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Misha Mengelberg

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

Rituals Of Transition

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

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Misha Mengelberg: Rituals Of Transition

Read "Rituals Of Transition" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It takes a master to speak like a child. Pianist Misha Mengelberg (1935-2017) was such a giant at the keyboard that he could shed all pretension and improvise with a simple innocence. Call it Zen enlightenment or just a blunt brilliance. His music is often absurd and paradoxical, like an inside joke, except he graciously lets ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lucas Gillan's Many Blessings: Chit-Chatting with Herbie

Read "Chit-Chatting with Herbie" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo nuovo omaggio a Herbie Nichols è stato pubblicato nel 2019, nel centenario della nascita del grande pianista. Protagonista è il batterista di Chicago Lucas Gillan, al suo secondo album col gruppo Many Blessings. Originario dell'Arizona, Gillan opera da alcuni anni nella Windy City e il suo pianoless quartet coniuga un'ampia serie di ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Brötzmann / Paul G. Smyth: Tongue In A Bell

Read "Tongue In A Bell" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are only a handful of pianists the great reedist Peter Brötzmann has worked with. Back in the Machine Gun (FMP, 1968) days it was Fred Van Hove at the keyboards. Then there was Misha Mengelberg and Alexander von Schlippenbach, plus those Berlin sessions with Cecil Taylor, and the new millennium recordings with Japanese pianist Masahiko ...

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A Shelly Manne Centennial and More June Birthdays

Read "A Shelly Manne Centennial and More June Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn

June birthdays on Gifts and Messages. The 'big' ones: singer Dakota Staton @ 90 and drummer Shelly Manne @ 100. It's also Anthony Braxton's 75th birthday with tunes from his Charlie Parker Project. On our broadcast day in Baton Rouge, Eric Dolphy's 92nd. More of course, mostly pianists: Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Geri Allen, Misha Mengelberg ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Yuri Honing: Sounds And Vision

Read "Yuri Honing: Sounds And Vision" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Strange that such a gruesome tale, drowning in blood, could have inspired so much great art. So it goes with Bluebeard, the seventeenth century French folktale, which continues to inspire artists to this day. Dutch saxophonist/composer Yuri Honing's Bluebeard (2020)-- his fourth album on Challenge Records with his acoustic quartet--is not just a highly personal take ...

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Songlines Recordings’ Audiophile Releases On Sale At ProStudioMasters Through May 26

Songlines Recordings’ Audiophile Releases On Sale At ProStudioMasters Through May 26

ProStudioMasters is having a 40% off sale on the entire Songlines Recordings high-res catalogue through May 26. This flash sale is the first time the whole stereo catalogue (including DSD where available) has been offered at such a substantial discount. Songlines began recording in high-res in 1999 with Junk Genius’s avant folk/jazz album Ghost of Electricity, ...

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Alexander Hawkins e Marco Colonna Duo al Pinocchio di Firenze

Read "Alexander Hawkins e Marco Colonna Duo al Pinocchio di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Alexander Hawkins & Marco Colonna Pinocchio Live Jazz 15.2.2020 Una delle ultime date della stagione del Pinocchio Jazz di Firenze prevedeva la prima assoluta del duo del pianista inglese Alexander Hawkins--passato qualche giorno prima in piano solo a pochi chilometri di distanza, a Prato per Metastasio Jazz--e del polistrumentista romano Marco Colonna. ...


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