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Article: Album Review

Irene Schweizer / Hamid Drake: Celebration

Read "Celebration" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Celebration is a walloping storm of free jazz, rolling in on a hard-hitting percussion mode. Pianist Irene Schweizer holds down the piano chair, Hamid Drake is behind the drum kit. The pair has played and recorded together often. The opener, “A Former Dialogue," introduces us to a drum thunder and a splattering of fat piano-crafted raindrops. ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Saxophone Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums

Read "Saxophone  Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Miles Davis once said you could tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. You might want to add John Coltrane, you might even want to add Davis. But however you cut it, saxophones and trumpets have been the flag bearers of the music. Trumpets got things rolling and saxophones came into ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Indaba Is

Read "Indaba Is" reviewed by Chris May


There are probably several reasons why American jazz made the deep and lasting impact it did on South Africa in the 1950s. One may be that the colonial regime which was imposed on the country during Europe's pan-African nineteenth-century landgrab was among the most vicious of them all, and persisted the longest through the apartheid system ...

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Article: Profile

Keith Tippett: 100 Best Foots Forward

Read "Keith Tippett: 100 Best Foots Forward" reviewed by Duncan Heining


From the Albert Hall at twenty-two with a fifty-piece band to picking potatoes to make ends meet a decade later, Keith Tippett's life in music could sum up many a jazz career. After a grim '80s, things now look better for the composer, pianist and bandleader. “What I'm about to say is ridiculous but it was ...

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Article: Radio

Dave Holland, Louis Moholo, Ben Van Gelder, Emma Frank & Other New Releases

Read "Dave Holland, Louis Moholo, Ben Van Gelder, Emma Frank & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


After three weeks of thematic episodes, we have to get back to checking what's new and what's coming up... The piles of new and upcoming releases have been building up and we could not wait any longer. So here's to a great episode with new, upcoming and reissued gems, featuring the music of Dave Holland, Zakir ...

Article: Interview

Livio Minafra - pianista diversamente abile

Read "Livio Minafra - pianista diversamente abile" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Spesso, intervistando gli amici jazzisti, mi sono reso conto che parlano come suonano: le concatenazioni del loro linguaggio, la coloritura dei termini, le digressioni, la ponderatezza o la spontaneità delle considerazioni rappresentano la trasposizione in parole del loro mondo musicale. E questo è del tutto naturale e comprensibile perché una forte personalità nell'esternarsi si esprime sempre ...

Article: Album Review

Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is A Reptile

Read "Your Queen Is A Reptile" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello


Con il consueto ritardo (tempo tecnico di maturazione lo definirebbe qualcuno di più diplomatico) anche il mondo globalizzato del jazz si sta accorgendo del talento di Shabaka Hutchings. Chi bazzica infatti il jazz europeo più vivace non può non avere notato da tempo il sassofonista inglese, con i The Comet Is Coming, con Louis Moholo, con ...

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Article: Interview

Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory

Read "Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory" reviewed by Seton Hawkins


It can be overwhelming to keep up with the artistic growth, creative reach, and constant development that marks the career of Nduduzo Makhathini. In the past four years, he has released eight solo albums, all exploring remarkably different territories and demonstrating a ceaselessly probing mind and inventive creative urge. In addition to that, he has emerged ...

Article: My Playlist

Fred Casadei: quello che sto ascoltando

Read "Fred Casadei: quello che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Charles Mingus, Mingus Plays Piano, (Impulse!, 1964). Questo è uno dei dischi che amo di più, fonte di ascolto ma, ancora oggi, di studio. Ci sono soluzioni armoniche davvero moderne, ancora oggi, brani come «Myself When I'm Real» potrebbero essere stati scritti oggi... con la differenza che la passione di Mingus è ...

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Article: Profile

Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 1-2

Read "Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 1-2" reviewed by Barry Witherden


Part 1 | Part 2 Some three-and-a-half minutes into Release, the Deram recording of Mike Westbrook's seminal suite mixing Swing classics with Westbrook originals, after a scorching solo by John Surman on “The Few," an alto saxophone cadenza emerged from a free ensemble passage: the tone was penetrating, incisive, severe, the phrasing intense, passionate ...


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