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Joëlle Léandre

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Joelle Leandre started playing recorder but quickly moved to piano and from the age of 9 to 14 studied both piano and double bass in her home town of Aix-en-Provence. Her double bass teacher, Pierre Delescluse, encouraged her to apply to the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where she won first prize for double bass. In 1976 she received a scholarship to the Center for Creative and Performing Arts in Buffalo, a time that was to prove particularly influential due to encounters with Morton Feldman, and the music of Earl Brown, John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi. At the same time, she was able to experience the downtown New York music scene and continue her involvement in improvised music. Joelle Leandre has continued to be involved with contemporary 'straight' music, not only as a member of contemporary music ensembles such as 2E2M, Itineraire and l'Ensemble Intercontemporain but particularly through the works of Cage and Scelsi, several of which have been recorded by her

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Article: Album Review

Benoit Delbecq: The Weight of Light

Read "The Weight of Light" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Parisian pianist & composer Benoît Delbecq has not recorded a solo album in more than a decade. His collaborations are with impressive company including Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Lotte Anker, Mark Turner, Steve Argüelles, Gerald Cleaver, Marc Ducret, Gerry Hemingway, Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Kris Davis. It is Davis' Pyroclastic Records that Delbecq calls ...

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Article: Book Review

Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

Read "Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Universal Tonality: The Life And Music Of William Parker Cisco Bradley 384 Pages ISBN: # 978147801014 Duke University Press 2021 Who is William Parker? He is a jazz bassist, yes. But he is also a band leader, composer, writer & poet, community organizer, peace activist, and cultural anthropologist. Cisco ...

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A Uiš?

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: A Uiš

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Article: Album Review

Joëlle Léandre / Evan Parker / Agustí Fernández / Zlatko Kaučič: A Uiš?

Read "A Uiš?" reviewed by John Sharpe


Though the instrumentation on A Uiš evokes the classic jazz quartet, the outcome resides a world away from that tradition. To celebrate 40 years as a professional musician, Slovenian drummer Zlatko Kaučič assembled a quartet of top drawer improvisers for a 45-minute collectively navigated journey, recorded live at the jazz festival in his home town of ...

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Article: Radio

Bassisterhood - Part 2

Read "Bassisterhood - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our exploration of bands and projects lead by female bass players which have become exponentially more prominent in the past two decades. Here is the fascinating music by musicians that debunk commonly held stereotypes related to the physicality of music, and develop a personal way to synthesize their countless sources of inspiration.

Article: Interview

Francesco Massaro: zoologo imperfetto

Read "Francesco Massaro: zoologo imperfetto" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Francesco Massaro, quarantaduenne compositore, sassofonista e clarinettista pugliese, è da alcuni anni uno dei musicisti più interessanti della penisola, messosi in luce per il singolare tipo di ricerca a cavallo tra improvvisazione e scrittura non convenzionale portata avanti dalla sua principale formazione, Bestiario. Lo abbiamo intervistato in occasione dell'uscita del terzo lavoro del gruppo, Quaderni di ...

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Article: Radio

The French Scene - Part 4

Read "The French Scene - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In this final installment of our exploration of today's French jazz scene, we focus on a number of projects that illustrate how beautifully French musicians blend their many influences, from troubadour music of the middle-ages to pop songs of the '60s and '70s, and interests, from Greek mythology to the M-Base collective, with jazz.

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Article: Album Review

Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravska Banda: Distant Radio Transmission

Read "Distant Radio Transmission" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Roscoe Mitchell, a co-founder of the AACM and Art Ensemble of Chicago, continues to discover new intersections of jazz, classical and avant-garde music with Distant Radio Transmission. As he approaches eighty years of age Mitchell has waved off time and tradition, reinventing the AEoC brand with the orchestrated--sometimes operatic--We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary ...

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Article: Album Review

PUI4: A Pearl In Dirty Hands

Read "A Pearl In Dirty Hands" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Più volte negli ultimi Nicola Guazzaloca ha lavorato in Portogallo, sia esibendosi con compagni italiani (come nel caso del duo con Edoardo Marraffa, documentato in Em Portugal!), sia collaborando con artisti locali, come in questo A Pearl In Dirty Hands dei PUI4, quartetto che lo vede a fianco dei portoghesi Joao Pedro Viegas al clarinetto basso, ...


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