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Article: Multiple Reviews

Di Zappa di più

Read "Di Zappa di più" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Sono passati 27 anni da quando Frank Zappa ci ha prematuramente lasciato, ma la sua figura di musicista è ben lontana dall'essere dimenticata, o anche semplicemente messa da parte. Questo sicuramente anche grazie all'attività dei figli Dweezil e Ahmet, il primo con i tour mondiali della sua band Zappa plays Zappa dedicata alla musica del padre, ...

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Article: Radio

Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we continue the retrospective dedicated to Frank Zappa's complex relationship with jazz, through a mix of the jazzier compositions performed by Zappa himself and countless tributes to his music paid by jazz musicians. As Frank Zappa loved to say, quoting Edgard Varèse, “the present day composer refuses to die" and the ...

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Article: Radio

Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Frank Zappa may have said “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death. On Freak Out, one of the most impressive debut albums of all times, he ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Naima/Live in Berlin

Read "Naima/Live in Berlin" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Saxophonist Alan Skidmore has worked in many, many different settings during a career that stretches back to the early sixties with Alexis Korner--one of the three 'Fathers of British Blues" (paternity disputed!). That career has included recordings with John Mayall and Eric Clapton, Georgie Fame, Sonny Boy Williamson, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook, Mike Gibbs, the Walker ...

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Article: Radio

Film Noir, a Jazz Investigation

Read "Film Noir, a Jazz Investigation" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In search of clues about the key components that make it possible to build the mood, the suspense, the intrigue, the build-up of tension, the adrenaline rush and the release in a good film noir with a jazz soundtrack, or in the jazz soundtrack of an imaginary film noir. Plus an interview with German-born, ...

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Article: The Big Question

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

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Article: Album Review

Alan Skidmore: After The Rain

Read "After The Rain" reviewed by Duncan Heining


In 1998, with After The Rain British saxophonist Alan Skidmore got to achieve a lifetime ambition to record this beautiful 'jazz with strings' album. Out of print for some time, its reissue is well overdue. It was once a cliché in the jazz world amongst critics that records such as this represented a descent into the ...

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Article: Live Review

ELBJAZZ 2017

Read "ELBJAZZ 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson


ELBJAZZ 2017 Blohm and Voss/various venues Hamburg, Germany June 2-3, 2017 Although Gregory Porter was the marquee name at the sixth edition of Elbjazz, with a strong supporting cast including Joshua Redman, Jan Garbarek, Hildegard Lernt Fliegen and Youn Sun Nah, the real star of the show was the spectacular festival ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz Found Alive! Man In Blue Suede Shoes Wanted For Questioning.

Read "Jazz Found Alive! Man In Blue Suede Shoes Wanted For Questioning." reviewed by Duncan Heining


Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra LSO St. Lukes London October 17, 2015 The gap between the music that Colin Towns makes and much that currently passes for jazz grew even wider last weekend. Performing compositions from his new double CD Drama with his stellar Mask Orchestra, the composer-bandleader revealed the music's potential ...


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