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Erik Truffaz

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In the next step of his evolution as a pioneering jazz figure, French trumpeter Erik Truffaz continues his exploration of modern dance rhythms informed by drum ‘n’ bass and hip hop as well as gripping rock ‘n’ roll with his quartet on The Walk of the Giant Turtle. This CD is Truffaz’s fourth U.S. release, following up last year’s remarkable Mantis, and featuring a video on the making of the album. Joining Truffaz on the new disc are his long-time quartet, Patrick Muller on piano and electronic keyboards, Marcello Giuliani on bass and Marc Erbetta on drums. In a European interview Truffaz said that The Walk of the Giant Turtle (recorded in Lausanne in January 2003 and mixed in Paris) was based on ensemble improvisation

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Eleonora Strino, Yussef Dayes, Erik Truffaz, Hernan Cassibba & More

Read "Eleonora Strino, Yussef Dayes, Erik Truffaz, Hernan Cassibba & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


After a couple of weeks focusing on some of our favorite tunes from the first half of the year here we are back on our night road to some of the most exciting new and upcoming releases, many of them with a cinematic and nocturnal vibe.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tina Turner + Selma Savolainen, Ben Van Gelder, Rajna Swaminathan & More

Read "Tina Turner + Selma Savolainen, Ben Van Gelder, Rajna Swaminathan & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A tribute to Tina Turner opens a show featuring music characterized by a deliberate desire to blur the lines between jazz and other genres, be it pop, R&B, world music or church music, and to do so with the most wonderful arrangements. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Soft Machine from 1973, Trevor Watts from 1976, Vital Information and Dave Weckl band

Read "Soft Machine from 1973, Trevor Watts from 1976, Vital Information and Dave Weckl band" reviewed by Len Davis


Vital Information from Time Flies, Tony Williams from Spectrum Road, Soft Machine, The Dutch Lesson. Trevor Watts fromAnother Time, French trumpeter Erik Truffaz, Italian bassist Pippo Matino, Dave Weckl Band, Tom Coster and Brazilian bassist Fernando Molinari. Playlist Vital Information “Choreography in Six" from Time Flies (Wounded Bird) 00:00 Tony Williams “Wild Life" from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Erik Truffaz, Steve Smith and Vital Information and Tom Coster

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Cuban piano and keyboard player Gonzalo Rubalcaba from Paseo, French Trumpeter Erik Truffaz, from Canada Alain Caron and intense fusion from Tom Coster and Gary Willis.Playlist Gonzalo Rubalcaba “Paseo Con Fula" from Paseo (Blue Note) 00:00 Erik Truffaz “Ghost Drummer" from Saloua (EMI) 06:19 Alain Caron “Trouble" from Play (Norac) 12:30 Steve Smith & ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis, Erik Truffaz, John McLaughlin and more

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Miles Davis from the 1987 Live Under The Sky sessions, French trumpeter Erik Truffaz, saxophonist Gary Thomas and John McLaughlin. Playlist Miles Davis “The Senate-Me and U" from Live Under The Sky 1987 (Equinox Jazz) 00:00 Erik Truffaz “Tantrik" from Saloua (Capitol) 09:04 Gary Thomas “Out of Harms Way" from By Any Means Neccessary ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 1

Read "Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Even if ghost tracks existed well before the invention of the compact disc, they certainly became a less rare occurrence in the era of the silver disc. So, if you belong to the CD-generation, you are certainly familiar with the sense of surprise and joy that comes at the end of an album when, as you ...

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Article: Album Review

Edward Perraud: Hors temps

Read "Hors temps" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Batterista e compositore di Nantes, nel corso dei suoi cinquant'anni appena compiuti Edward Perraud si è misurato, prima che con l'universo percussivo, con chitarra e trombone, e in parallelo al jazz ha approfondito la conoscenza della musica classica e contemporanea, nonché di quella extra-occidentale, indiana in particolare. In questa nuova tappa di una discografia decisamente corposa ...

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Article: Interview

Makram Aboul Hosn: The Spirit Lives

Read "Makram Aboul Hosn: The Spirit Lives" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Music does not have the power to right the wrongs of the world, but when it works its magic, it can soothe troubled souls and uplift battered spirits like few other things. Lebanese bassist/composer Makram Aboul Hosn's second album, Transmigration (Self Produced, 2021) is proof of that. It is a fine album, steeped in ...


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