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London Jazz Composers Orchestra 50 Year Anniversary

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London Jazz Composers Orchestra Alchemia and Manggha Museum Krakow, Poland March 6-8, 2020 Intro Fifty years and counting. One of the most important larger bands in European jazz, The London Jazz Composers Orchestra celebrated its golden anniversary over three days in Krakow which culminated in a triumphant performance of “Harmos." ...

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chuffDRONE, Treesearch & Mark Segger

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This episode is a mixed bag of some newer releases and some recent ones definitely worthy of revisiting. The Austrian quintet chuffDrone takes an interesting approach to its highly polished improvisation, while the duo of bassist Rob Clutton and saxophonist Tony Malaby create an album of gems on Offering; it's the kind of personal connection that ...

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Antoine Berjeaut, Jeff Parker, Rita Marcotulli and More New Releases

Read "Antoine Berjeaut, Jeff Parker, Rita Marcotulli and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Mondo Jazz's final stash of new releases of 2019 is the perfect way to end a year that has been generous and full of surprises. During this first hour we'll sample the music of many 'bands without borders' as well as tributes to Mose Allison, Dewey Redman and Bernard Herrmann. Happy listening!

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More 2019 Favourites

Read "More 2019 Favourites" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a continued look at 2019 favourites in this edition (the entire first segment, then random thereafter), but some new releases have filtered in as well: drummer Jeff Davis and a great band debut The Fastness, while clarinetist Aaron Novik continues a string of new albums, and one of the premier avant-garde trios--George Graewe, Ernst Reijseger ...

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Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band at Aghavannagh Barracks

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Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band Aghavannagh Barracks Wicklow, Ireland August 14-15, 2019 Have you ever wondered what goes into a performance? For some it might just be a quick run through of familiar standards, while for free improvisers any prep at all might be anathema. But for a large ensemble rehearsal ...

Alchemia Garden

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Alchemia Garden; Flora Glow; Bakossi Dew; Go Goblin; Tuned Arrow; Seeds ’n’ Roots; Ooze; Mimosa; Pulsatilla; Booloobali; Ohia Lehua; Nelumbo Nero; Villa Caroba; Welwitschia; Hydnora.

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018: The Community Series at Koncertkirken

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Koncertkirken Copenhagen Jazz Festival Copenhagen July 13-14, 2018 It was a flying visit of two days at this year's Copenhagen Jazz Festival with its 1500 concerts during 10 days. But with so many concerts spread over the city even two days demands serious decision-making and crisscrossing town. I was primarily ...

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Lucas Niggli: Alchemia Garden

Read "Alchemia Garden" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Powerhouse Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli augments this solo effort with ethnocentric percussion instruments, that largely emphasizes his well-rounded musical approach. He draws inspiration from his gardening hobby, classical composers and fellow countryman, drumming great Pierre Favre. As a leader and collaborator, Niggli's longstanding affiliation and extensive discography with this pioneering Swiss label features a cavalcade of ...

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2016, Part 1

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Various Venues Victoriaville, Quebec May 19-20, 2016 Part 1 | Part 2 The 32nd edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville began with a performance of new compositions by Norwegian guitarist/composer Kim Myhr with Montreal's Quatour ...


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