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Wolfgang Haffner: Acoustic Shapes

Read "Acoustic Shapes" reviewed by John Kelman

There are those who view the blending of electronica textures and rhythms with jazz is akin to the coming of the Antichrist but, like it or not, it's an increasingly pervasive component of modern jazz. In North America, artists including Wallace Roney, Dave Douglas and Mike Mainieri have been incorporating sampling, turntables and real-time sonic processing ...


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Lars Danielsson: Melange Bleu

Read "Melange Bleu" reviewed by John Kelman

Music--improvised or scored--is inextricably linked with how it's arranged or orchestrated, a point made crystal clear by Lars Danielsson's Mélange Bleu. The bonus track on the Swedish bassist/cellist/ pianist's Libera Me (ACT, 2004) hinted at the direction Danielsson would take on Mélange Blue--a blending of acoustic instruments, concert orchestra and technology to create a lush new ...


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Lars Danielsson: Mélange Bleu

Read "Mélange Bleu" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ormai lanciato sulla strada di altri scandinavi, come Nils Petter Molvaer e Bugge Wesseltoft (non a caso presenti nell’organico), il contrabbassista, violoncellista e pianista Lars Danielsson si spinge un po’ oltre il precedente lavoro Libera me (clicca qui per leggerne la recensione) e mette in scena un album molto artefatto, elettrificato e ricreato in studio (il ...


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Joachim Kuhn: Europeana (Jazzphony No.1)

Read "Europeana (Jazzphony No.1)" reviewed by Chris May

Owing little to the main stem US jazz tradition, composer Michael Gibbs' orchestral suite Europeana has more in common with the work of folk-influenced English composers like Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten and Malcolm Arnold, and their particular varieties of English lyricism. It's a work of magnificence and beauty which was barely noticed on original release eleven ...


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