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Albert Mangelsdorff

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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

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Article: Book Review

Bruno Tommaso: La Scuola che sognavo

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La Scuola che sognavo Bruno Tommaso con Alfredo Gasponi 209 pagine ISBN: 978-88-905478-3-6 EDI-PAN Edizioni Musicali 2020 Questa non è una biografia, anche se è composta da un mosaico di tessere biografiche. Bruno Tommaso definisce il testo un libello, ma c'è molto di più: una serie di riflessioni su ...

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Article: Album Review

Kurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra: The Unreleased WDR Jazz Recordings 1957 - 1974

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This 3xCD collection of recordings by Kurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra is culled from over three thousand individual tracks recorded under the auspices of Cologne, Germany radio station WDR over close on twenty years. It is, as the expression goes, a curate's egg. That is to say, parts of it are excellent and parts of it ...

Article: Album Review

Yves Rousseau Septet: Fragments

Read "Fragments" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi


Yves Rousseau, contrabbassista e compositore francese, è uno dei quei personaggi talmente poliedrici ed eclettici che è davvero difficile circoscrivere all'interno di un genere o uno stile. Classe 1961, vanta una carriera densa di lavori e, soprattutto, di incontri che lo hanno portato sulla retta via di un jazz contemporaneo, melodico, ibrido e sempre ricco di ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Florian Weiss e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Florian Weiss e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Siamo sempre alla ricerca del cuore della melodia. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La presenza, in tutti i sensi. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice Ogni volta che ...

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Article: Live Review

12 Points Festival 2019

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Bimhuis 12 Points Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands September 25-28, 2019 Jazz, as a diverse and heterogeneous field by nature, is represented at each 12 Points edition by young musicians and groups (age 35) with a strong artistic profile and solid and attractive performance capabilities. The festival represents in a nutshell what the ...

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Article: Live Review

Garda Jazz 2019

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Garda Jazz Festival Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole e altre località dell'Alto Garda 26.7-10.8.2019 Il Garda Jazz Festival, giunto alla sua diciannovesima edizione nella attuale formula, che coinvolge numerosi comuni trentini del Basso Sarca, affonda però le proprie radici negli anni Ottanta, nell'eredità del glorioso e storico Torbole Jazz. Il cartellone ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

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A labor of love, Cosmic Forest was compiled by Italian musician, producer and DJ Nicola Conte to both revisit and present to a new audience Conte's favorite “spiritual jazz" recordings from MPS Records' 1965--'75 catalog. Eight of these thirteen pieces came from albums released as part of the MPS label's mid-1970s “Jazz Meets the World" series ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)

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Hip Spanic All-Stars Old-School Revolution Self-Produced 2018 If you think that Old School Revolution sounds both familiar and new, you're right. In the late 2000s, bassist and singer Happy Sanchez, saxophonist Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), percussionist Karl Perazzo (a longstanding member of Santana), ...

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Article: Album Review

Tibor Prettschnöder: The Largo And The Lame

Read "The Largo And The Lame" reviewed by Mark Corroto


By now it is generally accepted that there is such a category as Germanic free improvisation. One separate from the Peter Brötzmann, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Günter Sommer, Peter Kowald, Manfred Schoof, Gerd Dudek, Albert Mangelsdorff, etc, etc. school of free jazz that machine-gunned its way into the European scene of the late 1960s. These new rebels ...


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