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Jan Roder

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Being The Up And Down

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: U11; Strudel; Van A Nach B; Laika’s Descent; Hymne; Zeitlupenbossa; Damenschrank; Stray Around; Yuki Neko.

Album

Secrets

Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Released: 2021
Track listing: Secrets Of A Bird's Mind; Birds And A Cow; Malatune; Cowbirds.

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Article: Album Review

Silke Everhard Trio: Being The Up And Down

Read "Being The Up And Down" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Sometimes one must pass through the flames to get free. That thought has shadowed the career of Silke Eberhard. The saxophonist has been consumed with the firebrands Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, and Ornette Coleman for years now. She has recorded Dolphy's complete oeuvre with her band Potsa Lotsa, both in small and large configurations. Covered Mingus ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Some More Jazz

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Other Morning in the Park; Broadway Birdy Part I; Broadway Birdy Part II; Catham Bellbird.

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Article: Album Review

Keys and Screws: Some More Jazz

Read "Some More Jazz" reviewed by John Eyles


In Berlin, in June 2010, a trio calling themselves Boom Box recorded the album Jazz (Jazzwerkstatt, 2011) which was released to considerable acclaim; that group comprised Thomas Borgmann on tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophones plus harmonica, Akira Ando on double-bass and Willi Kellers on drums and percussion, each of whom penned two of the album's six ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

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Article: Album Review

Squakk: Willisau & Berlin

Read "Willisau & Berlin" reviewed by John Sharpe


Four Germans combine for a set that recalls some of the classic Anthony Braxton quartet sides with George Lewis or Ray Anderson from the 1970s. Common ground abounds in their free-bop structures and the delightful interplay as between reeds and trombone as they slip in and out of both tunes and time. There are also other ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Satoko Fujii with her various ensembles: Ichicgo Icihie, Yamiyo Ni Karasu and Kaze's Uminari

Read "Satoko Fujii with her various ensembles: Ichicgo Icihie, Yamiyo Ni Karasu and Kaze's Uminari" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Words like superb, outstanding or splendid are redundant when writing about pianist, accordionist and composer Satoko Fujii. With an average of five releases per year over the past decade, she is indeed one of the most prolific musicians. The abundance of her output though is never at the expense of its quality or originality. As the ...


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