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Nick Grinder: Farallon

Read "Farallon" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The striking thing about this CD by Bay Area trombonist Nick Grinder is how warm and soothing it sounds. It is not Smooth Jazz by any means, but there is a broad, melodic tone to Grinder's playing and the way he arranges the music that feels inviting and friendly. This is present even in up-tempo pieces ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gary McFarland: The In Sound & Soft Samba

Read "The In Sound & Soft Samba" reviewed by Rob Caldwell

Arranger, vibraphonist and singer Gary McFarland is regarded as one of the major purveyors of orchestral jazz--a type of jazz which had its heyday in the 1960s, but which is not heard as much anymore. A fine line separates orchestral jazz from the dreaded “easy listening" tag. A line so fine, they're often one and the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JazzMI - II Edizione

Read "JazzMI - II Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

JazzMI -II Edizione
Milano
02.11 -12.11.2017

“Che bello vedere Milano sveglia, finalmente!"

Queste parole, colte in una conversazione tra appassionati in coda per uno dei tanti concerti di questa seconda edizione di JazzMI, ben fotografano il vero punto di forza del festival. Che non è tanto l'aver proposto ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Two years after the release of his acclaimed Charlie Parker project Bird Calls (ACT), saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa returns with his longstanding Indo-Pak Coalition for Agrima, a vinyl and download-only release that is a dazzling hybrid of Indian music and furious jazz-rock.

Besides Mahanthappa the group consists of guitarist Rez Abbasi and drummer/tablaist Dan Weiss, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Lena Horne and Gabor Szabo

Lena Horne and Gabor Szabo

There are plenty of jazz albums in the rock era that, on paper, never should have worked but did and still do, exceptionally well. Joe Pass's The Stones Jazz (1966) is one. Paul Desmond's Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) is another. Add Lena & Gabor (1970) to the list. When the album by vocalist Lena Horne backed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nels Cline: Lovers

Read "Lovers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

No one can accuse guitarist Nels Cline of being predictable. He has recorded with his avant-garde trio the Nels Cline Singers most consistently (with bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola), but also led larger groups, such as the one on New Monastery (Cryptogramophone, 2006). More recently there was his duet with guitarist Julian Lage on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nels Cline: Lovers

Read "Lovers" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

When I first heard excerpts from Nels Cline's Lovers project, I wasn't too impressed. I thought it sounded like some kind of archaic “mood music" album. Then as I heard more about the set, including the songs being performed and the personnel performing them, I became intrigued. Now I've heard the entire thing and understand what ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Arancio, nero e nostalgia: tempo di ristampe in casa Impulse!

Read "Arancio, nero e nostalgia: tempo di ristampe in casa Impulse!" reviewed by Luca Canini

Piovono ristampe in casa Impulse!. Un diluvio benedetto a tinte arancionere che riporta sugli scaffali dei negozi classicissimi e rarità a prezzi stracciati. Non il massimo l'operazione dal punto di vista filologico: grafica discutibile, copertine originali incrociate grossolanamente, rimasterizzazione discreta ma non eccelsa, note riprodotte in miniatura e in alcuni casi praticamente illeggibili; ma il rapporto ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

European Jazz Conference 2015: Hungarian Showcases

Read "European Jazz Conference 2015: Hungarian Showcases" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Budapest Music Center
European Jazz Conference Hungarian Showcases
Budapest, Hungary
September, 24-27, 2015

The European Jazz Conference is a step forward for pan-European cooperation and collaboration. What was formerly the General Assembly of the Europe Jazz Network (EJN), became the European Jazz Conference from 2014. It is now also opened to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marcello Giannini: Frammenti

Read "Frammenti" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il chitarrista napoletano Marcello Giannini ha già avuto modo d'imporsi in significative e variegate collaborazioni: con Enrico Rava (On the Dance Floor), i 99 Posse (Cattivi Guaglioni e Curre Curre Guagliò 2.0), Daniele Sepe (Canzoniere illustrato), Cristiano Arcelli (Brooks), il gruppo Slivovitz e altri.
Questo disco, realizzato per l'etichetta di Marco Valente, è il ...