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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine / Kombank Dvorana Belgrade Serbia October 22-28, 2019 Reaching its 35th edition, the Belgrade Jazz Festival added extra shows at the beginning and end of its run, making up a full week, or eight days, if the opening dj night is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maciej Obara Quartet: Three Crowns

Read "Three Crowns" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

For its sophomore ECM release this Polish/Norwegian quartet titled the album after the Trzy Korony summit of the Pieniny mountain range in the south of Poland. While it may be premature to describe the album as a peak or summit, it is a substantial artistic statement. There have been prior jazz interpretations of works by Polish ...

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Dominik Wania, Satoko Fujii, Alistair Spence And More

Read "Dominik Wania, Satoko Fujii, Alistair Spence And More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Italian saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano's latest recording is really about love--not so much the romantic kind, but more about the love that jazz musicians and fans have for enduring compositions written by the likes of Charlie Haden, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Coltrane, Dewey Redman and Don Cherry. And let's not forget about creative music's love affair ...

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

Read "3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition" reviewed by Ian Patterson

3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music Luslawice/Kraków Poland July 25-28, 2018 “An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazzahead! 2018

Read "Jazzahead! 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Bremen Trade Fair Hall Jazzahead! Bremen, Germany April 21-23, 2018 Jazzahead!, the three-day annual jazz marketplace marketplace of/for jazz in the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany with 3,283 participants from 61 countries stood strong and steady again this year. A total of 40 showcases over three ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maciej Obara: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Seemingly from thin air, the meditative music on Unloved, Polish alto saxophonist Maciej Obara's ECM debut, envelopes you in its improvisatory, chamber atmosphere and stays with you through the darker parts of the day. Spectral piano Dominik Wania, expressive double bass Ole Morten Vagan and airy percussion Gard Nilssden, composers and band leaders all, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maciej Obara: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Unloved marks a before and after for alto saxophonist/composer Maciej Obara, whose star has gradually risen since his debut as leader, Message from Ohayo (Polish Radio Katowice, 2007), and his subsequent stint with Tomasz Stanko's New Balladyna Quartet. However, it's arguably with his quintet Obara International, featuring Dominik Wania, Gard Nilssen, Ole Morten Vågan and Tom ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I nuovi percorsi del Polish Jazz

Read "I nuovi percorsi del Polish Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Una nuova generazione si fa avanti con determinazione sulla scena del Jazz polacco e molti trovano accoglienza nel catalogo della For-Tune. L'etichetta si propone ambiziosamente di “salvare dall'oblio i fenomeni musicali di natura eterna." Non si rivolge esclusivamente al jazz o agli artisti polacchi e il suo catalogo ospita anche lavori di William Parker, Mary Halvorson, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Obara International Quartet at Dizzy's Cub Coca-Cola

Read "Obara International Quartet at Dizzy's Cub Coca-Cola" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Obara International Quartet Dizzy's Cub Coca-Cola June 30, 2015 New York, NY On their US debut, the binational (Polish/Norwegian) quartet led by alto saxophonist Maciej Obara kicked off their early set with an up-tempo piece that began with a screaming solo from the leader, who played a flurry ...


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