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Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

Read "Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

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Ché-SHIZU: A Journey

Read "A Journey" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you ever wondered why John Zorn lived in Japan for much of the 1980s, the answer is: for the music. These were the days before eBay and Discogs, when hunting for a recording by Keiji Haino required a trip to Tokyo or Osaka. Zorn, of course, brought much of what he heard back to the ...

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The Thing: Again

Read "Again" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Wait for it. Wait. At some point during a performance or recording by the trio known as The Thing, the band attempts to rip your face off, beginning with your ears. It's been that way since they were founded in 2000. The Swedish/Norwegian free jazz/garage band have become a kind of jazz/punk royalty, cutting huge swaths ...

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AA.VV.: Sky Music - A Tribute to Terje Rypdal

Read "Sky Music - A Tribute to Terje Rypdal" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

In occasione dei 70 anni del chitarrista norvegese Terje Rypdal, il suo collega statunitense Henry Kaiser ha pensato di fargli (e farci) un regalo di compleanno dedicandogli un album tributo insieme ad altri chitarristi che, come lui, hanno subito la sua influenza musicale. Kaiser ha realizzato questo lavoro per la Rune Grammofon coinvolgendo nell'operazione dieci virtuosi ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2016 secondo Luca Canini

Read "Il meglio del 2016 secondo Luca Canini" reviewed by Luca Canini

Un anno di ascolti. Di musica, di amori, scoperte e delusioni. Nel segno di Henry Threadgill e del suo Old Locks and Irregular Verbs, il punto più alto toccato in dodici mesi che hanno riservato più di una bella sorpresa. Sia in ambito strettamente “jazz," da Nels Cline a Wadada Leo Smith, da Cristiano Calcagnile a ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Things We Like: Ottobre 2016

Read "Things We Like: Ottobre 2016" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Finito il mese di ottobre, riprendiamo la vecchia rubrica “Things We Like," dove, un po' per passione e un po' per gioco, descriviamo le cose (musicali e non) che ci rimarranno impresse del mese appena trascorso. Alberto Bazzurro Ottobre, mese pre-referendario per eccellenza (non quel referendum...), si porta generalmente appresso una caterva ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mats Gustafsson: Piano Mating

Read "Piano Mating" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sure, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson is a rock star. A star in the same sense that Thurston Moore is a jazz artist or Merzbow generates ambient sounds. It's not so much that we would expect to see those three gentlemen receiving a Grammy Award, but that imitators of their styles will. Someday. In other words, innovators pioneer ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains

Read "Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains" reviewed by Duncan Heining

By way of introduction... Saxophonist Raymond MacDonald is a busy man. He balances the life of a gigging, recording musician with a high-flying academic career and, in both respects, his reputation has grown far beyond his Glasgow home. As a musician, he is perhaps best known for his work with the George Burt/Raymond MacDonald ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giovanni di Domenico / Peter Jacquemyn / Chris Corsano: A Little Bit Off The Top

Read "A Little Bit Off The Top" reviewed by John Sharpe

Three adept protagonists in the free improv arena assemble in a multinational gathering on A Little Bit Off The Top. Both Italian pianist Giovanni Di Domenico and Belgian bassist Peter Jacquemyn are active on the Brussels scene, while American drummer Chris Corsano shares experience with the pianist of hook ups with the likes of guitarist Jim ...


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