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Umbria Jazz 2021

Read "Umbria Jazz 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Perugia Varie sedi 09--18/07/2021 Fra i molti festival jazz che si sono affollati e sovrapposti nei mesi di giugno e luglio, probabilmente Umbria Jazz è quello che più ha sofferto della situazione pandemica. L'impossibilità di organizzare i concerti gratuiti nel centro storico, la mancanza di turismo, la defezione, anche all'ultimo minuto, di ...

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Article: Album Review

Lucia Cadotsch: Speak Low II

Read "Speak Low II" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


On their sophomore effort, the multinational European trio around Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch follows the band's initial instinct of organically dissecting and rearranging old favorites of the respective band members. This time around the trio is expanded by English keyboartdist Kit Downes' occasional organ embellishments and Lucy Railton's additions of odd melodic cello lines to conceptually ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Article: Album Review

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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