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James Bond and other Secret Agents, Spies and Detectives - Part 2

Read "James Bond and other Secret Agents, Spies and Detectives - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In the first part of the show [click here to listen to it] we focused on jazz inspired by the music composed by James Barry for the James Bond series. Here we switch our attention to other great soundtrack composers like Lalo Schifrin, or Quincy Jones, and other movie characters like Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Marple, Nero ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Amarcord Hal Willner

Read "Amarcord Hal Willner" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The iconic producer Hal Willner passed away a little over a week ago, on Tuesday 7 April 2020. The same day, John Prine and Eddy Davis also took off. It felt like a COVID-19-induced Black Tuesday for the music world, but maybe Hal had simply invited them to join him for a follow-up to Lost in ...

Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook

Read "Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook" reviewed by Martin Longley

Hal Willner The Stone June 14, 15, 17, 2016 Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected artists, assigned ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando el Tiempo

Read "Andando el Tiempo" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There are few figures in modern music that are truly more iconic than Carla Bley. Her list of accomplishments are impossible to chronicle in this limited space, but suffice to say that her influence traverses genres, styles and generations, in a way that perhaps no other artist has approached. Her early crowning jewel—the jazz opera Escalator ...

Business is Bad

Label: XtraWATT/ECM
Released: 2015
Track listing: Catch as Catch Can; My Magic Pencil (Wrote This Melody); Speak French; Wintertime; Surviving You; Business is Bad; I Can't Afford My Lawyer; My Solo; That Damn Volcano.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

AngelicA Festival: 25 anni

Read "AngelicA Festival: 25 anni" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Centro di ricerca musicale Bologna 02-31.05.2015 John Oswald coadiuvato da Domenico Caliri, Chris Cutler & Co. Gianni Gebbia e Carl Stone, Sidsel Endresen con Stian Westerhus: pillole, ma tonificanti, di un festival durato un mese e votato a «presentare musica in continuo movimento senza adagiarsi sulle “novità" o sul “consolidato," ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Karen Mantler: Business is Bad

Read "Business is Bad" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist Karen Mantler's fifth release as a leader, Business is Bad, is a set of nine intimate sketches of everyday life. Delivered in Mantler's unique musical style, the pieces range from the whimsical “My Magic Pencil" to the elegiac “Surviving You" and everything in-between. Mantler does not so much sing these engaging soliloquies as ...

Business is Bad

Label: XtraWATT/ECM
Released: 2014
Track listing: Catch as Catch Can; My Magic Pencil (Wrote This Melody); Speak French; Wintertime; Surviving You; Business is Bad; I Can't Afford My Lawyer; My Solo; That Damn Volcano.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Karen Mantler: Business is Bad

Read "Business is Bad" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been nearly two decades since Karen Mantler last released an album under her own name on the XtraWATT label belonging to her similarly coifed mother, pianist/composer Carla Bley, but she's been anything but idle. Work on Bley albums like Appearing Nightly (Watt, 2008), recordings by father Michael Mantler like Folly Seeing All This (ECM, 1993), ...


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