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Alban Darche

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Album after album, through an ever increasing number of line-ups and experiences, Alban Darche has been building a highly original, free-spirited and coherent body of work. He's the ingenious leader of the AD3 trio (with bassist Frédéric Chiffoleau and drummer Emmanuel Birault) and of Gros Cube (formerly Le Cube), a 15-strong big band featuring the finest jazz talents in the country, with several albums to its name, the latest dating from 2007 and featuring vocalist Katerine. In addition to his personal projects, Alban Darche is also a member of Jean-Louis Pommier's Qüntêt and Fred Pallem's Sacre du Tympan, and has worked with, amongst others, Gabor Gado, Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, Julien Lourau, Kenny Wheeler, Driss El Maloumi, Baptiste Trotignon and André Minvielle

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Le Gros Cube #2

Label: Yolk Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: À la bougie; Ping-pong; Arcane XV — Le diable; Arcane XVIII — Le soleil; Le mort joyeux; Beauty and Sadness ii; Le chemin (vertueux); L’oiseau qu’on voit chante sa plainte; Arcane XXII — Le mat; Le cercle.

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs" are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn't make the album it graces any better than it already is. But, apparently, humans ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

John Coltrane & New Clean Feed Releases

Read "John Coltrane & New Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


"Acknowledgment" from the new John ColtraneA Love Supreme Live In Seattle highlights this episode of OMJ along with a taste of some excellent new releases from Portugal's Clean Feed Records--Friends & Neighbors, Joao Lencastre & Communion, The Rite Of Trio, and Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble. Also in the Clean Feed batch but played in earlier shows ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Size Matters: (Mostly New) Jazz for Big Bands and Orchestras, Part 1

Read "Size Matters: (Mostly New) Jazz for Big Bands and Orchestras, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


More is not always necessarily better, especially in music. However, the proliferation of remarkable jazz big bands and orchestras of the last decade or so is providing plenty of material to prove that quality and quantity can go hand-in-hand. This week we focus on recent releases by some of the most compelling large ensembles around, the ...

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Article: Album Review

Alban Darche: Le Gros Cube #2

Read "Le Gros Cube #2" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


La passione di Alban Darche, quarantasettenne tenorsassofonista e compositore bretone, per i grossi organici è nota: ce ne siamo già occupati diverse volte, su queste colonne. Questo suo ultimo lavoro, edito come d'uso su Yolk Music, non fa eccezione: diciotto elementi, big band che più classica non si potrebbe. Per una volta (almeno rispetto al passato) ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd

Read "Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's much “hat-tipping in respect" by current musicians to their influences in this episode. Saxophonists Miguel Zenon, Charles Lloyd and Sweden's Fredrik Nordstrom are in an Ornette mood on their albums, while the Oles Brothers from Poland recognize the iconic Polish trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski on a recording of a rediscovered session. British avant-garde quartet featuring Paul ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nate Wooley, UMO, Alban Darche & Chick Corea

Read "Nate Wooley, UMO, Alban Darche & Chick Corea" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This show has a tribute to the great Chick Corea and new releases from here and there: Finland's UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, France's Le Gros Cube led by saxophonist Alban Darche, Australian's Alister Spence Trio augmented by guitarist Ed Kuepper, Canada's See Through 4, another guitarist Jörg Schippa from Germany, and Nate Wooley's Mutual Aid Music. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Soojin Suh, Damon Locks, Gretchen Parlato, Daniele Sepe & Other New Releases

Read "Soojin Suh, Damon Locks, Gretchen Parlato, Daniele Sepe & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we feature plenty of jazz for social justice, exciting piano players and young ensembles, unearthed live gems that are coming out during these COVID times both to remind us of the power of live music and to remedy the lack of new live recordings, and the album that confirms Gretchen Parlato's role in the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The French Scene: Part 5

Read "The French Scene: Part 5" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Our stash of exciting recent and upcoming releases was replete with great new music from France so we had to devote to it a whole section of this week's show. Dive into large and small ensemble music of unbounded creativity and multiple influences. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...


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