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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

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Alex Harding, Lucian Ban: Dark Blue

Read "Dark Blue" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Duo estremamente longevo questo tra il pianista di origini rumene Lucian Ban e il sassofonista di Detroit Alex Harding, questo Dark Blue è il loro quarto album, ma esce a undici anni dal precedente. E la loro intesa è tangibile lungo tutto l'arco del programma, che include solo brani originali (sei di Harding e cinque di ...

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Mat Maneri: Dust

Read "Dust" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nuovo lavoro di Mat Maneri assieme a quello che pare ormai il suo compagno di viaggio prediletto, il pianista rumeno Lucian Ban. I due--che dopo il loro >Transylvanian Concert (ECM, 2013), hanno collaborato numerose volte--sono qui affiancati dall'eccellente contrabbassista John Hébert e dal batterista Randy Peterson, e si dividono anche la titolarità dei brani--cinque di Maneri, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ennio Morricone + Betty LaVette, Gordon Grdina, Billy Martin & New Releases

Read "Ennio Morricone + Betty LaVette, Gordon Grdina, Billy Martin & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we pay tribute to the late Ennio Morricone the way we often do, through renditions of his memorable soundtracks performed by contemporary creative jazz artists like John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Marco Cappelli, Guano Padano, and Oddjob. We then check out some great new releases that cross borders, stylistic definitions and generations. Happy ...

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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 ...

Dark Blue

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Dark Blue; Tough Love; Chakra; Black Sea; Monkey See; Not That Kind of Blues; Esto; H.B; Lowcountry Blue; The Invisible Man; Hymn.

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 ...

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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 ...


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