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Michael Mondesir

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Article: Album Review

Alex Clarke Quartet: Mirage

Read "Mirage" reviewed by Chris May


The bi-annual Young Jazz Musician competition was launched by Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC, in 2014. As with all arts awards, the final selection tends to be a lottery, with the judges tasked with picking a winner from among five close-matched contestants. 2020 was no exception. The final was televised on November 22 and the ...

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Article: Lyrics

Django Bates: 60+40—Charlie Parker: 100

Read "Django Bates: 60+40—Charlie Parker: 100" reviewed by Vic Albani


Nel nefasto 2020 molte celebrazioni, anniversari e festival a tema hanno dovuto arrendersi all'emergenza Covid-19 anche se, in calendario, ne sono rimasti alcuni davvero irrinunciabili. Uno di questi è il centenario della nascita del signor Charlie Parker, nato a Kansas City il 29 agosto 1920 e scomparso poi a New York nella primavera del 1955. Ad ...

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Article: Profile

Django Bates: From Zero to Sixty in Five Days

Read "Django Bates: From Zero to Sixty in Five Days" reviewed by John Kelman


It's rare enough to get to catch the premiere of a brand new work in a location as removed as Luleå, Sweden—just 100 kilometers south of the Arctic circle and in late May already experiencing 22-hour days and temperatures between 20 and 25 Celsius. But to get to experience the birth of a commission and to ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Django Bates: Like Life

Read "Django Bates: Like Life" reviewed by Chris May


Django BatesLike LifeStoryville2011 (1998) If you had to choose one artifact which is emblematic of the work of the British composer, bandleader and keyboards and e-flat horn player Django Bates, then his notorious “derangement" of John Kander and Fred Ebb's “New York, New York" would be a ...


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