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Joachim Kuhn

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His playing defies all categorization, and has earned him a place as a world class musician. He has already left his mark on contemporary jazz and given it new direction. The musical cosmopolitan Joachim Kühn sees himself as part of the jazz tradition, connected to European concert music and yet directly indebted to a contemporary musical language. He displays vehemence and sensibility, a virtuoso technique and imagination and an unfailing sense of dynamics. Be it in his interaction with long-time musical partners, in ever new and challenging musical constellations, or alone in his solo performances, Kühn always manages to make his concerts into a unique experience. Even if some of the stations on his path from Leipzig, where Kühn was born in 1944, through his time in France and America may seem like diversions; his musical career not only displays cohesion, but also an inner logic that only becomes truly apparent with hindsight. Kühn, who already enjoyed a first-class classical training and was performing as a concert pianist at an early age, developed an enthusiasm for jazz under the influence of his older brother, clarinettist Rolf Kühn

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet

Read "Joachim Kuhn, Day & Taxi & Java Quartet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


German pianist/alto player Joachim Kuhn arrived in Paris in the late '60s; that city was the epicenter of an explosion in free jazz, fueled by several musicians from America (many of them from the AACM) and a desire among European players to push their music forward. One concert that Kuhn played at in the fall of ...

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Article: Album Review

The Clarinet Trio: Transformations and Further Passages

Read "Transformations and Further Passages" reviewed by John Eyles


A clarinet trio is a chamber trio comprising a clarinet, a bowed string instrument such as a violin, viola or cello, and a piano; the phrase can also refer to a composition written for such a trio. However, away from such matters, The Clarinet Trio is the name of a three-clarinet group which first recorded together ...

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Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2021

Read "Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2021" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Insert the usual cliches here as you see fit: strange times, “new normal," all that stuff. Still, even while some of us give up on terms like “normal" and get used to the idea that there may never be a post-Covid world, great music and art never stops. Amidst another bumper crop of more things than ...

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Touch the Light

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Warm Canto; Allegretto (from Symphony no. 7); A Remark You Made; Sintra; Ponta de Areia; Redemption Song; Touch the Light; Fever; Blue Velvet; Stardust; Purple Rain; Last Tango in Paris; Peace Piece.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Solo Piano - Yin and Yang

Read "Solo Piano - Yin and Yang" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Cornelius Claudio Kreusch Transformer Self Produced 2021 Though it's easy enough for a player to find a home niche, Cornelius Claudio Kreusch sounds like he won't really be satisfied until he's practically tried them all. Classically-trained and having whirled through fusion, funk, Latin, African, film scores and probably too much else ...

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Article: Album Review

Mauro Sigura Quartet: Terra Vetro

Read "Terra Vetro" reviewed by Chris May


Although the Italian oud player and composer Mauro Sigura bills his band as a world-jazz group which combines traditional Ottoman-Mediterranean music with modern European jazz, the band's sophomore album is not full-on, capped-up World Jazz in the manner of, say, fellow oudist Anouar Brahem's Blue Maqams (ECM, 2017). That album, made with double bassist Dave Holland, ...

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Article: Year in Review

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Part 1 | Part 2This is the second part of an article that looks back and reflects on experiences with live music in 2019. This part deals with a musician's legacy (Ornette Coleman) and continues with an examination of artistic developments and dynamics in the jazz field in a festival (Jazzfest Berlin) and related ...

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Melodic Ornette Coleman: Piano Works XIII

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Lonely Woman; Lost Thoughts; Immeriscible Most Capable Of Being; Songworld; Physical Chemistry; Tears That Cry; Aggregate And Bound Together; Hidden Knowledge; Love Is Not Generous, Sex Belongs To Woman; She And He Is Who Fenn Love; Somewhere; Food Stamps On The Moon; Lonely Woman; The End Of The World.

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Igor Mišković of Hashima

Read "Take Five with Igor Mišković of Hashima" reviewed by Igor Mišković


Meet Igor Mišković of Hashima Hashima is a rock / jazz group with a wide artistic approach, including original concert video projections, art movies, conceptual art and performance. The group was founded by Igor Mišković in jny: Belgrade and it started out with more of a free-improv / jazz sound and kept evolving album by album. ...


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