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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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Louis Sclavis, David León, Roby Glod & Joy Guidry

Read "Louis Sclavis, David León, Roby Glod & Joy Guidry" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Reed players have taken over the house this week. The eminent clarinetist Louis Sclavis stars in an excellent quartet using music, text and spoken word to create a moody sonic landscape out of short stories, poems and aphorisms by French and African authors. Other European saxophonists heard are Luxembourg's Roby Glod in a familiar setting with ...

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Jazz&Wine of Peace 2023

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace 2023" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Jazz&Wine of Peace 2023 Cormons e altre località del Friuli e della Brda slovena Varie sedi 26-29.10.2023 Tagliato un importante traguardo con la splendida edizione celebrativa del venticinquennale, il Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormons ha ripreso il suo corso, che ne fa uno dei festival più interessanti della penisola, approntando ...

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Caroline Davis, Hery Paz & Niescier/Reid/Harris

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Highlights: Captivity, the new recording by saxophonist Caroline Davis is a pointedly social justice album focused on creating reflection, interrogation and amplification of the essential conversation around incarceration, the prison industrial complex & abolition. It's a very powerful project. Another excellent alto player, Germany's Angelika Niescier hooked up with premier cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Savannah ...

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Carlos Bica, Coltrane/Dolphy & James Brandon Lewis

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This show is highlighted by Portuguese bassist Carlos Bica's latest release on Clean Feed--Playing With Beethoven. Bica creates some very unexpected music. No one expected to hear em>Evenings At The Village Gate: John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy; the original recording sat undiscovered for many years. But it's now available and there's a great deal of buzz ...

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Steve Swell, Asher Gamedze, Dan Rosenboom & Fergus Quill

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An energetic episode this time around on One Man's Jazz! There's plenty of punch from South African drummer and composer Asher Gamedze, trombonist Steve Swell's Fire Into Music (featuring the late Jemeel Moondoc), L.A. trumpeter Dan Rosenboom with a killer band, New Zealand mates drummer Edward Ware and saxophonist Jeff Henderson reunion, the quirky Imaginary Big ...

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The Gathering—Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz, Survival Unit II & Hot Heroes

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With only one opportunity left to program some music to recognize Black History Month, I decided to dedicate the last hour music by some of the great Black musicians making their own history (Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith and Graham Haynes & Oliver Lake of OGJB) and The Gathering: Roots And Branches of Los ...

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Gordon Grdina, Milton Man Gogh, & Jungle Debris

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Vancouver guitarist and oud specialist Gordon Grdina decided starting his own label—Attaboygirl—was a necessary direction in which to head; he's released two very different recordings to start: the all solo, Pendulum, and Kloski with his quartet Square Peg which includes Mat Maneri, Christian Lillinger and Shahzad Ismaily. The Australian trio, Milton Man Gogh, is back with ...

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Vijay Anderson, Francois Houle & Susan Alcorn

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One could almost make the case that this episode is a reverse sandwich, with the filling on the outside, considering the first tracks from a sizzling hot Vijay Anderson Trio and the windup tune from pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn and her fine band of Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Mark Feldman and Ryan Sawyer. You could ...

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Festa do Jazz 2020

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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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