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The Calle Stenman Quintet: Mr Sands Is In The Dressing Room

Read "Mr Sands Is In The Dressing Room" reviewed by Chris May

Welcome to the debut album from the self-proclaimed “roughest jazz group in Sweden," led by trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer Calle Stenman. By rough, Stenman's original Swedish text probably meant something akin to “raucous," for there is nothing untutored or blemished about the album, which has been carefully crafted. Four of the tunes—the hard boppish “Jazzkaban," post-boppish ...

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Gabriele Coen: Incontro con Leonard Bernstein in chiave Jazz

Read "Gabriele Coen: Incontro con Leonard Bernstein in chiave Jazz" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Parlando del padre Leonard Bernstein la figlia Jamie in un occassione disse “Ogni anno la sua musica sembra sempre essere migliore, forse il suo momento arriverà, dopo tutto." In effetti la modernità delle composizioni è una delle caratteristiche che hanno reso la musica del grande direttore d'orchestra parte del patrimonio artistico del '900 tanto da risultare ...

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Hal Willner's Rock 'n' Rota

Read "Hal Willner's Rock 'n' Rota" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Anyone who has ever been at an all-star event--especially if that was a tribute concert--has learned the importance of Aristotle's maxim the hard way. Maybe the occasion was momentous, the cast probably star-studded, the heart certainly in the right place and the expectations high... however, at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The turkey trot and tango became so popular by 1914 that the Vatican saw fit to denounce them. American ballrooms, once invaded by European dance steps, were now throbbing to these sexier moves. In his eminent book, The History Of Jazz, author Ted Gioia argues that such new currents in social dancing also forced a change ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Prima Parte

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2018 - Prima Parte" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Vicenza Jazz Varie sedi 10--20.05.2018 “The Birth of the Youth" era l'allusivo sottotitolo della ventitreesima edizione del festival vicentino, come sempre sotto la direzione di Riccardo Brazzale. Il tentativo, affrontato anche dalla grafica neo-psichedelica del manifesto e dai saggi di vari autori nel prezioso quaderno, era quello di celebrare il ...

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Radka Toneff: Fairytales

Read "Fairytales" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Norway's best-selling jazz album ever is also a recording laced with tragedy. Only weeks after its 1982 release, singer Radka Toneff was found dead in the Bygdøy woods, near Oslo. She was aged thirty. The verdict was suicide caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. Toneff was born in 1952 and by her ...

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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

Read "Without A Trace" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra follows up the highly successful debut album Portraits and Places (Origin, 2016), with another masterpiece recording on Without A Trace offering new and exciting arrangements of three standards and four creative Reeves originals that all together, pack quite a powerful musical punch. A full-tenured professor at The City University of New ...

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Cecile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers

Read "Dreams and Daggers" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È un disco importante questo di Cécile McLorin Salvant. Il disco della piena maturità, quello che segna la consacrazione della giovane vocalist nell'olimpo del canto jazz. Dopo tre lavori in studio (l'ultimo dei quali vincitore di un Grammy) Cécile dimostra con questo doppio live di non essere solo la voce afro-americana più avvincente del presente ma ...

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Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle

Read "Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio Dazzle Denver, CO November 10, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio. Two acts for the price of one? Two different artists welded together for the sake of a concert? Hardly. Salvant has been performing with Diehl and his trio for ...

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Eric Ineke: Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter

Read "Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Eric Ineke is a long time drummer, residing in the Netherlands, who is one of a coterie of sidemen favored by American expatriate jazz musicians for their European gigs. This fine compilation of his work with nine of the great tenor saxophonists gives the listener a golden opportunity to listen to some of their best workouts ...


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