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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

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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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Vintage Dolphy

Read "Vintage Dolphy" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Vintage Dolphy appeared originally in 1986/7 on both vinyl and CD. Featuring recordings from three separate live performances from Eric Dolphy, two at Carnegie Hall, both with his own quartet and in two 'third stream' settings devised by Gunther Schuller, the album provided intriguing insights into Dolphy's improvisational skills and approach. Were this not enough, the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part II

Read "A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The second part of this week's tribute to Herbie Nichols focuses on the work of champions of his music like Roswell Rudd, Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy and, again, the Herbie Nichols Project with some never-heard-before live recordings from the vaults of the Jazz Composers Collective. For the first part of this Herbie Nichols special ...

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...


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