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ARTICLE: RADIO

Ron Miles, Antônio Neves, Gard Nilssen, Mauro Ottolini & More New Releases

Read "Ron Miles, Antônio Neves, Gard Nilssen, Mauro Ottolini & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

You feel like you need a shot of energy because you've been at home too long, or you dream about traveling around the world but you're stuck in lock-down mode. Or maybe you feel curious about the ways in which jazz can advocate environmental or social causes. Or you're simply curious about new and exciting jazz ...

If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours

Label: Odin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Premium Processing Fee; Botteknott/Elastic Circle; Teppen Dance; The City of Roses; Jack; Bytta Bort Kua Fikk Fela Igjen.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Troy Dostert

2020 will be remembered as a year of resilience. And surely a part of that story will be the fortitude displayed by musicians of all stripes, who have endeavored creatively to manage the challenges of a hollowed-out economy and a global pandemic with innovative business platforms and novel approaches to recording and content delivery. The jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 6-17, 2020 With the physical 2020 festival cancelled, the Big Ears Festival has turned its attention to broadcasting filmed and live streamed concerts, under the moniker “Sites & Sounds From Big Ears." ...

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May

It would be hard if not impossible to compile an Afrobeat Top Ten which was not wholly made up of Fela Anikulapo Kuti albums. Such was Kuti's centrality in the creation and development of Afrobeat, such was the productivity of his recording career--his catalogue totals more than fifty albums, not counting reissues and compilations--and such was ...

Moers Festival Interviews: Møster!

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Møster!" reviewed by Martin Longley

During his recent visit to the Borealis festival of experimental music in Bergen, your scribe met up with reedsman Kjetil Møster, who also happens to be on the directors board of that mighty fine weekender. In just under two months, he'll be bringing his long-running self-named quintet Møster! to the Moers Festival in Germany (29th May-1st ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ted Poor: You Already Know

Read "You Already Know" reviewed by Chris May

Breaking news 3/23/20: Impulse! is getting its mojo back. Showing definite signs of, anyway... Since its glory days in the 1960s and 1970s, Impulse! has been little more than a logo wheeled out by its parent company, Universal Music, to lend credibility to unrelated one-off projects. Until very recently, the only newly recorded ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maciej Obara Quartet: Three Crowns

Read "Three Crowns" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

For its sophomore ECM release this Polish/Norwegian quartet titled the album after the Trzy Korony summit of the Pieniny mountain range in the south of Poland. While it may be premature to describe the album as a peak or summit, it is a substantial artistic statement. There have been prior jazz interpretations of works by Polish ...


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