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Nguyen Le

Born in Paris from vietnamese parents, he began to play drums at the age of 15, then took up guitar & electric bass. After graduating in Visual Arts, he majored in Philosophy, writing a thesis on Exoticism. Then he devoted to music, creating "ULTRAMARINE" (1983), a multi-ethnic band whose CD " De " has been considered "1989' s best World Music album" Philippe Conrath, Liberation. Nguyen LE is a self-taught musician, with a wide scope of interests : Rock & Funk (Jim Cuomo, Madagascar tour 84), Jazz standards & contemporary Jazz (bass player with Marc Ducret, guitar player with Eric Barret), Improvised Music (Yves Robert), Singers (Ray Charles), Contemporary Music (Andre Almuro, Tona Scherchen, Marius Constant, Mauricio Kagel), Ethnic Music : African & Caribbean with ULTRAMARINE , Algerian with Safy Boutella & Cheb Mami, Indian with Kakoli, Turkish with Kudsi Erguner, Vietnamese with his "Dan Bau" (traditional one-stringed instrument) teacher Truong Tang. In sept

The Missing Song

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Billy; Gary; Dennis; Keith; Steve; Kirk; Peter; Terry; Vinnie.

Black String: Karma

Read "Karma" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Black String's karma must be good. The globally respected UK magazine Songlines awarded the South Korean quartet its Asia and South Pacific Award for Mask Dance (ACT Music, 2016), the band's potent debut. Critical acclaim for Black String's intoxicating blend of Korean traditional music and free improvisation, however, was universal, with invitations taking it all over ...

Overseas

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Noon Moon; People Of The Waterfalls; The Offering; Tribal Symmetry; Overseas Suite – Origin; Overseas Suite - The Quest; Overseas Suite - Square Earth; Overseas Suite - Âu Co, The Mountain Fairy; Overseas Suite - Beat Rice Box; Overseas Suite - In The Warm Rain; Overseas Suite - Year Of The Dog; Mother Goddess - Yellow Earth; Mother Goddess - Red Sky.

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Enrico Rava: Five Decades of Jazz - The Co-leader and Sideman Part 1

Read "Enrico Rava: Five Decades of Jazz - The Co-leader and Sideman Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

After focusing on Enrico Rava's discography as leader, this week we explore his more than five decades of work as co-leader and sideman. The statuture of an artist can be measured not only through the albums s/he has recorded but also by the caliber of the musicians he has played with. There are not ...

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Nguyen Le: Overseas

Read "Overseas" reviewed by Don Phipps

Robust and compelling, guitarist and composer Nguyen Le's Overseas continues his explorations of hybrid jazz—a jazz which combines traditional Vietnamese music with a personal style of jazzy soulful funk. Ancient instruments and urban rhythms collide, creating a kaleidoscopic musical mix that is at times hopping, like a busy Ho Chi Minh City avenue, and at times ...

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Tommaso Starace: Narrow Escape

Read "Narrow Escape" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Com'è noto Tommaso Starace opera prevalentemente nel Regno Unito, dove s'è trasferito a 19 anni diplomandosi al conservatorio di Birmingham e poi conseguendo il master alla Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Da allora è trascorso un ventennio e oggi il sassofonista è tra i migliori jazzmen d'oltremanica, con all'attivo alcuni dischi da leader e decine ...

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Jazz on the Moon

Read "Jazz on the Moon" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On 20 July 1969, while Herbie Mann was over the figurative moon, because his Memphis Underground was the best selling jazz album in the country, the man was landing on the actual moon (apologies for the gender insensitivity here but otherwise the pun won't work...). What a day! 50 years later we celebrate the ...

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Various Artists: La Casa Murada MoonJune Sessions, Volume 1

Read "La Casa Murada MoonJune Sessions, Volume 1" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Magic seems to happen routinely at Spain's La Casa Murada Residential Recording Studio, a converted 12th century farmhouse, at least during the MoonJune Records recording sessions. For listeners who have not been following the label's releases, this generous 80-minute sampler offers a delightful overview. For those who have, it includes one track released in advance of ...

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Dwiki Dharmawan: Rumah Batu

Read "Rumah Batu" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On his third album for Moonjune Records, Indonesian pianist Dwiki Dharmawan delivers a highly focused work and presents a wide array of styles, bound together by a core quintet and one common musical vision. While its predecessor Pasar Klewer found Dharmawan working with two alternating guitarists over a two-disc set of compositions, on Rumah ...


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