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Kenny Wollesen

Drummer Kenny Wolleson performed on over 30 recordings during the 1990s and, as the decade progressed, gained increasing renown as a musician of astonishing versatility, skill, and ingenuity. He has recorded and toured with all kinds of musicians, from Tom Waits (Wolleson performs on Waits' 1993 collaboration with William S. Burroughs, Black Rider), to Sean Lennon, to Ron Sexsmith (Wolleson performs on his second album, Other Songs). A founding member of the New Klezmer Trio, Wollesen is also all over N.Y.C.'s downtown jazz and avant-garde musicians' recordings, and has been so active as to tour with Bill Frisell and Myra Melford in the same month

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rosa Brunello, The Jazz Passengers, Bill Frisell, Latrala & More

Read "Rosa Brunello, The Jazz Passengers, Bill Frisell, Latrala & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Here is an edition of Mondo Jazz featuring tributes and rembrances of Curtis Fowlkes, Ron Miles and Johnny Hodges, Bill Frisell in an orchestral duo with Wayne Horvitz and with an actual orchestra, plus the exciting new albums by Rosa Brunello and Kenny Wollesen and more.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Article: In Pictures

Torino Jazz Festival 2024, Part 1

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2024, Part 1" reviewed by Antonio Baiano


Part 1 | Part 2 A collection of photos from the Torino Jazz Festival, 12th edition in Torino, Italy from April 20, 2024 to April 30 2024 featuring Dave Holland, Christian McBride, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ernesto Simpson, Jaleel Shaw, Eric Harland, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Lehman, Michele Rabbia, John Zorn, Laura Klain, Ares Tavolazzi, Sakina Abdou, ...

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Article: In Pictures

Torino Jazz Festival 2024, Part 2

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2024, Part 2" reviewed by Antonio Baiano


Part 1 | Part 2A collection of photos from the Torino Jazz Festival, 12th edition in Torino, Italy from April 20, 2024 to April 30 2024 featuring Dave Holland, Christian McBride, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ernesto Simpson, Jaleel Shaw, Eric Harland, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Lehman, Michele Rabbia, John Zorn, Laura Klain, Ares Tavolazzi, Sakina Abdou, Julian ...

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Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier: Chimaera

Read "Chimaera" reviewed by John Sharpe


Even though pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen on hand for Chimaera, the six-piece band is a long way from being merely the storied threesome, which made Double Windsor (Tzadik, 2014), D'Agala (Intakt, 2018) and Free Hoops (Intakt, 2020), plus added guests. As she explains in the liners, ...

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Article: Interview

Quinsin Nachoff: The Science of the Sublime

Read "Quinsin Nachoff: The Science of the Sublime" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


New York-based tenor saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff creates at the intersection of jazz and classical music--and his work history demonstrates he is equally at home in both worlds. From saxophone concertos, chamber music and string quartet to his stellar group Flux--featuring David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood--Nachoff is obliterating genre ...

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RETRO Trilogy

Label: Allegato Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Wind; You’re My Best Friend; Life On Mars; Wonderland; Still Crazy After All These Years; Mr. Blue Sky; Bamboleo; Woman in Chains; Lovesong; In Your Eyes; Sometimes It Snows in April; Time After Time; Tropicalia; Why; La Belle Dame Sans Regrets; Birdhouse in Your Soul; Teardrop; 100 Years

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Chimaera

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Le pavot rouge; La joubarbe aragnaineuse; Partout des prunelles flambolent; La Chimère aux yeux verts; Annâo; Le sabot de Venus.

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Gnosis: The Inner Light

Label: Tzadik
Released: 2021
Track listing: Gnosis; Poimandres; Dance of the Cross; Three Forms of First Thought; Kephalaia; Parthian Songs; Prayer of the Messenger; Sophia=Wisdom.

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Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier: Chimaera

Read "Chimaera" reviewed by Troy Dostert


It says something about pianist Sylvie Courvoisier's current profile in creative jazz that she could assemble such a distinguished ensemble for her latest release, Chimaera. Augmenting her usual trio of bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen are trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Nate Wooley, and with the always interesting Christian Fennesz completing the group on ...


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