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Carlos Bica

Double bass player and composer, Carlos Bica, is one of the most prolific and innovative sound artists of Portugal. Known for his lyrical tone on the double bass, Bica has the rare ability to write melodies that essentially are songs without words, haunting and unforgettable. "Both a remarkable composer and musician who knows how to mix his folkloric, lyrical roots with any modern style he encounters" —Double Bassist Among the several musical projects he leads along with various theatre, film and dance projects, his trio AZUL with Frank Möbus and Jim Black has become his showcase as a bass player and composer. MORE THAN THIS is the title of the brand new album by Carlos Bica & Azul with Frank Möbus and Jim Black. It has been twenty years since the release of Carlos Bica's Azul, the Portuguese double bass player's debut recording with German guitarist Frank Möbus and the American drummer Jim Black

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Festa do Jazz 2020

Read "Festa do Jazz 2020" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Centro Cultural Belem Festa do Jazz 2020 Lisbon September 12-13, 2020 Festa do Jazz, celebration of jazz, is the annual meeting of the Portuguese jazz community. It is normally held end of March/begin of April. For many years it took place in old glory theatre São Luis Municipal in the Baixa-Chiado ...

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Favourite Releases of 2019

Read "Favourite Releases of 2019" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode features some of my favourite recordings released in 2019, chosen from a year of some pretty damn fine music. It always seems that I tend toward bassist-led sessions, and that's the case again, with great recordings from Carlos Bica, Torbjorn Zetterberg and the Miles Perkin Quartet for starters. As well, more women artists appear ...

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Ingrid Laubrock, Aki Takase, Alexandra Grimal and More

Read "Ingrid Laubrock, Aki Takase, Alexandra Grimal and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode acknowledges a few of the outstanding and important female jazz improvisers who are becoming more and more prominent in the 21st century. You'll hear music from the mutual admiration duo of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Aki Takase, French saxophonist Alexandra Grimal displaying her talents on three differently focused albums, Estonian take-no-prisoners saxophonist Maria ...

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Day and Taxi, Adam Rudolph, Harish Raghavan and More

Read "Day and Taxi,  Adam Rudolph, Harish Raghavan and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

First out of the mixed bag of audio treats this week (it's Halloween after all!) is a track from Oliver Lake's first recording 43 years ago Ntu: The Point from Which Creation Begins. I haven't played Oliver in a while and that seemed like a good place to begin catching up. Adam Rudolph's epic project, Ragmala, ...

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Emma Frank: Well-Rounded And Quite Frank

Read "Emma Frank: Well-Rounded And Quite Frank" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Among today's protagonists, breaking the boundaries between what vocal jazz should and folk or singer-songwriter music can be--Gretchen Parlato, Esperanza Spalding or Rebecca Martin come to mind--jny: Boston-born and raised Emma Frank is deservedly making a name for herself. On her last outing Ocean Av (Susan Records, 2018) the singer's songwriting demonstrates the perfect balance between ...

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Albert Beger, Gianni Lenoci, Gabriel Ferrandini & More

Read "Albert Beger, Gianni Lenoci, Gabriel Ferrandini & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

It would be easy to riff on the title of bassist André Carvalho's new recording, The Garden of Earthly Delights, and come up with a very apt theme for this episode, something like Three Hours of Amazing Musical Colours, or The Crayola Effect. From Carvalho's release, based on Hieronymous Bosch's painting to the vibrant pastels of ...

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Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Tatge & Hans Ludemann

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Tatge & Hans Ludemann" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode evokes special memories of my first exposure to the Art Ensemble of Chicago many years ago. I was left in awe at the spectacle, let alone the originality and power of the music. We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, the new release from Pi Recordings brings that concert and much more ...

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No Euros Required

Read "No Euros Required" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a heavy European flavour to this episode as we explore the current scene in eleven different countries. Two albums on the Hungarian BMC label introduce BMC's latest round of releases: pianist Aki Takase (Germany) & her band, Japanic, and saxophonist Istvan Grensco & his Collective Special 5 (Hungary), which features the great American reed man, ...

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Quantum Trio, Baba Andrew Lamb & More

Read "Quantum Trio, Baba Andrew Lamb & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

My music GPS keeps pointing to bassist Carlos Bica for riveting music. His new release I Am the Escaped One finds him heading in a different direction than the usual guitar trio. This time he's working with German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann and turntablist DJ Illvibe. The result is captivating. Bica is now living in Germany but ...


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