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Karl Berger

Karl Berger is a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards ( commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Radio and Television: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994 ). Professor of Composition, Artist-in-Residence at universities, schools and festivals worldwide; PhD in Music Esthetics. Karl Berger became noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley ("Grace"), Natalie Merchant ("Ophelia"), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonatha Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Angelique Kidjo a.o.; and for his collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas ("Operazone"), Peter Collins, Andy Wallace, Craig Street, Alain Mallet, Malcolm Burn, Bob Marlett a.m.o

The Lake and the Music

Label: JazzSick Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Lady Is a Tramp; Sweet Georgia Brown; A Thousand Dreams; Gloomy Sunday; Out of Nowhere; All of Me; A Foggy Day; Filthy McNasty; St. Thomas; But I..?.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lajos Dudas: The Lake and the Music

Read "The Lake and the Music" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The Hungarian-born, German-resident clarinetist Lajos Dudas has a lengthy discography, and his long career was celebrated by the Vimeo video Ein Künstlerportrait. He has played classical music, and jazz from bebop to free. But, for what he says is his final album, he has chosen to play fresh interpretations of jazz standards and songs from the ...

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Rondo

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Label: Ravello Records
Released: 2018
Duration: 05:28

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A Selection of Fresh Sounds and Some Re-releases

Read "A Selection of Fresh Sounds and Some Re-releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we have a preview of the forthcoming album from Dave Douglas which celebrates the life and music of Dizzy Gillespie with compositions and arrangements inspired by the trumpet legend. Also featured are a recently re-released album from saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, her first self-released record; reissues of remarkable big band recordings from Joseph ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Kao Hwang & Karl Berger: Conjure

Read "Conjure" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There is an adventurer's appeal when two free thinkers just pick up mid-stream and let the river carry them. Without label or structure constraint, life-preservers and the chronic happenstance which bars so many back from reaching beyond themselves, music emerges shaded by emotional time, humor, awareness, and mutual respect for each other's untapped potential.

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Enrico Rava: Five Decades of Jazz - The Co-leader and Sideman Part 2

Read "Enrico Rava: Five Decades of Jazz - The Co-leader and Sideman Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Final installment of the Enrico Rava special focusing on his projects as co-leader and sideman (click here to access the first part) with a special focus on his 'electric projects,' duo collaborations, in particular with pianists, and artistic relationship with heavy-weight of the American avant-garde like Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp and Jimmy Lyons. Ben ...

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Gordon Grdina, Karl Berger & Jason Kao Hwang, Byron Asher & Colin Hinton

Read "Gordon Grdina, Karl Berger & Jason Kao Hwang, Byron Asher & Colin Hinton" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Vancouver's Gordon Grdina is masterfully adept at guitar and oud, so that flexibility leads to many possibilities for playing opportunities, from jazz and improv settings to his world music group, Haram. This episode finds Grdina opening things up with music from two very recent recordings: Skin and Bones (with Matthew Shipp and Mark Helias) and Cooper's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Drone Dream

Read "Drone Dream" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If the duo of drummer Whit Dickey and cornetist Kirk Knuffke were a baseball team, their signature style would be small ball, the opposite of towering home runs and 100 mph fast balls. They would win games like they sound here with tight efficient playing. They lay down perfect bunts and easily turn the double play ...

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Carlos Bica & Azul: Azul in Ljubljana

Read "Azul in Ljubljana" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Azul è una storica formazione del contrabbassista portoghese Carlos Bica che riunisce musicisti dalle personalità e dal background decisamente variegati. Il leader ha lavorato per diversi anni con la vocalist Maria Joao, ha collaborato con prestigiose voci del fado, ha composto musica da film e per teatro. Il chitarrista tedesco {{Frank Mobus vanta studi al Berklee ...


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