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Tara Minton: Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid

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Born in Melbourne, Australia, but resident in London since 2011, Tara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and song writer who straddles the boundary between jazz and contemporary composition. She has an interestingly eclectic musical history; she previously played with Melbourne Opera for some years and also toured with Björk. Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid is ...

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Mary Halvorson At 40

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Guitarist Mary Halvorson enrolled to study Biology at Wesleyan University, but she soon dropped the subject after sitting in on one of saxophonist Anthony Braxton's music classes there, instead studying jazz. By November 2004, shortly after her twenty-fourth birthday, Halvorson played guitar at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as a member of Braxton's quintet, the first ...

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Elsewhere Piano Series No. 2

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When Elsewhere released its three-album Piano Series No.1 in the summer of 2019, the All About Jazz review of it concluded as follows,"This Piano Series consists of three distinctively different recordings, any one of which would have attracted attention and plaudits in its own right. It is a measure of the quality of the series that ...

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Two "Unusual" releases on Another Timbre

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In Another Timbre's brief notes about the label's autumn 2020 releases, two of the five album descriptions included the word “unusual," the first time that this has occurred. Monument of Diamonds is described as “using an unusual 17-tone scale developed by Erv Wilson." That is followed by the blurb for Good Day Good Day Bad Day ...

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Keune Lash Noble: And Now

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The trio of German saxophonist Stefan Keune with British bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Steve Noble first came together in September 2013 when they appeared at guitarist John Russell's monthly Mopomoso afternoon at The Vortex, Keune having been a regular visitor there through his duo with Russell which dates back to the 90's. The trio worked ...

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Two contrasting Covid-19 recordings from Switzerland

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The chaos brought about by the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown hit the livelihoods of most musicians, causing real hardship, difficulties and anxiety for many. The Another Timbre label took action to assist them in several practical ways; it distributed over £3,000 from sales during the pandemic to many musicians whose work it released; in conjunction with other ...

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Cristián Alvear on INSUB

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Since the Chilean guitarist Cristián Alvear first appeared in Europe and had his debut album, 24 Petits Préludes Pour La Guitare, released by Edition Wanderweiser, in 2013, he has been highly productive and visible, releasing about forty albums in some seven years. Impressive as that figure may seem, even more so are the labels he has ...

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The Art of the Duo?

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As an album title, The Art of the Duo has been used at least three times: a 1983 studio recording by US saxophonist Lee Konitz and German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, released in 1988 on Enja; a 1988 studio recording by pianist Mal Waldron and saxophonist Jim Pepper, released in 1989 on Tutu; a 1991 live recording ...

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Keys and Screws: Some More Jazz

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In Berlin, in June 2010, a trio calling themselves Boom Box recorded the album Jazz (Jazzwerkstatt, 2011) which was released to considerable acclaim; that group comprised Thomas Borgmann on tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophones plus harmonica, Akira Ando on double-bass and Willi Kellers on drums and percussion, each of whom penned two of the album's six ...

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Klangraum 2020

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Antoine Beuger, Max Bober, René Holtcamp, Christoph Nicolaus, Normisa Pereira da Silva, Rasha Ragab, Sabine Schall, Els van Riel, Burkhard Wehner Neuer Kunstraum / Jazzschmiede Klangraum 2020 Dusseldorf, Germany July 14-19, 2020 Every year, for two separate weeks in the summer--usually in July or August-- Wandelweiser ...


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