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David Friedman

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David Friedman is considered to be one of the most influential vibraphonists in the history of the instrument. Internationally renowned as a vibraphonist, marimbist, composer and jazz educator, he has his own musical message, born of fascinatingly diverse musical influences. Having worked with such varied musical personalities as Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Berio, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter and Yoko Ono, few jazz musicians can claim as broad a spectrum of performing and recording experience. The list doesn't stop there. Friedman has been heard either live or on recordings with, among others, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Johnny Griffin, Hubert Laws, Jane Ira Bloom, Ron Carter and John Scofield

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Article: Interview

Meeco: Keeping It Real

Read "Meeco: Keeping It Real" reviewed by Chris May


The Berlin-based producer and composer Meeco has a niche but devoted following, built up over a series of romantically inclined and elegant albums released between 2009 and 2014. The discs, which have pronounced Latin flavours, are Amargo Mel (Connector, 2009), Perfume E Caricias (Connector, 2010), Beauty Of The Night (Connector, 2012) and Souvenirs Of Love (Double ...

Album

Sogni D’oro

Label: Malletmuse
Released: 2021
Track listing: Penta e Uno; Komodo no kodomo; Sea Lady; Carousel; Xylon 1; Xylon 4; Sogno D’oro; Scharfenberg.

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Teddy Wilson, Harry Allen & Rahsaan Barber

Read "Teddy Wilson, Harry Allen & Rahsaan Barber" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a crop of new young jazz lions, we begin the 713th Episode of Neon Jazz with Rahsaan Barber with a cut off his latest 2021 release Mosaic. We also take a look into the music of other new cats like Jack Brandfield, Emily Kuhn and David Lord. We wrap up this summer themed hour with ...

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Article: Album Review

Berlin Mallet Group: Sogni D’oro

Read "Sogni D’oro" reviewed by John Eyles


Berlin Mallet Group is a new ensemble in which all five members play vibraphone and/or marimba, making it a unique group, the only improvising mallet ensemble of its kind. Two members of the quintet are key, David Friedman and Taiko Saito who together produced Sogni D'oro (Italian for “Sweet Dreams"). Considered an influential vibraphonist in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii / Taiko Saito: Beyond

Read "Beyond" reviewed by John Sharpe


Right from the off, the confluence of grainy flicker and humming drone signals that Beyond won't be like other vibraphone/piano hook ups. Under the moniker Futari, Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and her Berlin-based countrywoman vibraphonist Taiko Saito don't so much take the road less traveled as revel in the thickets, brambles and unexpected clearings discovered when ...

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Article: Interview

Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 2

Read "Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 2" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Part 1 | Part 2 Richie Beirach hovers somewhat mysteriously in the pantheon of the great modern jazz pianists. Some of the others in that category from his generation (coming up in the 1960s/'70s), like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Kenny Barron have greater celebrity, but Beirach easily qualifies alongside them as ...

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Article: Interview

Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 1

Read "Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 1" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Part 1 | Part 2 Richie Beirach hovers somewhat mysteriously in the pantheon of the great modern jazz pianists. Some of the others in that category from his generation (coming up in the 1960s/'70s), like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Kenny Barron have greater celebrity, but Beirach easily qualifies alongside them as ...

Article: Album Review

Andrea Biondi: Matching Alea

Read "Matching Alea" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Illustrando la fattura di quest'album Andrea Biondi spiega: “Sia i temi che parte delle armonie e degli impianti formali sono emersi da un'organizzazione volutamente random mischiando le tecniche della dodecafonia con l'idea di John Cage che nel 1950 si servì del Libro dei Mutamenti, I Ching, per fare scelte compositive senza l'intervento della sua volontà, in ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

A Conversation with Mike Mainieri

Read "A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" reviewed by Anthony Smith


The following is an excerpt from the chapter “A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" of Masters of the Vibes by Anthony Smith (Marimba Productions, 2017). So you've been working on a new project this week? Yes, just finishing some overdubs... it's a project I'm involved in with some friends, but I really can't ...


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