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Emile Parisien

The French jazz scene has a vitality, an originality and a do-it- all and do-it-anyway mentality about it right now. It is French musicians who are blazing the new trails for contemporary European jazz. There is a wonderful open-mindedness towards all musical cultures, genres and tendencies; and yet French musicians also give off the sense of having a proper grounding in their own tradition. A musician who represents all of these tendencies ‘par excellence’ is saxophonist Emile Parisien. Born in Cahors in the wine-growing region of the Lot, he is a jazz visionary. He may have one foot in that ancient soil, but his gaze is firmly fixed on the future

Album

XXXX

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Somewhere Around Barstow; Dick Laurent Is Dead; Too Bright in Here; Grandmother’s Hammer; The Haul; Find the Fish; Doppler FX; Michael vs. Michael; Nörvenich Lounge; Nostalgia for the Light.

Album

Papier Ciseau

Label: Label Bleu
Released: 2021

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Article: Interview

Michael Wollny: Treasures from the Wunderkammer

Read "Michael Wollny: Treasures from the Wunderkammer" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


German pianist Michael Wollny is one of the most exciting and important jazz artists of our time. His work is marked by exquisite pianism and a restless creativity and search for expression that knows no stylistic boundaries. Wollny's output has been remarkable both in quality and quantity--he is in his early 40s, and has released almost ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Chalk up another great recording from saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis. Jesup Wagon for Tau Forms marks another step on what seems to be a steady climb to the top of current saxophonists. Like last year's great Live At Willisau, JBL has drummer Chad Taylor with him along with Kirk Knuffke, Christopher Hoffman and the ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Negro: Papier Ciseau

Read "Papier Ciseau" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Un album di Roberto Negro non è mai qualcosa di prevedile o facilmente etichettabile; ne avevamo preso atto un paio d'anni fa, ascoltando il suo piano solo, Kings and Bastards, torniamo a osservarlo in questa sua nuova opera nella quale anche stavolta mette insieme un lavoro originalissimo, mutevole e sorprendente. Lo fa allargando a quartetto il ...

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Article: Album Review

Wollny - Parisien - Lefebvre - Lillinger: XXXX

Read "XXXX" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


This unique group effort by a progressive team of virtuoso improvisers doesn't always hit the mark of inspired mastery, but the project certainly expands such possibilities. The album is culled from a four-night stand at Berlin's well-known A-Trane club which produced around eight hours of recorded material. The intriguing, unpredictable package presented here clocks in at ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The French Scene: Part 5

Read "The French Scene: Part 5" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Our stash of exciting recent and upcoming releases was replete with great new music from France so we had to devote to it a whole section of this week's show. Dive into large and small ensemble music of unbounded creativity and multiple influences. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1

Read "A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Circus is like Jazz. They both require a great deal of originality and a capacity to improvise and be in the moment. They come out of a sense of urgency and self-expression since artists do not embrace them to get rich. And they both demand incredible dedication and discipline. This week we explore the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Otis Sandsjö, Pablo Ablanedo, Webber/Morris Big Band and More

Read "Otis Sandsjö, Pablo Ablanedo, Webber/Morris Big Band and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases [for the first part click here] with the great return of master arranger Pablo Ablanedo, the new single by Swedish saxophonist and flutist Otis Sandsjö, two new projects by the prolific oud and guitarist Gordon Grdina, and saxophones in solo, duo, trio and quartet settings. ...


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