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Chance

Label: Label Bleu
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cinecitta; Jungle Jig; Simone Et Robert; Pina B.; Laniakea; Le Même Fleuve; Standing Horse; Chance.

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The French Scene - Part 4

Read "The French Scene - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this final installment of our exploration of today's French jazz scene, we focus on a number of projects that illustrate how beautifully French musicians blend their many influences, from troubadour music of the middle-ages to pop songs of the '60s and '70s, and interests, from Greek mythology to the M-Base collective, with jazz.

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Henri Texier: Chance

Read "Chance" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

French double bassist Henri Texier gained prominence back in the early 1960s, when he was working in Paris playing alongside American expatriates such as Bud Powell or Johnny Griffin. Over the years he has played with many international greats and proven a prolific composer as well as an unparalleled foundation on bass. Yet, one could argue ...

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Michael Jackson: Man in a Jazz Mirror - Part I

Read "Michael Jackson: Man in a Jazz Mirror - Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week let's pay homage to the musical legacy of Michael Jackson. It has been 10 years since Michael Jackson passed away and lots of things have emerged since then, but the popularity of his music remains strong, including among jazz musicians (the majority of the tracks featured this week was released after his ...

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Moutin Factory Quintet: Mythical River

Read "Mythical River" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Not so long ago, fresh off a two-week tour that stretched along the path of the Mississippi River, the Moutin Factory Quintet took to a Paris studio to record the material that would come to constitute this album. Drawing inspiration from those mythic waters while stylistically keeping a good distance from sounds that emerged from its ...

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Henri Texier: Sand Woman

Read "Sand Woman" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Henry Texier, uno dei grandi protagonisti della musica europea, presenta qui una raccolta di suoi lavori già editi, ma risalenti perlopiù a molti anni orsono (in alcuni casi, anche quaranta) e qui reinterpretati dall'ultima edizione del suo quintetto che, accanto al figlio Sébastien Texier e al fido chitarrista Manu Codjia, vede in scena due giovani leve ...

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(Not So) Standards

Read "(Not So) Standards" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For decades jazz standards have provided improvisers with both a vehicle and a testing ground for their creativity. In some cases they have taken more liberties than others. This week we focus on not-so-standard renditions of jazz standards, from “Take Five" to “My Favorite Things," from “Mood Indigo" to “'Round Midnight," two hours of jazz played ...

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Dizzy & Lead Belly: Interviews with Dave Douglas and Adam Nussbaum

Read "Dizzy & Lead Belly: Interviews with Dave Douglas and Adam Nussbaum" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

When interpreting music from the past, should contemporary musicians focus on its form or its spirit? We examine this question by interviewing Dave Douglas about his “Dizzy's Atmosphere" project and Adam Nussbaum about The Lead Belly Project album. Happy Listening! Playlist Manu Codjia, Geraldine Laurent, Christophe Marguet “Shaw' Nuff" from The Lounge ...

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Moutin Factory Quintet: Deep

Read "Deep" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Deep. So very, very, deep. Rarely does a single four-letter word so eloquently and accurately capture the spirit of an album. Everything from the grooves to the compositions to the thought content embedded in each musician's statements can be summed up by that simple-yet-complex title. The Moutin brothers--bassist Francois and drummer Louis--formed the ...


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