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Alban Darche

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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The French Scene - Part 4

Read "The French Scene - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this final installment of our exploration of today's French jazz scene, we focus on a number of projects that illustrate how beautifully French musicians blend their many influences, from troubadour music of the middle-ages to pop songs of the '60s and '70s, and interests, from Greek mythology to the M-Base collective, with jazz.

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Avant-Retro or Retro-Avant? Part I

Read "Avant-Retro or Retro-Avant? Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Rigid categories are not what music should be about. This week we focus on music that some may file under “retro" but is performed by musicians that are often labelled “avant," it may not sound exactly how Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 or Fess Williams and the Royal Flush Orchestra would have played, but ...

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Céline Bonacina, Keith Jarrett, Carla Marciano and More New Releases

Read "Céline Bonacina, Keith Jarrett, Carla Marciano and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Another week repleate with deliciuos new releases, from those of European jazz queens Céline Bonacina, Yazz Ahmed and Carla Marciano, to the Pan-African manifesto of Russell Gunn's Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, to the collaborative trios of Ben Perowsky—-John Medeski—Chris Speed, Zach Brock—Matt Ulery—Jon Deitemyer, and Alban Darche—Matthieu Donarier—Meivelyan Jacquot, not to mention the latest by Keith ...

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Larry Willis + Tomeka Reid, Ghost Horse, Matana Roberts & Other New Releases

Read "Larry Willis + Tomeka Reid, Ghost Horse, Matana Roberts & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we remember pianist Larry Willis (1942—2019) who passed away in September, followed by the perusal of a pile of exciting new releases and re-relases building jazz bridges between North America and Europe, featuring Midnight Lilacs (i.e. Chris Speed, Marc Ribot, Danilo Gallo and Zeno De Rossi), Ethan Iverson Quartet with Tom Harrell, Simone Graziano, ...

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Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More

Read "Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch brings her 'tude and much-praised talent to her follow-up recording to Fly or Die in Fly Or Die II--Bird Dog of Paradise. Her music is even more incendiary as she turns her attention to the current state of political and social unrest in America. Also making debuts this week are the Malleus Trio ...

Le Tombeau de Poulenc

Label: Yolk Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1st Convergence; Le Tombeau de Poulenc 1; Dans le monde de Poulenc; 2nd Convergence; Dans les idées de Poulenc; Le Tombeau de Poulenc 2; Cadence (Darche); Le Tombeau de Poulenc 3; Dans le sens de Poulenc; 3rd Convergence; Dans l’esprit de Poulenc; Le Tombeau de Poulenc 4.

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J.C. Cholet, Alban Darche, Mathias Rüegg et Grand Ensemble: Le Tombeau de Poulenc

Read "Le Tombeau de Poulenc" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Parafrasando Le Tombeau de Couperin di Ravel, i tre firmatari di questo album dedicano identico trattamento a Francis Poulenc, ispirandosi liberamente --ci viene detto espressamente --"senza tentare il minimo adattamento" alla sua opera. Lo sforzo è anzitutto di scrittura, con ciascuno dei tre che si focalizza attorno a un risvolto specifico (con l'eccezione di “Cadence"): Alban ...

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Erik Friedlander throws a glass of absinthe, and more new releases

Read "Erik Friedlander throws a glass of absinthe, and more new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week Mondo Jazz chats with cellist Erik Friedlander about his latest project inspired by Pablo Picasso's bronze sculpture “Glass of Absinthe." Artemisia--a visually stunning vinyl box set containing musically stunning work--features Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass and Ches Smith on drums. And, of course, more new releases! Playlist ...

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John Hollenbeck, Alban Darche, Samuel Blaser, Sebastien Boisseau: Mix of Sun and Clouds

Read "Mix of Sun and Clouds" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La ricca e frammentata scansione ritmica di John Hollenbeck, spesso animata da un'impronta danzante, è un policromo tappeto che interagisce con le parti scritte o gli appassionati interventi di Alban Darche e Samuel Blaser. L'interplay col contrabbassista Sebastien Boisseau finisce di caratterizzare una musica in costante mutazione, che passa da atmosfere d'astratto camerismo a sequenze di ...


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