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Airelle Besson

Airelle Besson has enjoyed exceptional success in recent years: she has twice been named Best French Musician of the Year by the French Django Reinhardt Award Academy and as Jazz Revelation of the Year at the French Award ceremony “Les Victoires du Jazz”. At the 2015 festival ‘Jazz sous les Pommiers’ in Coutances, where she was artist in residence for 3 years, Airelle caught the public’s attention with her brand new project; a quartet with Isabel Sörling on vocals, Benjamin Moussay on piano, fender Rhodes & bass synth and Fabrice Moreau on drums. Their new album “Radio One” was released in May 2016 on label Naïve, concerts in France and worldwide followed the release. Airelle has an impressive track-record

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Article: Live Review

Jazz In Marciac 2022

Read "Jazz In Marciac 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Le Chapiteau, L'Astrada, Jgo Jazz in Marciac Marciac, Southern France July 22 to August 6, 2022 The 43rd annual Jazz in Marciac festival welcomed a quarter million concert visitors to the 13th century French village of Marciac (population 1,247). Jazz in Marciac comes late and runs long in the European ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Catherine Russell, Wobjie, Steven Bernstein, Umberto Petrin & More New Releases

Read "Catherine Russell, Wobjie, Steven Bernstein, Umberto Petrin & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Good vibes, genre-bending projects, charismatic singers and creative use of electronics are the defining features of this set of recent and upcoming albums.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra “Yes We Can" Good Time Music (Community Music, Vol. 2) (Royal Potato ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The French Scene - Part 2

Read "The French Scene - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Here's more jazz from the scene by the Seine, featuring the lyricism of Emile Parisien, Vincent Courtois, the rhythmic hypnosis of The Recyclers and Benoît Delbecq, the sketches of Miles by Airelle Besson and Médéric Collignon, the urban vibes of Antoine Berjeaut and Guillaume Perret and much more. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazzdor Berlin

Read "Jazzdor Berlin" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Kulturbrauerei (Prenzlauer Berg) Jazzdor Berlin June 5-8, 2018 Jazzdor Berlin is a satellite of the Jazzdor Festival of Strasbourg founded 31 years ago. This year's 12th edition of the Franco-German festival held as usual at Kulturbrauerei, an abandoned brewery in Berlin borough Prenzlauer Berg, presented 11 groups with 40 musicians during four ...

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Article: Live Review

French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience

Read "French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy. The Strasbourg festival is ...

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Airelle Besson e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Airelle Besson e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


All About Jazz: Il tratto principale della mia musica. Airelle Besson: La melodia. AAJ: La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me. A.B. : L'impegno, l'ascolto, l'entusiasmo. AAJ: Come musicista, il mio principale difetto. A.B.: L'interpretazione costante nella vita di tutti i ...

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Prelude

Label: Naive
Released: 2015
Track listing: Ma Ion; Pouki Pouki; O Grande Amor; eige; Lulea’s Sunset; Full Moon in K; Vertiges; Virgule; Body and Soul; Birsay; Time to Say Goodbye.

Article: Album Review

Riccardo Del Fra: My Chet My Song

Read "My Chet My Song" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Non ancora sessantenne e dai primi anni Ottanta residente a Parigi, ove da molto tempo insegna al conservatorio, il contrabbassista romano Riccardo Del Fra ha alle spalle una carriera di grande spessore, iniziata con l'incontro, nel 1979, con Chet Baker, insieme al quale ha suonato per nove anni realizzando dodici album. E al grande e tormentato ...

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Article: Album Review

Airelle Besson and Nelson Veras: Prelude

Read "Prelude" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


French trumpeter and composer Airelle Besson and Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras have stuck up quite the duet relationship that manifests itself properly on the present Preludes. The trumpet/guitar format is not your typical duo, but it works extremely well in the hands of these two like-minded musicians. The two share a warm aural intimacy even more ...


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