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Etienne Mbappe

With a rich, singing tone and an unerring gift for melody, bassist Etienne Mbappé imparts even the most demanding musical contexts with a grace, warmth, and humanity that transcends boundaries, genres, and languages. His gifts have been put to use as a member of John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension and the Ringers (with Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, and Gary Novak), along sideman appearances with Joe Zawinul, Manu Dibango, Robben Ford, Salif Keita, Ray Charles, Steps Ahead, and saxophonist Bill Evans. Now audiences can experience Mbappé's own music via How Near How Far (available on DATE through Abstract Logix), his forth solo album and the first to focus on his instrumental music. How Near How Far also marks the debut of Mbappé's new band the Prophets – featuring Christophe Cravéro (acoustic and electric piano), Anthony Jambon (guitars), Clément Janinet (violin), Arno de Casanove (trumpet, flugelhorn), Hervé Gourdikian (tenor saxophone), and Nicholas Viccaro (drums, percussion)

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Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Jazz & Wine of Peace Festival Teatro Comunale di Cormòns e varie sedi nel Collio e in Slovenia 23-27.10.2017 La ventiduesima edizione del festival Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormòns si è svolta dal 23 al 27 Ottobre, con la medesima, fortunata formula degli scorsi anni: un concerto serale al Teatro Comunale ...

Etienne Mbappe: Silky Master of the 4th Dimension

Read "Etienne Mbappe: Silky Master of the 4th Dimension" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Etienne Mbappe plays bass so smoothly that you could imagine he wears silk gloves—and you would be correct. In fact he is the only musician in the world who has an endorsement deal with a silk glove manufacturer. He is a musician's musician, a world class bassist based in Paris. Originally from Cameroon in Western Africa, ...

Montreux Through The Decades: Jazz Recordings, Part One

Read "Montreux Through The Decades: Jazz Recordings, Part One" reviewed by Ian Patterson

To celebrate Montreux Jazz Festival's 50th edition in 2016, and as a posthumous tribute to the festival's founder, the late Claude Nobs, All About Jazz is launching a new column entitled Montreux Through the Decades, which will periodically present reviews of officially released live recordings from MJF, from its first edition in 1967 to the present. ...

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Dhruv: Voyage

Read "Voyage" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been a few years since Berklee-trained guitarist/composer Dhruv Ghanekar last crossed AAJ's radar. That was at the Borneo Jazz Festival 2011, where his quartet powered through a jazz-fusion set of the highest order. For his second recording as leader the Mumbai guitarist--who has performed with sarangi maestro Sultan Khan, Zakir Hussain and Scott Kinsey--shows off ...

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Chingari: Bombay Makossa

Read "Bombay Makossa" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Released just days before the death of pioneering mandolin maestro U. Srinivas, Bombay Makossa assumes an added poignancy as one of his last recorded ventures in a career that began as a child prodigy in the late 1970s. Though nearly all the tracks were penned by Ranjit Barot Chingari was intended as a trio of equals. ...

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension at The Royal Festival Hall

Read "John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension at The Royal Festival Hall" reviewed by Ian Patterson

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension Royal Festival Hall EFG London Jazz Festival November 20, 2014 For any artist to be invited to play three years in a row is unusual by the standards of most festivals. Guitarist John McLaughlin, however, is not 'any artist,' having blazed a unique and highly ...

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension: The Boston Record

Read "The Boston Record" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The jny:Boston crowd's roars on this live set from John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension's 2013 tour say as much about the dazzling interplay of the band as it does about McLaughlin's enduring appeal. For sure, McLaughlin remains one of jazz-fusion's major draws but the acclaim has little to do with nostalgia and everything to do ...

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension: The Boston Record

Read "The Boston Record" reviewed by John Kelman

Ever since guitarist John McLaughlin formed the 4th Dimension--his first electric fusion band in a decade--fans have been hoping he'd dig a little further into his back catalog. The wait is over with The Boston Record, a live album recorded in 2013 at Boston's Berklee College of Music. This isn't 4th Dimension's first live ...

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John McLaughlin, Steely Dan, Phil Lesh, Miles Davis, James Taylor Sidemen Form New Touring Band - The Ringers

John McLaughlin, Steely Dan, Phil Lesh, Miles Davis, James Taylor Sidemen Form New Touring Band - The Ringers

Los Angeles, CA: Talk about one of the most amazing group of musicians playing together, debuting in early 2013 – they are THE RINGERS featuring three top notch Rock-Blues Guitarists Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic, The Dead, Phil Lesh) Wayne Krantz (Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Michael Brecker), Michael Landau (James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis) , drummer ...


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