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Albert Mangelsdorff


Trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff pioneered the art of jazz polyphonics, introducing to the avant-garde the symphonic tradition of playing multiple notes simultaneously. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 5, 1928, Mangelsdorff grew up enthralled by jazz, devouring his older brother Emil's record collection. His uncle, a professional violinist, gave him music lessons as a teen, but the rise of the Third Reich forced him to keep his passion for jazz in check. Over time Mangelsdorff taught himself guitar, but following World War II he managed to acquire a used trombone in exchange for cigarettes he often played for audiences comprised of the American soldiers who remained stationed overseas, finally performing to crowds who shared his appreciation for jazz


Article: Interview

Greg Byers: Take A Bow

Read "Greg Byers: Take A Bow" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Greg Byers does not like hearing that something is not possible. Or perhaps he does, for the cellist seems to thrive on challenges that others deem impossible or unrealistic. Taking a jazz major in cello? It just isn't done, he was told. Well, ticked that box. Learning Charlie Parker's solos on upright bass? ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Jazz Releases including a new one from Kenny Barron

Read "Recent Jazz Releases including a new one from Kenny Barron" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Here are reviews of a diverse selection of jazz releases from the past few months. Allegra Levy Songs For You And Me Little Moon Records 2023 Vocalist Allegra Levy has made a children's music album for the most natural of reasons. She became a mother in 2021, ...


Where Is Brooklyn? & Eternal Rhythm - Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Awaku Nu; Taste Maker; The Thing; The Is The Bomb; Unite; Eternal Rhythm


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Surya Botofasina, Tom Skinner, More Better, Jakob Bro, Joe Lovano & More New Releases

Read "Surya Botofasina, Tom Skinner, More Better, Jakob Bro, Joe Lovano & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Tributes to Abdul Wadud, Paul Motian, Albert Mangelsdorff and Johnny Hodges, the power of post-production, the music meditations of Surya Botofasina and more, in this wide-ranging edition of Mondo Jazz. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Tom Skinner “The Journey" Voices of Bishara ...


Article: Live Review

Blaser Ducret Bruun Trio at Hakasalmen Huvila

Read "Blaser Ducret Bruun Trio at Hakasalmen Huvila" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Blaser Ducret Bruun Trio Hakasalmen Huvila Finnish Tour Helsinki November 14, 2022 Samuel Blaser has a glittering past, with glowing reviews of his considerable career in journals from around the globe. The performance of his trio in this modest-but-elegant salon a stone's throw from Helsinki's main railway station, alongside ...


Article: Live Review

European Jazz Conference 2022

Read "European Jazz Conference 2022" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

European Jazz Conference 2022 Toplo Centrala Sofia, Bulgaria September 22-25, 2022 More than 300 professionals, representing 180 member organizations from 38 countries, came together in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, for the eighth annual European Jazz Conference. The event is organized by the Europe Jazz Network, an organization founded in 1987 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Thomas Chapin, Lara Solnicki, Vijay Iyer and More

Read "Thomas Chapin, Lara Solnicki, Vijay Iyer and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

From April 2021, this show features a lot of lesser-heard musicians such as Lara Solnicki, Rodrigo Faina, Juhani Aaltonen, and the late Thomas Chapin. There are also more familiar names in the mix such as Paul Motian, Vijay Iyer, and Tom Harrell. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from ...


Article: Album Review

The Clarinet Trio: Transformations and Further Passages

Read "Transformations and Further Passages" reviewed by John Eyles

A clarinet trio is a chamber trio comprising a clarinet, a bowed string instrument such as a violin, viola or cello, and a piano; the phrase can also refer to a composition written for such a trio. However, away from such matters, The Clarinet Trio is the name of a three-clarinet group which first recorded together ...


Article: Album Review

Total Music Association: Walpurgisnacht

Read "Walpurgisnacht" reviewed by John Sharpe

German free jazz enjoys a celebrated history. But while the likes of Peter Brötzmann, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Albert Mangelsdorff are among the marquee names, there's a whole other strata of lesser known entities. Among them is the short-lived Total Music Association, whose only LP, Walpurgisnacht, constitutes a revelatory reissue by the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint. It ...


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