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David Bowie

David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter and actor. Bowie was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, principally in the 1970s and 1980s. Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an early interest in music although his attempts to succeed as a pop star during much of the 1960s were frustrated. "Space Oddity" became his first top five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969

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Lucia Cadotsch: Speak Low II

Read "Speak Low II" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On their sophomore effort, the multinational European trio around Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch follows the band's initial instinct of organically dissecting and rearranging old favorites of the respective band members. This time around the trio is expanded by English keyboartdist Kit Downes' occasional organ embellishments and Lucy Railton's additions of odd melodic cello lines to conceptually ...

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Dan Wilensky: All In All

Read "All In All" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Dan Wilensky--who has played with everyone from Ray Charles to David Bowie to Jack McDuff-- offered up his take on some familiar pop tunes (The Beatles, The Youngbloods), a touch of George Gershwin and some Sammy Cahn on his 2018 offering, Good Music (Polyglot Music). Now it is (mostly) all Wilensky originals, the result of ...

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Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life

Read "Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Bowie's Books. The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life John O'Connell 263 Pages ISBN: 1526605805 Bloomsbury 2019 Only a handful of musicians have embraced the continuous changes of musical directions, characters, and styles that singer David Bowie has during his long and illustrious career. It is difficult to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tigran Hamasyan: The Call Within

Read "The Call Within" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Tigran Hamasyan had already demonstrated that he's an excellent pianist: He won the Montreux Jazz Festival's piano competition in 2003. He was only seventeen when he released his first recording (World Passion, Nocturn) in 2005 and then he claimed top prize the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition the year after that. Hamasyan's Nonesuch Records debut ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Love Letters & Postcards from the Jazz Heart

Read "Love Letters & Postcards from the Jazz Heart" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brian Andres Trio Latino Mayan Suite Bacalao Records 2020 Drummer and percussionist Brian Andres may have been born in Cincinnati but his musical homeland is Latin America. A drummer by age ten, Anders studied at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and eventually followed his Latin ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

C'è molto da dire sul nuovo album di Maria Schneider ma la prima e più importante considerazione riguarda la musica: sorprendente per ricchezza e novità di soluzioni, tensione narrativa e sintesi tra ricerca e tradizione. È uno dei suoi dischi più avvincenti e innovativi. L'incubazione del progetto è durata alcuni anni (il precedente The Thompson Fields ...

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Artisti Vari; Hal Willner: Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

Read "Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il maledetto killer invisibile, che tutto il mondo sta combattendo, si è portato via uno dei produttori più importanti della storia della musica moderna: il geniale, imprevedibile, incontenibile Hal Willner se ne è volato in cielo ai primi di aprile di questo anno terribile. Ha lasciato il pianeta mentre stava assestando gli ultimi colpi d'anca a ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The skillfully designed cover art tells part of the story; a leaf--half as nature intended--the remainder, a circuit board doppelganger. The pastoral soundscapes associated with the music of Grammy-winning composer/bandleader Maria Schneider belie her activist alter-ego. An outspoken critic of copyright protections, prejudicial revenue schemes and the abuses of “big data," Schneider has authored op-eds and ...

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Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures

Read "Rudy Royston: Little Steps, Big Pictures" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Everybody needs a helping hand now and then. Rudy Royston understands that. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused gigs to completely dry up for all musicians, and with that, their main income stream. Yet there are still mortgages, rents and bills to pay, and children to feed. It says something about the precarious finances of a jazz ...


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