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Egberto Gismonti

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Egberto Gismonti was born in 1947 in Carmo, Brazil. He began his formal music studies at the age of six. After studying classical piano for 15 years, he went to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger (orchestration and analysis), and composer Jean Barraqué, a disciple of Schönberg and Webern. Returning to Brazil, Gismonti began to glimpse a reality broader than that of classical music alone. He was attracted by Ravel's ideas of orchestration and chord voicings, as well as by choro, a Brazilian popular instrumental genre where varied kinds of guitars, reeds and percussion are featured

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Article: Album Review

Ramiro Pinheiro: Sentido

Read "Sentido" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


On his charming debut, Sentido, accomplished guitarist Ramiro Pinheiro demonstrates that he is also an exciting composer and songwriter. The Sāo Paulo native, now based in Barcelona, has crafted an effervescent batch of originals for this enchanting album which he interprets with his quartet and several guest musicians. The release is traditional Brazilian jazz delivered with ...

Article: Interview

L'autorevole inventiva di Salvatore Maiore

Read "L'autorevole inventiva di Salvatore Maiore" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Contrabbassista, violoncellista e compositore tra i più attivi in Italia, Salvatore Maiore ha evidenziato -nelle molte collaborazioni e nei progetti personali-una cifra espressiva particolarmente ricercata, dove il ruolo dei suoi strumenti assume un aspetto propositivo, in una chiara esaltazione delle forme melodiche e timbriche. Di recente ha pubblicato un progetto sulle musiche di Charles Mingus interpretate ...

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Article: Album Review

Norma Winstone & John Taylor: In Concert

Read "In Concert" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Una ristampa da non perdere. Questo concerto in duo di Norma Winstone e John Taylor dell'agosto 1988 esisteva in una rara edizione su cassetta del 1999 della Enodoc Records e documentava una performance estemporanea data alla Guildhall Music School di Londra. La Winstone e il suo marito d'allora (nonché partner negli Azimuth e in altri organici) ...

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Article: My Favourite Things

Andrea Grillini e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Andrea Grillini e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Sostanzialmente mi immagino delle fotografie, ricche di dettagli. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me Con i musicisti che suonano con me esiste un legame affettivo e umano. Sono persone con cui è nato uno scambio di informazioni, sancito da una profonda ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition" reviewed by Marc Cohn


During last month's Blue Note anniversary show we ran out of time. So this week we catch up with a Hank Mobley session for Blue Note from July 31, 1970 (well, that date was 'almost-August' anyway), after opening the show with mostly twenty-first century music. Then, it's on to Grant Green, live in Newark and Wayne ...

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Article: In Pictures

Reflektor Manfred Eicher, Part 2

Read "Reflektor Manfred Eicher, Part 2" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


Part 1 | Part 2 Photos from “Reflektor Mandred Eicher" held in Hamburg in The Elbphilharmonie. This is the second part of the Festival dedicated to ECM musicians and Manfred Eicher. February 5th and 6th I saw, among others Manfred Eicher, Avishai Cohen, Anouar Brahem, Egberto Gismonti, Meredith Monk, Tallin Chamber Orchestra, Pablo Marquez ...

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Article: Album Review

Aubrey Johnson: Unraveled

Read "Unraveled" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Serving as a statement of elucidation, exploration and emotional reasoning, Unraveled lays bare a unique soul while presenting a clear-headed means of disentangling complex artistic threads. It's an album that's as sophisticated as it is accessible and as personal as it is universal in its line(s) of thought. In short, it's a debut destined to stand ...

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Article: In Pictures

ECM50 At Lincoln Center

Read "ECM50 At Lincoln Center" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


Photos from the “ECM50" celebration held in at The Lincoln Center in New York on November 1st. The special event featured among others: Andrew Cyrille, Joe Lovano, Wadada Leo Smith, Anja Lechner, Avishai Cohen, Bill Frisell, Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Egberto Gismonti, Enrico Rava, Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, Larry Grenadier, Vijay Iyer, Jack DeJohnette, Nik Bartsch, ...


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