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LUCIAN BAN was raised in a small village in northwest Transylvania, in “the region where Bartok did his most extensive research and collecting of folk songs" and grew up listening to both traditional and classical music. He studied composition at the Bucharest Music Academy while simultaneously leading his own jazz groups, and notes that his approach to improvisation has been influenced by “the profound musical contributions of Romanian modern classical composers like Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru and of course Enesco". Desire to get closer to the source of jazz brought him to the US, and since moving from Romania to New York in 1999 has been leading several projects creating music that reinvents the jazz idiom and collaborating with some of today’s most celebrated jazz musicians

ARTICLE: RADIO

R.I.P. McCoy Tyner and Jon Christensen

Read "R.I.P. McCoy Tyner and Jon Christensen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

As social distancing becomes the norm in this new world, filling the spaces with music seems like a great idea to keep people together. Two musicians whose careers did exactly that are recognized in the last part of this week's episode: pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Jon Christensen, both of whom passed in recent weeks. They ...

Free Fall

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Quiet Storm; Free Fall; Jesus Maria; Mysteries; Near; The Pilgrim; Cry, Want; Used to Be.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mat Maneri Quartet: Dust

Read "Dust" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The respective artists are firmly rooted in the modern vanguard of experimentation, improvisation and countless offshoots of the jazz vernacular. However, A-list bassist John Hebert is also a veteran of many modern/progressive jazz sessions but, as evidenced here, is also comfortable exploring the outside realm. Hence, the musicians dish out a rather somber and stoic chamber-jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

North Sea Round Town 2019

Read "North Sea Round Town 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

North Sea Round Town Dawn: A Trilogy of Sound Rotterdam Wihelmina Pier June 28-29, 2019 North Sea Round Town is a community-based festival in the port city of Rotterdam (largest port in Europe) situated in the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta at the North Sea. With its 365 concerts spread over ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lucian Ban, Alex Simu: Free Fall

Read "Free Fall" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Il mondo di Jimmy Giuffre, anzi più nello specifico quello del trio con Paul Bley e Steve Swallow (anche se qui non c'è traccia di contrabbasso) e di un suo storico album in particolare, omonimo di questo e inciso, tranne un brano, nell'autunno (fall, appunto) 1962, è il punto di riferimento di questo notevole album del ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

An Embarrassment of Riches

Read "An Embarrassment of Riches" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

It's a great time to be a jazz lover, with so many fantastic new releases that it's almost overwhelming. To quote Shakespeare, it's an embarrassment of riches! This week we have handpicked some of the most exciting new music, from giants like Bill Frisell and Chris Potter to indie upstarts and international artists like Theon Cross ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast!

Read "2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As they say, “a good beginning makes a good ending" and, based on the extraordinary amount of sensational new releases that have come out in less than a month, it looks like we're in it for a great musical ride in 2019. Here are two hours of gems from albums that have just been, or about ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

More 2018 Faves, Christoph Irniger Pilgrim & Liberty Ship

Read "More 2018 Faves, Christoph Irniger Pilgrim & Liberty Ship" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A second week of favourite recordings from 2018 by Scott Clark, Schnell, Jason Robinson, Enrique Haneine, Steve Coleman, Nicole Mitchell and Liberty Ship. This week we also dig into some of the newer releases that have arrived: the Wing Walker Orchestra, Francesco Diodati & Yellow Squeeds, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Christoph Irniger Pilgrim among others. Top it ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are ten new releases and two partial reissues, reviewed on All About Jazz, which stood out among the 200 or so discs that I heard this year. Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary HalvorsonCrop Circles (Relative Pitch Records) Over the last fifteen years or more, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and guitarist ...


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