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Frank Woeste

Frank Woeste is a pianist, composer, arranger and producer living in Paris, France. Besides his work as a pianist Frank is known to have developed a unique sound on the Fender Rhodes combing the natural sound of the the rhodes piano with different effects. He has recorded 5 albums as a leader and appears on a large number of albums as a sideman and arranger. Several of these albums have been awarded with a french Victoires du jazz. After graduating from Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris) in 2001 Frank won several 1st or 2nd prizes in international jazz competitions: the Steinway Prize at the Montreux International Piano Competition, Jazz Hoeilaart International Competition (Belgium) and the Gexto European Jazzcontest (Spain). He s one of the grantees of the French American Jazz Exchange 2014 along the American trumpet player Dave Douglas


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Ravel, Chopin & Debussy for Jazzheads

Read "Ravel, Chopin & Debussy for Jazzheads" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In the second part of this week's exploration of jazz inspired by classical music, we focus on projects in tribute to the works of three composers that have influenced scores of jazz musicians, Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin and Claude Debussy. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng ...


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Stephanie McKay, Timo Lassy, Alexander Hawkins, Kit Downes & Other New Releases

Read "Stephanie McKay, Timo Lassy, Alexander Hawkins, Kit Downes & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Welcome back to our weekly tasting menu of the best new jazz delicacies the international scene has to offer. This week we highlight two releases that draw attention to historic developments with stellar rosters of contributing artists, Music for Ukraine and Black Lives—from Generation to Generation, and on the brand new album by the Michael Leonhart ...

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Reverso: The Melodic Line

Read "The Melodic Line" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un trombonista americano (collaboratore, fra gli altri, di David Bowie, Maria Schneider e Wynton Marsalis), un pianista tedesco e un violoncellista francese: i primi due si dividono a titolo esclusivo la paternità dei brani (quattro il primo, cinque il secondo), però, singolarmente, tre titoli sono in francese. Un omaggio all'ospite (sì, perché all'epoca di questa incisione--aprile ...


The Melodic Line

Label: OutNote Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blue Feather; Exemplar; Up North; Montparnasse; Absinthe; Sisters of Mine; L'Arlequin lunaire; Major Jack; Clara.


Reverso: Suite Ravel

Label: Phonoart
Released: 2018
Track listing: Ostinato (Prélude); Luminism; Impromptu 1; All Ears (Fugue); Alangui (Forlane); Dialogue; Mother/Nature (Rigaudon); Impromptu 2; Sortilege (Menuet); Ancient Theory (Toccata); Clair Obscur.

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Ryan Keberle, Frank Woeste: Reverso: Suite Ravel

Read "Reverso: Suite Ravel" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Ryan Keberle, trentasettenne trombonista dell'Indiana, e Frank Woeste, quarantaduenne pianista di Hannover, il primo con alle spalle rendez-vous piuttosto variopinti (da David Bowie a Maria Schneider, da Wynton Marsalis a Woody Allen), il secondo ormai da una ventina d'anni inserito nel milieu jazzistico francese, si abbinano a una coppia di musicisti che sembrano in qualche modo ...


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Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel

Read "Frank Woeste: Reversing Ravel" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Maurice Ravel is not only one of the great authors of 20th century classical music, but one of a handful of classical composers to have demonstrated an interest in jazz. During his tour of the United States in 1928, Ravel went to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, or Connie's Inn and the nearby Cotton Club, to ...


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Film Noir, a Jazz Investigation

Read "Film Noir, a Jazz Investigation" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In search of clues about the key components that make it possible to build the mood, the suspense, the intrigue, the build-up of tension, the adrenaline rush and the release in a good film noir with a jazz soundtrack, or in the jazz soundtrack of an imaginary film noir. Plus an interview with German-born, ...


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2018 New Releases and upcoming concerts

Read "2018 New Releases and upcoming concerts" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this episode of Mondo Jazz we preview unreleased music as well as interesting releases that will be published in the coming months. We also look into Swiss, Finnish, and French approaches to quintessentially United Statesian music genres like Hip-Hop, Jazz and Americana, which travelled to Europe and got local. We also feature Darrell Grant's and ...


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