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Jan Garbarek

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The Norwegian saxophon player, Jan Garbarek had an early breakthrough into the elite of modern jazz in the 60's, due to his extensive cooperation with Keith Jarrett. His name is listed next to the big names from the U.S. and is associated with the birth of an original european sound in jazz. His tone is clear, indipendent, ascetic and pure. "The north and nature, song and mystery" are what Garbarek calls his origins and these are his unrefutable heritage. If it wasn't for his strong inner connection with Norwegian folklore, he wouldn't be able to integrate Brasilian and Asiatic influences as convincingly as he does

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Article: Interview

Simin Tander: No Looking Back

Read "Simin Tander: No Looking Back" reviewed by Ian Patterson


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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Article: Album Review

Unscientific Italians: Play the Music of Bill Frisell Vol.1

Read "Play the Music of Bill Frisell Vol.1" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Arrivato a farsi conoscere in età relativamente tarda (aveva già passato i trenta anni quando ha inciso il primo disco da titolare per la ECM, preceduto da un paio di collaborazioni con due illustri artisti della stessa etichetta come Arild Andersen e Jan Garbarek), Bill Frisell si è subito imposto come una delle voci nuove più ...

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Article: Interview

Shabaka Hutchings: Black to the Future

Read "Shabaka Hutchings: Black to the Future" reviewed by Chris May


Though he is far too modest to make any such claim himself, most observers agree that saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings is the standard-bearer for the new wave of jazz musicians who have emerged in London since around 2015. Hutchings is a few years older than most of the cohort. He made his debut recording in ...

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Article: Album Review

Arne Torvik: Northwestern Songs

Read "Northwestern Songs" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


A vibrant modern jazz hub, Norway is famous for having introduced the likes of Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen and Arild Andersen to the international jazz landscape--all of whom had brought something fundamentally new to the jazz tradition in the '70s. As chance would have it, each of the mentioned heavyweights were also mainly at ...

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Article: Album Review

Matty Stecks & Persiflage: Night Cravings

Read "Night Cravings" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Like sneaking into the boy's room for a smoke, bassist Dave Ambrosio intros both Night Cravings, the concept and title track, with a sinister ease, sparking a slow burning fuse that once lit, ain't going out until all in attendance damn well reach accord. Or don't. Either/or, it's a spilling energy not unlike the frisson encounters ...

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Article: In Pictures

Seeing More Jazz

Read "Seeing More Jazz" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


My interview (Seeing Jazz: The Photography of Luciano Rossetti) with Karl Ackermann was published earlier this week. Here are some additional photos of mine that I wanted to share. Over the course of my career I have had the pleasure of photographing some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world including Anthony Braxton, ...

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Article: Interview

Tino Tracanna: L'arte della sintesi

Read "Tino Tracanna: L'arte della sintesi" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La pubblicazione dell'ultimo album di Tino Tracanna, Distilled, che è anche il debutto discografico del nuovo trio, ci ha dato l'occasione per parlare con uno dei protagonisti del jazz in Italia. Alla presentazione del nuovo lavoro segue un'ampia discussione sugli elementi costitutivi della sua musica, sugli artisti a lui più cari, sulla didattica nei ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Zakir Hussain: The Best Jazz / Crossover Albums

Read "Zakir Hussain: The Best  Jazz / Crossover Albums" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Zakir Hussain turned 70 on March 9th. In an unparalleled career, which began in earnest aged 7, the man widely acclaimed as the world's greatest tabla player has played with the giants of both Indian classical music and jazz. It is hard to think of another musician who has straddled both worlds to such a prominent ...

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Article: Album Review

Shai Maestro: Human

Read "Human" reviewed by Chris May


After paying his dues with Avishai Cohen, with whose Trio he recorded four well received albums, pianist Shai Maestro cut loose on his own, debuting with Shai Maestro Trio (Laborie) in 2013. Human is Maestro's sixth own-name album and his second on ECM, followingThe Dream Thief in 2018. The new disc is elegant, expansive, emotionally charged ...


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