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Jeff Ballard grew up in Santa Cruz, California. He recalls when he was a child laying in bed listening to the music his father would play every weekend: Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Sergio Mendez, Oscar Peterson, Milton Nascimento; how he loved the sound and the speed of Ed Thigpen’s brushes on the snare. “I remember feeling the power of a Basie big band shout chorus which would then suddenly disappear into some quiet dancing riff. It was the swing in it, which excited me the most. I also remember how it felt traveling thru sounds of the jungle in a Milton Nascimento record


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Bassist / Composer Jakob Dreyer

Read "Take Five With Bassist / Composer Jakob Dreyer" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jakob Dreyer Jakob Dreyer is a New York City based jazz musician, bassist, and composer. Born and raised in Germany he moved to New York in 2014. He appears on over 30 albums as a sideman, and as a leader he has released two albums on Fresh Sound New Talent: Songs, Hymns & Ballads Vol. ...

Article: Interview

Michelangelo Scandroglio, un contrabbasso alla scoperta dell'Europa

Read "Michelangelo Scandroglio, un contrabbasso alla scoperta dell'Europa" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Contrabbassista grossetano rivelatosi tre anni fa con una notevole opera prima, In the Eyes of the Whale, Michelangelo Scandroglio è un musicista molto giovane e molto attivo. Trasferitosi da qualche anno a Parigi, continua tuttavia a essere assai presente sulla scena italiana in numerose formazioni, dedicandosi contemporaneamente a mettere in piedi progetti con giovani musicisti della ...


Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo

Read "Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz 2023 Varie sedi Perugia 7--16.7.2023 50 anni di Umbria Jazz e 90 del suo fondatore e direttore artistico Carlo Pagnotta: un evento unico, festeggiato con un'edizione veramente speciale, ricca di musica e di iniziative collaterali, che ha superato nella programmazione come nella partecipazione del pubblico i livelli degli ultimi ...


Article: Interview

Dave Stapleton: Moving Edition Records With The Horizon

Read "Dave Stapleton:  Moving Edition Records With The Horizon" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The old market town of Newbury lies an hour or so from London, on the edge of the chalky Berkshire Downs. Like any 1,000-year-old English settlement, it has seen its fair share of history, but it is probably best known for its 200-year-old horse-racing course. Or perhaps Greenham Common holds that distinction. The WWII air force ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Xhosa Cole, Lakecia Benjamin, J.D.Hive, Jason Yaeger & More New Releases

Read "Xhosa Cole, Lakecia Benjamin, J.D.Hive, Jason Yaeger & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A playlist built around the work of impressive emerging saxophonists (Lakecia Benjamin, Xhosa Cole, Jason Marshall, and Alex Hitchcock), and guitarists (Ant Law and David Doruzka). Together with a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, the reissue of an Acid Jazz classic, and much more, this is an hour of music that should keep you happy and full ...

Article: Live Review

Un dicembre di proposte originali al PARC di Firenze

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Mixité Firenze P.A.R.C., ex Scuderie Granducali, Piazzale delle Cascine 12.2022 A Firenze, fine stagione esaltante per gli amanti della musica “creativa" e fuori dagli schemi, grazie alla fitta serie di appuntamenti al PARC --Performing Art Research Centre, nuova realtà dedita alla sperimentazione di idee e linguaggi innovativi. Dall'inizio di dicembre ...


Article: Interview

Ugly Beauty: The Music and Mind of Ben Allison

Read "Ugly Beauty: The Music and Mind of Ben Allison" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was conducted by Paul F. Roberts and was first published at All About Jazz in September 2001. All of us have a story in our head-a myth of how a new jazz talent gets discovered. Here's how it goes: The young musician—let's call him “the Kid"-practices alone in his bedroom ...



Label: CYH Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Intro; Murmuration; Trees, Birds, River Sky; Last Song; Everything Is Something; Royal: No Moon At All.


Andromeda's Mystery

Label: Bivak Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: From the Farthest Sky to the Deepest Sea; No Electricity; Sweet Farewell; All My Tomorrows; Lone; Andromeda's Mystery; Chorale (In Memory of Tomas Stanko and Edward Vesala); Murky Waters.


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