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Massimo Biolcati

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In the 21st century jazz is truly a global movement, and New York bassist Massimo Biolcati embodies the music’s creative reach. A first-call accompanist, producer, composer and bandleader, he’s best known as a founding member of Gilfema, the acclaimed collective trio with Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth and Beninese guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke that recorded two albums for Obliqsound. The group also recorded three albums for Blue Note as the Lionel Loueke Trio, including Karibu with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Once again known as Gilfema, the trio recently recorded a third album, which Biolcati produced

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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A Way Out

Label: Sounderscore
Released: 2021
Track listing: Rogue; A Way Out; Piano Rain; Young And Fine; It Might As Well Be Spring; The Time In Between; Nicolette; Frog Mode.

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Article: Interview

Lionel Loueke: I Dare You

Read "Lionel Loueke: I Dare You" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Though 2020 proved to be challenging, to say the least, Lionel Loueke can look back on a year blighted by the COVID-19 pandemic with some personal satisfaction. To produce not one but two great albums was no small feat. First, there was Gilfema 3 (Sounderscore), a brilliant outing with Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth--the trio's first ...

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Article: Album Review

Eshed Korten Biolcati Kim: A Way Out

Read "A Way Out" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


One of the more exciting scenarios in jazz unfolds when a group of players comes together, not to realize one individual's specific vision, but just for the sake of making music together and to develop a chemistry which, ideally, was there from the beginning. The group effort here presents the fruits of such an occasion. A ...

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Three

Label: Sounderscore
Released: 2020
Track listing: Têkê; Little Wing; Lé; Happiness; 13th Floor to Heaven; Brio; Fleuve Congo; Algorythm and Blues; Dear J.L.; Aflao; Left Undone; Requiem For a Soul; Until.

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Incontre

Label: Sounderscore
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hello, I Lied; Boo Boo’s Birthday; Smile; Everybody Wants To Rule The World; Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love; Incontre; How’s Never; Fellini; Birthday Song, Almost.

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Article: Year in Review

Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Coronavirus, lockdown, election recount, fake news, inspector Javert, Hans Gruber and Lord Voldemort. So, now that most of the uncomfortable topics are dealt with, let's get to the joyful part of 2020, namely the music. As is increasingly the case during the course of the 21st century, the year was filled to the brim with it. ...

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Article: Album Review

Gilfema: Three

Read "Three" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Few trios are as immediately recognizable as Gilfema. It's almost impossible to mistake the interplay between Ferenc Nemeth, Massimo Biolcati and Lionel Loueke. The three Berklee College of Music and Thelonious Monk institute graduates have been going at it together for more than 15 years now, their eponymous debut album having been released in 2005 for ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

International Flavors

Read "International Flavors" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's a tour through several spots around the globe with this batch--sometimes a leisurely tour, sometimes a whirlwind, but with each stop offering a wealth of lovely sounds and tones. Gilfema Three Sounderscore 2020 Lionel Loueke, Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth have an impressive number of musical endeavors and ...


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