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Irene Schweizer

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Swiss pianist Irene Schweizer (1941), who had cut her teeth in a local trio with drummer Mani Neumeier. A few months after British saxophonist Joe Harriott, she pioneered Indo-jazz fusion by recording Jazz Meets India (october 1967), that featured a jazz quintet with trumpeter Manfred Schoof and Neumaier improvising with and a trio of Indian musicians (Diwan Motihar on sitar, Keshav Sathe on tabla, Kasan Thakur on tamboura). She achieved notoriety in a trio with bassist Peter Kowald and drummer Pierre Favre that debuted on Santana (october 1968), with the 14-minute Santana. That trio became a Quartett (november 1969) with the addition of British saxophonist Evan Parker (the 19-minute Where are all the old cop sets Clancy)

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Belated Tribute to Carla Bley

Read "A Belated Tribute to Carla Bley" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Better late than never, this show is in tribute to composer Carla Bley who passed away in October 2023. It features Bley's work with her various small and large groups as well as with Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. It also had her compositions performed by collaborators and admirers such as Billy Drummond, Nels Cline, Gary ...

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Article: Live Review

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by John Sharpe


Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival State Youth Theater Vilnius, Lithuania May 25-28, 2023 Introduction Now the largest city in the Baltic States, the Lithuanian capital jny: Vilnius once again hosted the Mama Jazz Festival for its 23rd edition. While booking acts which might please a wide range of music lovers, the ...

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Article: Album Review

Joëlle Léandre: Zurich Concert

Read "Zurich Concert" reviewed by Mark Corroto


A solo concert by the double bassist Joëlle Léandre is a happening, an event of the highest order. She is very much like a writer or poet who starts with a blank sheet of paper, bringing to life characters and places seemingly drawn from thin air. Of course, like the writer, Léandre's alchemy is born out ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Origins of the Tabla The twin hand drum was developed in its current form about 300 years ago on the Indian subcontinent but the roots of the tabla may date to pre-Muslim, Arabia. The name comes from “tabl," the Arabic word for drum, and temple carvings of tabla-like double-hand drums date to 500 BCE. Tabla is ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga

Read "Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Roots of Indo-JazzJazz and Indian ragas share common ground in their traditional use of improvisation. They are often talked about in compatible terms, but Ravi Shankar, for one, did not believe that ragas could be compared to jazz improvisation. Spontaneous creation in jazz differs from the complex rhythmic structural patterns of Indian improvisation. Shankar became ...

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Article: Album Review

William Parker: Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World

Read "Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


If multi-instrumentalist/composer William Parker's ten-CD Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World suggests a cohesive, high concept plan, it is something more. The beautifully packaged clamshell box set is comprised of mutually exclusive projects—one dating back ten years—with some common themes. There is an overall dedication of the music to “all people of ...

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Celebration

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Former Dialogue; Hot Sunflowers; The Good Life; Twister; Stringfever; Blues For Crelier; Nickelsdorf Glow; Celebration; Song For Johnny—In Memory of Johnny Dyani.

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs" are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn't make the album it graces any better than it already is. But, apparently, humans ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cynthia Abraham, Kirk Lightsey, Marc Cary, Kazemde George & Other New Releases

Read "Cynthia Abraham, Kirk Lightsey, Marc Cary, Kazemde George & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two main themes in the second part of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz. Jazz players of Caribbean heritage (Arturo O'Farrill--Cuba, Cynthia Abraham--Guadeloupe, Kazemde George--Haiti), and remarkable piano jazz (Marc Cary, Kirk Lightsey, Scott Spivak & Frank Kimbrough, Irène Schweizer, Chick Corea). Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...


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