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Article: Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2

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"Everybody wants to play with Zakir. He's amazing..." The words were spoken by Herbie Hancock, one of many musicians who paid tribute to the great Indian tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain on the occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Jazz Centre in 2017. In a short film made for ...

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Bévort 3: On Fire

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After a recording hiatus of seven years, Bévort 3, the trio led by Pernille Bévort, is back. Not that the Danish saxophonist-composer has been idling. Since the release of Trio Temptations (Gateway Music, 2014), Bévort has dedicated most of her energy to expanded line-ups. Which Craft? (Gateway Music, 2016) for octet and BLIK (Self Produced, 2020) ...

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Izumi Kimura, Cora Venus Lunny, Anthony Kelly: Folding

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Inspired by environmental sounds in the townlands surrounding Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Folding brings together Irish sound artist Anthony Kelly and two of Ireland's preeminent contemporary musicians, Yokohama-born pianist Izumi Kimura and violinist Cora Venus Lunny, reunited here following their memorable performance at Improvised Music Company's Ban Bam festival in 2017. The song titles reflect the ...

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Matthew Halpin: Agreements

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Irish tenor saxophonist Matthew Halpin has waited for his moment to strike with his debut CD as leader, having graduated from Berklee College of Music as long ago as 2013. Not that he has been coasting; since relocating to Germany, Halpin has recorded with The Owl Ones and Last Chance Dance, just two of half-a-dozen ongoing ...

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Unscientific Italians: Play The Music Of Bill Frisell Vol. 1

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Few would argue against Bill Frisell's status as one of the most singular and influential guitarists/composers since around 1980. And yet, the Baltimore-born musician remains something of an enigma: easy to admire but a tad more difficult to pin down. Instantly recognizable from just a handful of notes, Frisell is, at the same time, a musical ...

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Jeremy Monteiro: No Black Tie Required

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Jeremy Monteiro has been Singapore's unofficial jazz ambassador since the late 1970s, carving out a pioneering path around the world. The first South East Asian to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the first S.E. Asian to record for the Verve label, Monteiro has made a habit of playing with the very best, from James ...

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Sisters With Transistors

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Sisters With Transistors Director: Lisa RovnerMetrograph Pictures86 minutes 2021 The history of electronic music has always been a male-dominated tale, which is odd given just how formative women have been in its development. Writer and director Lisa Rovner's fascinating documentary Sisters With Transistors addresses this historical imbalance in honoring ...

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Larry Coryell: Larry Coryell's Last Swing With Ireland

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In his latter life, Larry Coryell was a frequent visitor to Ireland, where he would invariably hitch up with bassist David Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady, the esteemed rhythm team for the likes of Tommy Halferty, Bill Carrothers, Norma Winstone and Ian Shaw. In May 2016, during Coryell's last trip to Ireland, he entered Dublin's Hellfire ...

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Simin Tander: No Looking Back

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When an album receives widespread critical acclaim, generating extensive touring in its wake, the temptation must be to repeat the formula next time around. Especially for artists operating in the niche world of jazz/improvised music, where a sure gig can be something of a holy grail, it would make little sense to fix what ain't broken. ...

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Cote Calmet: Cultivating Afro-Peruvian Rhythms

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What do a dead donkey, a Seat Alhambra and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham all have in common? Whatever images your mind's eye may conjure, these three clues, in fact, all lead to Phisqa, the contemporary jazz band of Afro-Peruvian bent, formed by drummer Cote Calmet in Dublin, Ireland, in 2010. But let's not get ...


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