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David Sylvian

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The David Sylvian that fronted new wave pop band Japan wore luminescent hair and glam make-up; on the cover of his solo debut, 1984's Brilliant Trees, he was stylish and refined, a gentleman popster. But the illustration that introduces 2003's Blemish sends a different message: he's bedraggled and unshaven, his far-off expression turned haunted. The new millennium has seen a more serious Sylvian, several steps further along on his musical journey and seeking new sounds to explain new traumas. While Japan started off as one of many '70s New Romantic bands, they made an unpredictable break with their hit "Ghosts" - a searching and evocative single where spare rhythms and fleeting electronic sounds lay under Sylvian's smouldering tenor

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Article: Book Review

Masayoshi Sukita: Eternity

Read "Masayoshi Sukita: Eternity" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Eternity Masayoshi Sukita 256 Pages ISBN: 9781788841078 ACC Art Books 2021 People may or may not recognize his name but they have certainly seen his photographs. For the past 50 years, photographer Masayoshi Sukita and his camera have captured an enormous number of genuinely emblematic images of pop ...

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Article: Album Review

Skúli Sverrisson With Bill Frisell: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Ian Patterson


A meeting of minds, of hearts and of souls. Strata may be the first recording of the duo of Icelandic bassist Skuli Sverrisson and guitarist Bill Frisell, but so attuned are the musicians to each other's wavelengths, and so spellbinding their common language, that you could be forgiven for thinking they had played in this format ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

When Jazz Pops, Part 2

Read "When Jazz Pops, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Ornette Coleman playing for Lou Reed? Or the Sun Ra Arkestra together with Steven Bernstein's Sexmob Orchestra backing U2 courtesy of Hal Willner? And Kenny Wheeler collaborating with both David Sylvian and Joni Mitchell? This and many more fascinating collaborations between jazz masters and pop and rock musicians in this playlist.Happy listening!Playlist ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Elsewhere Return Visitors

Read "Elsewhere Return Visitors" reviewed by John Eyles


As the Elsewhere label's third anniversary, in July 2021, closely followed the June release of its fifteenth and sixteenth albums, it seemed an appropriate time to look back. In a way, those two albums tell a large part of the story as, together, they feature three musicians who are all return visitors to the label, Anastassis ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Kari Kirkland

Read "Take Five with Kari Kirkland" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Kari Kirkland Kari Kirkland's debut album 'Wild is the Wind' was produced and arranged by four-time Grammy©-nominee, pianist, composer, and arranger Shelly Berg. He assembled an impressive cast of players for the recording: legendary guitarist Dean Parks, Kevin Axt (Tierney Sutton) on bass, and drummer Gregg Field (Frank Sinatra), with Berg himself on piano. The ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 2

Read "The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Bill Frisell's instrumental voice is instantly recognizable, whether displaying its skronky side in John Zorn's Naked City or his sublime and delicate voicings infused of high-end Americana. Equally distinctive are his compositions which more and more of his peers have been incorporating into their repertoires, in a process of metabolization that goes back to the 1990s ...

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Article: Album Review

Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang: Snow Catches on her Eyelashes

Read "Snow Catches on her Eyelashes" reviewed by John Eyles


Although they had been collaborating since the early 90s, the first recording on which the Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset and American-born, Norway-resident Jan Bang appeared together was Bang's Pop Killer (Virgin, 1998). In the years since, Aarset and Bang have collaborated on many more albums, but this is the first to credit them as a duo. ...

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Article: Year in Review

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Part 1 | Part 2 Every year the 'Best-of' game is underway again. But, “best of what?" is the immediate question. It's almost impossible for fishes of prey to hunt in a huge herring swarm, or for birds of prey to hunt in those huge budgerigar swarms. 'The best' is a choice from the ...

Article: Interview

Carmen Souza: messaggera di una musica senza confini

Read "Carmen Souza: messaggera di una musica senza confini" reviewed by Paolo Marra


Ascoltare la musica e la voce di Carmen Souza significa immergersi in luoghi incontaminati di spiagge assolate e acque color turchese in cui il Jazz e la musica tradizionale di Capo Verde, la Morna, si incontrano per dare vita ad alchimie di suoni, profumi e suggestioni poliritmiche. Nata in Portogallo ma di origini Capoverdiane ...


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