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Misha Mengelberg

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Misha Mengelberg was born in Kiev in 1935 - the son of a Dutch composer/conductor/pianist and a German harpist - but is a lifelong resident of Amsterdam, where he teaches counterpoint at the Sweelinck Conservatory. He wrote his first piece for piano at age four and has been composing pretty much ever since, in the jazz and classical fields. Crucial early influences include jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols, the composer John Cage, whom he heard lecture at Darmstadt in 1958, and the absurd-art movement Fluxus, with which he was involved in the 1960s. Mengelberg graduated from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague in 1964

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: The Emerald Duets

Read "The Emerald Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The pioneering British photographer/author Val Wilmer said of Wadada Leo Smith, “he no longer relates to the restrictions of scales and chords. To him, music is about two things only: sound and rhythm." Her assessment, from the essential book As Serious As Your Life (Allison & Busby Ltd, 1977), was published in 1977. But in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Disasters Vol. 1

Read "Disasters Vol. 1" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Moppa Elliott's gonzo-surrealist jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, returns for a second album in its piano trio format with Elliott on bass, Ron Stabinsky on piano and Kevin Shea on drums. They are up to their usual tricks here, playing slapstick jazz which flits deliriously through all types of styles and sub-genres like ...

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Article: Album Review

Bo Van de Graaf: Off the Record: Eccentric Music for Audio Hunters

Read "Off the Record: Eccentric Music for Audio Hunters" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ToonDist is a Netherlands-based consortium of small independent labels distributing the creative and improvised music of their country. Founded in 2002, ToonDist is often the point of departure for unknown labels such as No Can Do Music and Pingo, and emerging ones like TryTone and Evil Rabbit. The closest ToonDist comes to “convention" may be the ...

Article: Live Review

Bergamo Jazz 2021

Read "Bergamo Jazz 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Bergamo Varie sedi 16—19.9.2021 Nel febbraio 2020 su questo sito apparve una bella ed esaustiva intervista a Maria Pia De Vito, in qualità di neo nominata alla direzione artistica di Bergamo Jazz, prima donna dopo oltre quaranta edizioni del festival. Fra l'altro, in quella circostanza si colse opportunamente l'occasione per disquisire sul ...

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Article: Album Review

Marta Warelis / Frank Rosaly / Aaron Lumley / John Dikeman: Sunday At De Ruimte

Read "Sunday At De Ruimte" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Is it a pilgrimage or just magnetism that draws improvising artists to Amsterdam? If you've read Kevin Whitehead's book New Dutch Swing (Billboard Books, 1998), you'll understand the open atmosphere and creative jazz scene which began there in the 1960s. It was a scene sown by America's New Thing in free jazz, but also one that ...

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Article: Live Review

NovaraJazz 2021

Read "NovaraJazz 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Novara Varie sedi 3-13.6.21 Su due binari paralleli ha proceduto il tragitto progettuale di NovaraJazz, giunto alla diciottesima edizione. Il primo obiettivo, come negli anni passati, è stato quello di andare alla ricerca di spazi suggestivi, per lo più storici e centrali, ma non abitualmente destinati alla musica. Questo non tanto ...

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Article: Album Review

Duo Libertaire: Hint Of Monk

Read "Hint Of Monk" reviewed by Mark Corroto


At the dawn of the second century of Thelonious Monk's (1917-1982) music, one must wonder just what the great man would think of Duo Libertaire's homage recording Hint Of Monk. During his lifetime, actually before his music was included in the jazz canon, the only tributes available were Steve Lacy's solo soprano saxophone recordings and School ...

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Rituals Of Transition

Label: I Dischi Di Angelica
Released: 2020
Track listing: Amsterdam; Kiev I; Kiev II; Kiev III; Pantin; Bologna.

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Article: Interview

Burton Greene: From Bomb To Balm

Read "Burton Greene: From Bomb To Balm" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


Chicago-born pianist Narada Burton Greene (b.1937) can be called a veteran of the 1960s jazz avant-garde—the starting point of his universal musical life. In 1962, he moved to New York and founded, together with bassist Alan Silva, the Free Form Improvisational Ensemble, which played improvised music without preconceived compositional elements. In 1965, he became a member ...


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