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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: Interview

Greg Byers: Take A Bow

Read "Greg Byers: Take A Bow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Greg Byers does not like hearing that something is not possible. Or perhaps he does, for the cellist seems to thrive on challenges that others deem impossible or unrealistic. Taking a jazz major in cello? It just isn't done, he was told. Well, ticked that box. Learning Charlie Parker's solos on upright bass? ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Purple Jazz: A Tribute to Prince, Part 1

Read "Purple Jazz: A Tribute to Prince, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Prince who would have turned 65 this year. He may have left us over seven years ago, but the influence of his music continues unequalled, including on the world of jazz, with which he's often flirted. Here a selection of some intriguing examples of “purple jazz," including some extended jamming by Prince himself. Happy ...

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Where Is Brooklyn? & Eternal Rhythm - Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Awaku Nu; Taste Maker; The Thing; The Is The Bomb; Unite; Eternal Rhythm

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Article: Album Review

Tim Berne - Matt Mitchell: One More Please

Read "One More Please" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Saxophonist Tim Berne has gained most of his notoriety via small group recordings, with ensembles such as Big Satan, Hard Cell, Snakeoil and Science Friction. His partnership with ECM Records, beginning with 2012's Snakeoil--after a few sideman contributions on the label--lifted his profile, deservedly. His approach to making music might be called “out there in deep ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

William Parker, Clemens Kuratle, Ernesto Jodos & Apophenia

Read "William Parker, Clemens Kuratle, Ernesto Jodos & Apophenia" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There is plenty of new releases in this edition of One Man's Jazz, headed by a retrospective of earlier works of William Parker and a who's-who of guests (Universal Tonality). Also tracking back in time are releases from drummer Idris Muhammad and with his own retrospective of his ECM releases, guitarist Steve Tibbetts. From Europe come ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

We'll Cross That Third Stream When We Come To It

Read "We'll Cross That Third Stream When We Come To It" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Ambition can be a great thing in jazz—emphasis on the “can." We look at a mixed bag of releases experimenting with third stream music, Bach, and other elements. The results, like the music itself, are mixed. Still, our guess is that you haven't heard about at least one of these artists yet, and maybe not all ...

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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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