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Mauro Sigura Quartet: Terra Vetro

Read "Terra Vetro" reviewed by Chris May

Although the Italian oud player and composer Mauro Sigura bills his band as a world-jazz group which combines traditional Ottoman-Mediterranean music with modern European jazz, the band's sophomore album is not full-on, capped-up World Jazz in the manner of, say, fellow oudist Anouar Brahem's Blue Maqams (ECM, 2017). That album, made with double bassist Dave Holland, ...

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Irreversible Entanglements, Goran Kajfes, Soul Gnawa & Other New Releases

Read "Irreversible Entanglements, Goran Kajfes, Soul Gnawa & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week's exploration of new and upcoming releases and releases features projects inspired by music from Benin and the Gnawa tradition of Morocco, hip-hop and electronica, as well as a tribute to Eddie Harris and the socially engaged music of Irreversible Entanglements. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...

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Destination Africa! Part I: Mali, Morocco & Tunisia

Read "Destination Africa! Part I: Mali, Morocco & Tunisia" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this episode we'll explore jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, with a special focus on Mali, Morocco and Tunisia. Happy Listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Daniel Freedman “All Brothers" from Bamako ...

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Internationales Jazz Festival Münster 2017

Read "Internationales Jazz Festival Münster 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Theater Münster Münster, Germany Internationales Jazz Festival 2017 January 6-8, 2017 Münster, city of 300,000 inhabitants, situated in the northern part of German state North Rhine-Westphalia, with 18 million inhabitants the most populous state of Germany, has an ambitious biannual jazz festival now in its 27th year. The northern part of ...

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Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2014

Read "Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2014" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Saalfelden 28-31.08.2014 A bocce ferme il 35° Jazzfestival di Saalfelden presentava un programma meno appariscente rispetto a precedenti edizioni, con meno densità di nomi altisonanti e meno eventi imperdibili. Ma forse proprio per la mancanza di aspettative clamorose, grazie alla solida direzione artistica tra certezze e curiosità e per quelle alchimie speciali che regolano ...

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Jazzablanca Festival 2014: Casablanca, Morocco

Read "Jazzablanca Festival 2014:  Casablanca, Morocco" reviewed by Mehdi El Mouden

Hippodrome Anfa Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco March 29-April 3, 2014 Jazz breathes new life through the Jazzablanca Festival. Rethinking Jazz culture is a difficult process, as no findings about jazz audiences in Morocco exist. Jazz is only brought to the fore of discussion at festival time. The media does not publicize ...

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Joachim Kuhn: Voodoo Sense

Read "Voodoo Sense" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The fourth outing from German pianist Joachim Kühn, Moroccan vocalist and guembri (bass lute) player Majid Bekkas, and Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez continues the trio's exploration into free-jazz and North African roots that began with Kalimba ( ACT Music, 2007). The percussion and rhythms of the Magreb were more prominent on Out of the Desert (ACT ...

Mabrouk

Label: Bee Jazz
Released: 2012
Track listing: Banya; Fangara; Mabrouk; Salya; Masmoudi; Bala Moussa; Le Monde à l'envers; Hommage aux ancêtres.

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Majid Bekkas: Mabrouk

Read "Mabrouk" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Bekkas is a leading Gnawa musician who sings and plays the oud, as well as acoustic guitar and guembri, the three-stringed bass-like instrument that provides the trance-inducing pulse of Gnawa music. The Gnawa, in turn, are spiritual brotherhoods formed in Morocco among slaves brought there from sub-Saharan Africa over the centuries. Bekkas has collaborated with a ...


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