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Dominique Pifarély

Dominique Pifarély modernized jazz violin, combining extraordinary technical skills with an inclusive idea of music-making. He has been soon very in-demand as a straight jazz player, but was soon in some of the more adventurous groups in Europe, too, including Mike Westbrook’s band (On Dukes’ Birthday, hatART) and the Vienna Art Orchestra. In 1979, he began touring with bassist Didier Levallet and guitarist Gérard Marais as a trio. In the 1980s he began leading his own bands, as can be heard on 2 records, Insula Dulcamara (1988) et Oblique (1992). In 1985, Pifarély started to work with reedist Louis Sclavis and in 1992, they formed the Sclavis/Pifarély Acoustic Quartet, featuring guitarist Marc Ducret and bassist Bruno Chevillon, and recorded for ECM

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Sylvaine Hélary: Glowing Life

Read "Glowing Life" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Is flute an odd one out in the present jazz field? Not really and not at all in France. France not only has Michel Edelin in the older generation, it has still more flautists in the younger generation that are also bandleaders in their own right, for example Magic Malik, Eve Risser, Naïssam Jalal and, of ...

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PUI4: A Pearl In Dirty Hands

Read "A Pearl In Dirty Hands" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Più volte negli ultimi Nicola Guazzaloca ha lavorato in Portogallo, sia esibendosi con compagni italiani (come nel caso del duo con Edoardo Marraffa, documentato in Em Portugal!), sia collaborando con artisti locali, come in questo A Pearl In Dirty Hands dei PUI4, quartetto che lo vede a fianco dei portoghesi Joao Pedro Viegas al clarinetto basso, ...

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The Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook al Teatro Golden di Palermo

Read "The Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook al Teatro Golden di Palermo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


The Uncommon Orchestra --Mike Westbrook Nomos Jazz Teatro Golden Palermo 16-11-2018 Giunto all'ottava edizione, Nomos Jazz ha ormai assunto il ruolo guida nella programmazione del jazz internazionale in Sicilia. Lo testimoniano i tre cartelloni della sua stagione concertistica 2018/2019, che faranno di Palermo una delle capitali europee della musica. ...

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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 ...

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Bergamo Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Bergamo Jazz Festival 2018 Varie sedi Bergamo 18-25.3.2018 Ha festeggiato la 40ma edizione --dal 18 al 25 marzo --, uno dei più longevi festival nazionali ed europei, confermando la sua centralità con un ricco e variopinto programma che ha spaziato in vari ambiti senza cedere sul versante della qualità. In ...

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Tracé Provisoire

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Le peuple effacé I; Tracé provisoire I; Le peuple effacé II; Vague I; Le regard de Lenz; Tracé provisoire II; Tout a déjà commencé; Vague II.

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John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman


For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

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Louis Sclavis / Dominique Pifarély / Vincent Courtois: Asian Fields Variations

Read "Asian Fields Variations" reviewed by John Kelman


Few artists on the ECM roster reinvent themselves as regularly--and with such consistent success--as Louis Sclavis. While it is true that the French clarinetist (and occasional soprano/baritone saxophonist) often draws (and re-draws) from a gradually expanding pool of musicians, there are few label mates who have released as many albums as Sclavis, where the lineups literally ...


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