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Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and William Russo. His earliest influences included Buck Clayton and Roy Eldrige but, by the time he left for London, he was looking towards bebop, Miles Davis and Fats Navarro particularly. After his arrival in London, Wheeler balanced commercial dance band work with gigs alongside modernists like Joe Harriott and Ronnie Scott, and in 1959 joined the Johnny Dankworth band in time for their breakthrough Newport Jazz Festival appearance

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Roni Ben-Hur: Stories

Read "Stories" reviewed by John Chacona


Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur is an old soul. Uninterested in ostentation, the Israeli-born guitarist has been content to release a series of warm-hearted recordings that favor partnership over pomposity. Half his 12 leader dates have been duets or are co-credited. Stories isn't one of them, but it might as well be. This is an ensemble recording, patient ...

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John Wolf Brennan: Nitty Gritty Ditties

Read "Nitty Gritty Ditties" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Sotto l'insegna Nonsolopiano (sottotitolo del CD), John Wolf Brennan ci offre una nuova prova del suo enciclopedismo musicale, fatto di un polistrumentismo tastieristico in cui il piano rimane pur sempre il faro e di input stilistici (meglio ancora linguistici) decisamente variegati. In questi fittissimi trentatré brani (svarianti da meno di un minuto a quasi quattro, per ...

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Enrico Morello: Cyclic Signs

Read "Cyclic Signs" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Esponente di una nuova generazione di musicisti che si muovono sulla scena nazionale con notevole vitalità e versatilità, il batterista Enrico Morello si è messo in luce in contesti diversi, collaborando con un veterano come Enrico Rava, che lo ha inserito nel proprio New Quartet accanto a Francesco Diodati e Gabriele Evangelista, poi nel sestetto Special ...

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Rodrigo Faina and Change Ensemble: Different Roots

Read "Different Roots" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is not the usual large ensemble jazz recording. Instead of having instrumental groups play against each other, this music moves largely as a massed force with only sparing solo statements. It carries the gravity and weight of classical music and mixes in the harmonies and colors of jazz composers like Gil Evans and Kenny Wheeler ...

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Martin Wind, Philip Catherine, Ack Van Rooyen: White Noise

Read "White Noise" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


«Il silenzio è diventato sempre più un lusso—dice Martin Wind—con White Noise ho voluto creare un polo acustico opposto. Una sorta di oasi sonora in cui il pubblico può rilassarsi e godere la musica fino alla sua massima espressione». Per ottenere questo il contrabbassista tedesco—a New York da 25 anni—ha voluto accanto a ...

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Jordan VanHemert: I Am Not A Virus

Read "I Am Not A Virus" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


It was bad enough that 2020 brought with it the scourge of a pandemic of proportions not seen in a hundred years. But add to that the ugliness of racial tensions and xenophobia and one would be hard pressed to grapple with the idea of much good coming from such adversity. Michigan educator and saxophonist Jordan ...

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Russ Lossing: Metamorphism

Read "Metamorphism" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Registrato nel luglio del 2017, questo lavoro a firma dell'allora cinquantasettenne Russ Lossing, pianista della scena newyorchese originario dell'Ohio, vede all'opera un quartetto classico nella formazione, ma in equilibrio tra mainstream e contemporaneità negli stilemi. Il leader, infatti, ha alle spalle trentacinque anni di collaborazioni con artisti di primissimo piano, da Kenny Wheeler a ...

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Kurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra: The Unreleased WDR Jazz Recordings 1957 - 1974

Read "The Unreleased WDR Jazz Recordings 1957 - 1974" reviewed by Chris May


This 3xCD collection of recordings by Kurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra is culled from over three thousand individual tracks recorded under the auspices of Cologne, Germany radio station WDR over close on twenty years. It is, as the expression goes, a curate's egg. That is to say, parts of it are excellent and parts of it ...

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Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star

Read "Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


In 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach and to work on a research project at the Kunstuniversität Graz ("University of the Arts in Graz"). I taught a first-year course in jazz theory that was really a delight. These students were already extremely accomplished performers and composers. About half of the class was comprised ...


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