, bar a brief period at the end of ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

Read "Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith: In-House Science

Read "In-House Science" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Arild Andersen's superb trio with tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith and drummer Paolo Vinaccia had previously released two ECM albums, Live at Belleville (2008), and Mira (2014). Smith and Andersen joined the saxophonist's frequent collaborators, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for Celebration (2015) which included “Independency, Pt. 4" from Belleville. In-House Science is the second live album ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Verneri Pohjola Mika Kallio: Animal Image

Read "Animal Image" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Animal Image is the remarkable soundtrack for the documentary film of the same name by the Finnish visual artist Perttu Saksa. Although the movie's duration is twenty eight minutes, the score composed and recorded by fellow Finns Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio actually runs to just north of thirty seven minutes, but any shorter would have ...