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Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 1-2

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Trondheim Jazzfest
Trondheim, Norway
May 9-10, 2019

Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key position in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically.

The sourceTrondheim started the ...

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Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More

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The Dutch powerhouse quintet Spinifex included a pair of tracks imbued with Sufi traditional music of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan on their last recording, Amphibian Ardour; they loved the challenge of fusing those styles into their irregular structures and free jazz so much that they decided to go all in on their ...

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Fish-scale Sunrise: No Queen Rises

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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 ...

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Ken Vandermark / Marker: Roadwork 1/Roadwork2/Homework1 (Box Set)

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Reed player, composer and improviser Ken Vandermark has led, or been a part of, more than fifty different groups in his prolific twenty-year recording career. Along the way he has played with many of the top talents in experimental, free, and avant-garde jazz, including Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, Paul Lytton, Marcin Oles, Adam Lane, Ab Baars, ...

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Running The Bas(s)es

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In baseball parlance, “touch 'em all" refers to hitting a four-bagger, a home run. In this week's episode, we try to “touch" a whole bunch of wonderful contemporary bassists. The following would make up a pretty darn good all-star team of “bass" runners: John Hébert with Marty Ehrlich, Joshua Abrams, Drew Gress in Free Country, Sean ...

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Doek Festival 2018 - This Is Our Music Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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"This Is Our Music": many sides of the flourishing Amsterdam improv scene were revealed at the 2018 Doek Festival, with well-known musicians and international guests. This event signalled the return of the Amsterdam-based collective Doek to its roots: personal projects by its individual core members. The result is a richly varied program including two nights at ...

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Ab Baars: And She Speaks - A Collection Of Ballads

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Mike Doughty of the rock band Soul Coughing wrote the lyric “is Chicago, Is Not Chicago..." to the song of the same name, followed by “a man cuts in half, just like he snaps a pencil..." The same could be said of And She Speaks -A Collection Of Ballads by saxophonist / clarinetist Ab Baars. This ...

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Kaja Draksler Octet: Gledalec

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Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler mines musical forms from much of the last century and beyond for her two CD collection Gledalec. This Octet date constitutes a departure from her more widely distributed work to this point, represented by the impressive solo performance The Lives Of Many Others (Clean Feed, 2013) and the intimate duet This Love ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

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Zlatko Kaućić, Ab Baars: Canvas

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Registrato a Cracovia nell'ottobre del 2014, questo CD documenta una delle performances di due maestri dell'improvvisazione europea, che si conoscono e collaborano da molti anni, quali sono il percussionista sloveno Zlatko Kaućić e il sassofonista e clarinettista olandese Ab Baars.

Le sette tracce iniziano con un'improvvisazione piuttosto lunga (quasi ventidue minuti), molto tormentata e ...