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Ruf Der Heimat: Secrets

Read "Secrets" reviewed by John Sharpe

Originally an outfit exploring perspectives on free jazz from either side of the Berlin Wall, Ruf Der Heimat continues to thrive on Secrets, only its fourth release over the near three decades since its 1992 birth. Leader and reedman Thomas Borgmann remains at the helm beside his longtime accomplice drummer Willi Kellers but, in the meantime, ...

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Alexander von Schlippenbach: Slow Pieces For Aki - Piano Solo

Read "Slow Pieces For Aki - Piano Solo" reviewed by John Sharpe

At the behest of his wife Aki Takase, fellow pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach presents 21 short unaccompanied tracks on Slow Pieces For Aki. It is only his fourth solo record in a career spanning over 50 years, during which he has blazed trails with both large ensembles, notably Globe Unity Orchestra, and small groups, in particular ...

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Enjoy Jazz 2020

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2020" reviewed by Martin Longley

Enjoy Jazz Mannheim/Heidelberg, Germany October 17-21, 2020 Enjoy Jazz spreads over many more weeks than most festivals. This German tri-city marathon usually presents at least one gig each evening, in either Heidelberg, Mannheim or Ludwigshafen, starting in early October, and continuing until mid-November. In 2020, the datesheet flowed smoothly for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Schlippenbach / Narvesen Duo: Liminal Field

Read "Liminal Field" reviewed by John Sharpe

Liminal Field is the alluring second album from the intergenerational duo of German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and Norwegian drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen, following on from the limited edition LP Interweaving (Not Two, 2018). A veteran of the European free movement, Schlippenbach is revered for leading the Globe Unity Orchestra, his long standing trio with Evan ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lisbon Freedom Unit: Praise Of Our Folly

Read "Praise Of Our Folly" reviewed by John Sharpe

History has repeatedly demonstrated that it may be foolish to bring together large numbers of musicians without any form of roadmap. Those who have set out the slender case for the opposing view include the Globe Unity Orchestra and Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, but not many more. To that number should now be added the Lisbon ...

Globe Unity - 50 Years

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Globe Unity Orchestra - 50 Years.

Evan Parker

Read "Evan Parker" reviewed by John Eyles

In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nathan Hubbard / Skeleton Key Orchestra: Furiously Dreaming

Read "Furiously Dreaming" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Sprawling. Massive. Unapologetically ambitious. All over the musical map. But, somehow, not excessive. Furiously Dreaming is a two-CD set by percussionist / composer / musical visionary Nathan Hubbard and his 50-member (for this recording) Skeleton Key Orchestra. The leader or co-leader of a dozen or so different small ensembles playing everything from modern jazz to contemporary ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Barry Guy: A Prophet is Not without Honour (Part 2)

Read "Barry Guy: A Prophet is Not without Honour (Part 2)" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Barry Guy has been the artistic director and main composer of the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra throughout its now forty-five year history. Recordings and performances since Ode in 1972 have been sporadic but those forty-five years have resulted in eleven albums (including one with Anthony Braxton) ...


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