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Florian Arbenz

Florian Arbenz has been doing tours, concerts and CD-productions as lead with, Kirk Lightsey, Greg Osby, Glenn Ferris, Wolfgang Puschnig, Bennie Maupin, Matthieu Michel, Claudio Pontiggia and others. In classical music he has worked as percussionist in numerous concerts and festivals (Luzerner Festspiele, Basler Musik Forum, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival), among others with Heinz Holliger, Kent Nagano and Paul Sacher. Further, he staged in solo concerts in Europe and South America. In 2000 Florian Arbenz received the European Award of Culture (supporting his engagement in jazz and classical music).

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Conversation #2: Oracle / Conversation #3: Neologism

Label: Hammer Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Triptych; Wooden Lines; Homenaje; Freedom Jazz Dance; Between Times; Evidence; Ramprasad; Jammin' In The Children's Corner; Ode To The Sentimental Knowledge; Rhenos; Grace Of Gravity; Epistrophy

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Conversation #1: Condensed

Label: Hammer Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Boarding The Beat; Let's Try Again; Groove A; Olha Maria; In Medias Res; Vibing With Mr. Feldman; Race Face: Dedicated To The Quintessence; Circle; Freedom Jazz Dance.

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Article: Album Review

Arbenz, Mehari, Veras: Conversation #1: Condensed

Read "Conversation #1: Condensed" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


One of the most appealing aspects in jazz is the interplay among musicians in a group. There is usually a continuous musical conversation occurring during any given session, which adds an element of spontaneity. Swiss drummer Florian Arbenz is concentrating on this concept of conversation in his upcoming releases, beginning with Conversation #1: Condensed.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stephanie Nilles, Julian Lage, Charles Mingus, Sons of Kemet & More New Releases

Read "Stephanie Nilles, Julian Lage, Charles Mingus, Sons of Kemet & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Our exploration of new and upcoming releases, and reissues continues with the compelling homage to Charles Mingus by Stephanie Nilles (pictured), followed by Mingus' stunning Bremen live recordings recently released by Sunnyside Records. Sandwiched between two beautiful Blue Note albums (the upcoming project by the Julian Lage Trio and an instant classic by Charles Lloyd) and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Clifton Anderson, Reggie Quinerly & Allan Harris

Read "Clifton Anderson, Reggie Quinerly & Allan Harris" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We devote a full hour of Neon Jazz to the music and artists of 2021. A lot of music was backlogged from 2020, but it was time to take a long look at the artists who are making 2021 a special year for jazz. We start off with NYC trombonist Clifton Anderson and make our way ...

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Article: Jazz Journal

Fall 2020

Read "Fall 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. The Claire Daly Band RAH! RAH! Ride Symbol 2020 To credibly conceive and execute homage to the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Formanek Live plus new and forthcoming releases

Read "Michael Formanek Live plus new and forthcoming releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


In this edition of the show there are lots of new and forthcoming releases including music from the Orbit577, Edition Records and ears&eyes labels. I am also continuing my exploration of the back catalogue of Italian saxophonist Felice Clemente. The main focus of the show is new work from impressive guitarist Dan Pitt, and, a fascinating ...

Article: Live Review

Vein Trio al Piccolo Teatro di Milano

Read "Vein Trio al Piccolo Teatro di Milano" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Vein Trio Jazz al Piccolo--Orchestra Senza Confini-XXI Edizione Piccolo Teatro Strehler Milano 21.1.2019 Il concerto di apertura della ventunesima rassegna Orchestra Senza Confini ha visto salire sul palco del Piccolo Teatro Strehler gli svizzeri Vein Trio, al secolo Michael Arbenz al pianoforte, Thomas Lähns al contrabbasso, ...

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Bray Jazz 2016

Read "Bray Jazz 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Bray Jazz Various venues jny:Bray, Ireland April 29 -May 1, 2016 With first-rate music festivals mushrooming all over Ireland, Bray Jazz remains a highlight in a crowded calendar. Now in its seventeenth year, Bray Jazz' tried and tested format strikes a pleasing balance musically, with jazz, folk and world musics in ...


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