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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: 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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Article: Book Review

Bruno Tommaso: La Scuola che sognavo

Read "Bruno Tommaso: La Scuola che sognavo" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


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

Read "The Unreleased WDR Jazz Recordings 1957 - 1974" reviewed by Chris May


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

Read "Garda Jazz 2019" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


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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