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Liebman, Rudolph & Drake: Chi

Read "Chi" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Poco meno di un'ora di improvvisazione divisa in sei parti, due delle quali molto lunghe, per un trio che non aveva mai suonato assieme prima e che ha una struttura piuttosto singolare, vedendo le ance di Dave Liebman accompagnate da due percussionisti, Adam Rudolph e Hamid Drake. I tre artisti si avvalgono della pregressa intesa maturata ...

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Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers: Fela's First

Read "Fela's First" reviewed by Chris May

Lost recordings released for the first time! First, the back story.... In 1958, aged 19, Fela Kuti left the highlife scene in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was on the first steps of a career as a trumpeter, and travelled to London. His mother hoped he would enrol in medical school, as his late father ...

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Cene Resnik Free Stellar Trio + Rob Mazurek: Age Of Chaos

Read "Age Of Chaos" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È una lunghissima improvvisazione collettiva di 55 minuti ripresa il 17 maggio 2018 al ventitreesimo Jazz Cerkno Festival. Protagonisti il Free Stellar trio del sassofonista Cene Resnik con ospite Rob Mazurek al piccolo trumpet. Chi non è avvezzo all'estetica della libera improvvisazione può essere indotto in errore dal titolo che non intende riferirsi alla musica prodotta ...

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The Bad Plus: Activate Infinity

Read "Activate Infinity" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Quando alla fine del 2017 Ethan Iverson lasciò i Bad Plus si parlò di fine di un'era per uno dei piano jazz trio più originali e longevi della musica contemporanea. Sempre aperti a nuove sperimentazioni e a sconfinamenti che li hanno portati a contaminare il loro post-bop jazz di partenza già di per sé istrionico con ...

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Jon Hassell: Seeing Through Sound: Pentimento Volume Two

Read "Seeing Through Sound: Pentimento Volume Two" reviewed by Chris May

By the time even the most radical musicians reach their ninth decade, few are any longer making cutting-edge work. But trumpeter, electronicist and composer Jon Hassell, a collaborator with Terry Riley and La Monte Young in the 1960s and the creator of Fourth World music in the 1970s, remains as venturesome as ever. ...

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Michele Grossi Blend 3: Lubok

Read "Lubok" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Formazione molto interessante, capitanata dal contrabbassista Andrea Grossi ma di fatto paritetica, Blend 3 è un trio completato dal sax contralto di Manuel Caliumi e dalla chitarra di Michele Bonifati, che dà vita a una musica in equilibrio tra scrittura e improvvisazione a partire da spunti compositivi estremamente sofisticati. Il lavoro si avvia con ...

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Marcin Wasilewski Trio & Joe Lovano: Arctic Riff

Read "Arctic Riff" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Like standing before a frozen lake as it becomes a palette for the morning sun, “Glimmer of Hope" ripens swiftly, deftly into an illuminating, direly-needed respite from the mourning that has besieged listeners. Ecstatically, it is just the preface to Arctic Riff's expansive beauty. As if conjured from mist, pianist Marcin Wasilewski's contented, yet ...

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Leni Stern: 4

Read "4" reviewed by Jim Worsley

For her twenty-second record as a leader, Leni Stern entitled the album 4 (LSR, 2020). No mathematical difficulties here. With the addition of keyboardist Leo Genovese, her band now comprises four musicians. Stern's longtime contributors, percussionist Alioune Faye and bassist Mamadou Ba, formidably round out the quartet. You may recall her last album, sans Genovese, was ...

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Orice Jenkins: Centennial Cole

Read "Centennial Cole" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nel suo pregevole secondo album (Soar, Truth Revolution Records 2016) Orice Jenkins aveva già cantato uno dei successi di Nat King Cole -"When I Fall In Love" -rendendo esplicite la vicinanza affettiva e la somiglianza stilistica con quel grande interprete. La giovane voce del cantante di Hartford (Connecticut) non ha ancora la profondità e ...

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Avery Sharpe: 400: An African American Musical Portrait

Read "400: An African American Musical Portrait" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sono passati quattrocento anni dal primo agosto 1619, quando una nave olandese sbarcò una ventina di africani nell'insediamento inglese di Jamestown in Virginia. Erano stati sottratti a un bastimento spagnolo diretto in America latina ma visto che erano stati battezzati--e il codice inglese proibiva di ridurre in schiavitù dei cristiani--lavorarono come servitori a debito. Una sorta ...


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