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Garda Jazz 2019

Read "Garda Jazz 2019" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Garda Jazz Festival
Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole e altre località dell'Alto Garda
26.7-10.8.2019

Il Garda Jazz Festival, giunto alla sua diciannovesima edizione nella attuale formula, che coinvolge numerosi comuni trentini del Basso Sarca, affonda però le proprie radici negli anni Ottanta, nell'eredità del glorioso e storico Torbole Jazz. Il cartellone ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giancarlo Schiaffini, Errico De Fabritiis, Luca Tilli: Kammermusik

Read "Kammermusik" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Cinquantuno minuti di musica suddivisi in tredici tracce, nove delle quali improvvisate, due di Misha Mengelberg, una di Herbie Nichols—cioè di due icone della musica di ricerca—e l'ultima, a mo' di omaggio iconoclasta, nientemeno che ”O' Sole Mio”: questo il menù apparecchiato da Giancarlo Schiaffini in trio con due musicisti non facilmente etichettabili come il sassofonista ...

John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species

Read "John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If we were to go searching for saxophonist John Dikeman's spirit animal, we might have to bypass beast for sapien. Let's just say his spirit animal is the father of punk, Iggy Pop. Like early music by The Stooges, Dikeman's sound makes reference to the music of both Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders. It's a shame ...

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Zlatko Kaućić: Diversity

Read "Diversity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This 5-CD box Diversity was produced to honor Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaučič's 40 years in music. It is many things, but what it is not, is a career retrospective. How could it be? For quite awhile the drummer was a nomad, moving to Barcelona in 1976, then Amsterdam where he absorbed the new Dutch swing. His ...

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Fish-scale Sunrise: No Queen Rises

Read "No Queen Rises" reviewed by John Sharpe

Dutch reedman Ab Baars goes out of his way to avoid sentiment in his playing. He plots courses that veer willfully from melodic to shrill, but always remains in control. The most striking aspect of Fish-scale Sunrise, named after a poem by Wallace Stevens, is how much this approach to improvising is reflected in his composing ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthias Schriefl: Keine Angst vor... Schreefpunk

Read "Keine Angst vor... Schreefpunk" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Chi ha frequentato l'Alto Adige Jazz Festival negli ultimi anni, ha avuto modo di incrociare spesso il trombettista e polistrumentista germanico Matthias Schriefl, sia con proprie formazioni e realizzazioni, che in qualità di ospite o in lavori a lui espressamente commissionati. Tra le altre cose, segnaliamo la sua presenza di solista pirotecnico nel bel gruppo Plankton, ...

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Miles Okazaki: Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk

Read "Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The best way to embark upon Miles Okazaki's six-volume Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk is the same manner you might approach Herman Melville's American masterpiece Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Like Moby-Dick with its 135 chapters (and epilogue), Work is a Brobdingnagian accomplishment. Okazaki performs the complete Thelonious Monk songbook. 70 tunes in total.

Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...

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Thumbscrew: Theirs

Read "Theirs" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It has been four years since Thumbscrew, the trio of guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, released their self-titled debut (Cuneiform Records, 2014). The trio is simultaneously releasing two albums--their third and fourth--Ours and Theirs on the same label. As the titles indicate, one album consists of original compositions and the other, ...