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chuffDRONE combines five charismatic musicians, each of them with his or her own approach to Jazz. Five mindful team-players who dive into each other’s musical performance with full commitment. With head and heart they compose controlled outlets for uncontrollable eruptions, they orchestrate silence and transform ecstasy into rhythm. chuffDRONE unites energy with poetry, mischief with perfection. By counting on the power of the collective, borders between composition and improvisation disappear and the different instruments merge into one charged, pulsating sound, whose attraction a listener can hardly resist. For several years now the young quintet chuffDRONE a has been right in the middle of Austria’s experimental jazz-scene and had the opportunity to play at renowned international festivals like Jazzfestival Buenos Aires, 12 Points Festival (Aarhus, Denmark), Jazz in the Ruins (Poland), Jazzfestival Saalfelden, or Kick Jazz at Porgy & Bess (Austria), a.o. In their current line-up you’ll find – besides the founders Judith Schwarz, Lisa Hofmaninger and Judith Ferstl – since 2018 Jul Dillier and Robert Schröck to complete the strong collective.

Actio / re:actio

Label: Jazzwerkstatt records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD: Calling For Strength; Nid Alls; Nonololo; Asue; They Say They Don't Belong To Us; Fresh Start; Beyond M94. LP: Friday 20 15; He Plays Blue For Her; Beyond M94; Sein & haben.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lynn Cassiers, AHL6, Alessandra Novaga & New Releases

Read "Lynn Cassiers, AHL6, Alessandra Novaga & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A Belgian vocalist that turns the Great American Songbook inside out, young Austrian creative minds, female guitar experimentalists, an all female ensemble and the band that brings the Allman Brothers spirit to Rahsaan Roland Kirk town... To find out more, I guess you'll have to click on the player and find out for yourself!

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The French Scene - Part 1

Read "The French Scene - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Historically, the French scene has played a vital role in the world of jazz, so let's celebrate Bastille day and pay tribute to the French way of Jazz, exploring in particular the work of a captivating crop of contemporary French musicians who have developed a very original way to blend their love for jazz with multitude ...

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Andrew D'Angelo, Nubya Garcia, Raoul Björkenheim & New Releases

Read "Andrew D'Angelo, Nubya Garcia, Raoul Björkenheim & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we have a wide-ranging palette, as well go from the maelstroms of Andrew D'Angelo's DNA Orchestra and Raoul Björkenheim's Interstellar Coltrane, to the subtleties of Mara Rosenbloom, Nathalie Darche and João Lencastre's Communion 3, through the fertile collaborations between the indie darlings Deerhoof with Wadada Leo Smith, or Nubya Garcia and Joe Armon-Jones while ...

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James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor, Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more

Read "James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor,  Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Mark this one down on your “must-get" list: Live in Willisau by saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Chad Taylor. It's on Intakt Records, captured live at the annual Willisau Festival in Switzerland. Excellent recording, one that zooms to my favourites of 2020 list. This episode is filled with music from new releases from pianist Alexander ...

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Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Dag Magnus Narvesen and More

Read "Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Dag Magnus Narvesen and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There are several new albums sampled in this episode, beginning with a pair of bands from Toronto--bassist Pete Johnston's See Through 4 which features pianist Marilyn Lerner, and drummer Ernesto Cervini's quartet. Avant-garde collaborators Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Dag Magnus Narvesen reunited for another duo session of very out-there explorations on Liminal Field. Revisiting his past ...

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Black History Month Special Hour of Poetry & Jazz

Read "Black History Month Special Hour of Poetry & Jazz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The salute to Black History Month continues in this episode with an entire hour devoted to poetry and music, as well as more from Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited. New albums sampled are from New Orleans' trio Nutria, microtonal keyboardist Giorgi Mikadze from Georgia (the country of Georgia), trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and her band Impermanence, ...

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Chuffdrone: Actio / re:actio

Read "Actio / re:actio" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This young Austrian collective's sophomore effort is quite an ambitious undertaking. Divided over a CD and a vinyl LP, Chuffdrone offer up a passionate set of urgent and extensive tunes which are constructed around the reciprocity of improvisation and composition. Each member of the quintet has a say and puts their individual spin on a variety ...

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chuffDRONE, Treesearch & Mark Segger

Read "chuffDRONE, Treesearch & Mark Segger" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is a mixed bag of some newer releases and some recent ones definitely worthy of revisiting. The Austrian quintet chuffDrone takes an interesting approach to its highly polished improvisation, while the duo of bassist Rob Clutton and saxophonist Tony Malaby create an album of gems on Offering; it's the kind of personal connection that ...


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