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Greg Burk Trio: Nothing, Knowing

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Let's presume it's not too obvious a question, almost a century since King Oliver taught Satchmo how to blow his soul out the end of his horn and say what he damn well felt like saying. Exactly what is the relationship between improvisation and jazz? Pianist Greg Burk tackles this question on Nothing, Knowing, with nine ...


Article: From Far and Wide

Estonian Jazz and the Avant-Garde: Far-out in the Baltics

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Estonia is a land of music. Its runic folk song tradition predates the Vikings and its people lift their voices at the slightest provocation. Not surprising, then, that Soviet rule was finally ended in 1991 by the bloodless Singing Revolution --a cycle of mass demonstrations in which a fifth of the population gathered to sing national ...


Article: Live Review

Soundtrack to a Legend: Jack Johnson & Jack DeJohnette in London

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Jack Johnson: Soundtrack to a Legend The Barbican London, UK May 30, 2005Drummer Jack DeJohnette was a driving force in helping to take Miles Davis's music into interesting realms in the 1970s, providing a fluid yet powerful backbone that somehow combined funk, free jazz and rock on such overdriven ...


Article: Live Review

Jazzkaar Festival: International Jazz in Estonia

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Jazzkaar Tallinn, Estonia 22nd April - 30th April 2005 Take two nights in Tallinn, medieval capital of Baltic Estonia, at the 16th annual Jazzkaar festival, two nights pretty much chosen at random from the week of concerts, and you'll notice two interesting and important things that say a lot about the ...


Article: Live Review

Henri Texier's Strada Sextet: Vive la Revolution!

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Henri Texier Pavillion Theatre, Brighton, UK 17th March 2005 Tonight the air is full of revolt. Not just because of the fiery music on offer, or the defiant spirit of '68 embodied in the calmly radical physical presence of Henri Texier, the revolutionary elder statesman. No, tonight we almost witness another ...


Article: Live Review

London Jazz Festival 2004

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Index Future Sounds of Jazz Matthew Bourne and the Distortion Trio Ganelin Trio Clearframe Bicycle Clip Sex/Gail Brand and Gina Southgate/Badland Future Sounds of Jazz Royal Festival Hall, London, UK November 12th 2004 The first thing to note ...


Article: Live Review

London Jazz Festival: Anthony Braxton Quintet + Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon & Tony Oxley

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Anthony Braxton Quintet + Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon & Tony Oxley Royal Festival Hall London, UK November 15th, 2004 Every now and then there comes a show, like this heavyweight double-bill, that seems laden with a sense of its own importance, like history in the making. How frustrating, then, ...


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