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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 1: Mark Lomax II and Mauricio Takara

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 1: Mark Lomax II and Mauricio Takara" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The drum is an instrument of power and presence. It is the heartbeat of music but with uncertain origins. In Africa, China, and Turkey, archeologists have found evidence to suggest that any of those regions may have been the forebearers of the beat, of the definitive expression of freedom. Data concludes that instrumental music is at ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Pharoah Sanders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Feed Your Head

Read "Pharoah Sanders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Feed Your Head" reviewed by Chris May


Fellow tenor-wielding sonic adventurer Albert Ayler famously described his own and Pharoah Sanders' relationships with their mentor John Coltrane thus: “Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost." The epigram goes some way to capturing the scorched-earth ferocity of much, though not all, of Sanders' music in the 1960s. But Ayler ...

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Article: Jazzin' Around Europe

The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience

Read "The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Saalfelden? For those who don't already know, it is a small Austrian town in a magnificent alpine landscape in the Pinzgau, 70 km west of Salzburg, famous for its jazz festival in August and January and popular as a vacation and sport area. Character The festival has a great 40-years history having built a ...

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Article: Album Review

São Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In the spring of 2015 Rob Mazurek's São Paulo Underground expanded their touring formation and added “Black Cube SP" to their name for a tour that briefly made stops in the U.S. The enlarged group featured the addition of Thomas Rohrer on rabeca, a Brazilian viola. Rohrer, a Swiss native transplanted in Brazil was part of ...

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Article: Album Review

Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Troy Collins


Democratically led by Chicago-based sound explorer Rob Mazurek, São Paulo Underground has been defying genre conventions and musical boundaries for almost a decade. Originally formed with percussionist Mauricio Takara and keyboardist Guilherme Granado during Mazurek's sojourn in Brazil (2000-2005), the ensemble's membership has undergone a subtle change on its fifth album with the addition of Swiss-born ...

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Article: Album Review

Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Cantos Invisíveis translates from Portuguese as “invisible corners/songs" or “disappearing corners/songs:" a fitting title for trans-national music that often seems to come from everywhere at once. The international trio's electro-acoustic sound blends music from North and South America, Africa and Asia, including stylistic references from traditional folk, modern jazz, rock and electronica. It's a dense, communal ...

Article: Album Review

Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisiveis

Read "Cantos Invisiveis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Suoni da galassie lontane, scie cosmiche che trasportano in altri mondi, sfrigolii di elettroni che invadono lo spazio fisico, riti sciamanici e nenie incantatorie, suggestioni tribali e distorsioni industriali. Una giungla intricata di sonorità acustiche ed elettroniche nella quale scrittura e improvvisazione sfumano i contorni per trasformarsi in visione. È il nuovo mondo creato da Rob ...

Article: General Articles

Rob Mazurek and Black Cube Sp al Torrione di Ferrara

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Bologna Jazz Festival Torrione Jazz Club Ferrara 20.11.2015 Fissiamo una data: gennaio 2007. Non che Rob Mazurek fino ad allora si fosse risparmiato in quanto a dischi e collaborazioni (soprattutto sul fronte Chicago Underground), ma è innegabile che il debutto su Thrill Jockey dell'Exploding Star Orchestra, We Are ...

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Article: Live Review

Saalfelden 2015

Read "Saalfelden 2015" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Memorabile edizione la trentaseiesima del Saalfelden Jazz Festival. Forse il caldo più consono ai mari del sud che ad una località alpina ha sciolto anche gli animi più rigidi, ha favorito la libera circolazione delle idee, ha creato un clima di condivisione e stimolo artistico. Forse gli dei della musica hanno soffiato un vento benevolo sulle ...


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