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Nicolas Masson

In 1992, Nicolas Masson meets Cecil Taylor in New York and takes lessons from Frank Lowe and Makanda Ken McIntyre. Back home in Geneva, he enrolls in the Jazz program at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique de Genève with Maurice Magnoni as a saxophone teacher. In 2000, he graduates from the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique de Genève with a Jazz performance and teaching degree. As a student at the Conservatoire, he’s attending master classes from renowned musicians such as Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas and Misha Mengelberg. In 1999, Nicolas Masson spends the summer in New York and studies with Chris Potter 1999. In 2000, Nicolas Masson moves to New York for one year

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nicolas Masson: Travelers

Read "Travelers" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il sassofonista e clarinettista svizzero Nicolas Masson è qui alla testa di una formazione di connazionali che include il ben noto trio del pianista Colin Vallon, autore di diversi dischi per ECM e di supporto anche alla cantante di origini albanesi Elina Duni. Di fatto questo quartetto, noto proprio con il nome che intitola questo album, ...

Travelers

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Gagarine; Fuchsia; Almost Forty; The Deep; Travelers; Philadelphia; Wood; Blurred; Jura.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

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Tom Barford, Hugh Masakela and Count Basie

Read "Tom Barford, Hugh Masakela and Count Basie" reviewed by Bob Osborne

The debut album from British saxophonist, composer and 2017 winner of the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Tom Barford, is the featured release on this show. Also featured is a great collection of early Hugh Masakela recordings, and some classic Count Basie cuts. In between jazz rock from Gong and a selection of brand new releases.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nicolas Masson: Travelers

Read "Travelers" reviewed by John Kelman

Following two recordings for ECM Records as a member of the cooperative Third Reel (including the trio's self-titled 2013 debut), reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson strikes out on his own with Travelers, his first album as a leader for the label. Third Reel's Swiss/Italian lineup of reeds, guitar (Roberto Pianca) and drums (Emanuele Maniscalco), along ...

Third Reel

A collaborative group brimming with creative potential, Third Reel consists of reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson, guitarist Roberto Pianca and drummer Emanuele Maniscalco, three committed improvisers and gifted writers, each with a distinct compositional signature. The contrasts, and a shared sensitivity for space, shape the group’s sonic identity. Each member of this Swiss-Italian trio is a bandleader is his own right but the cooperative Third Reel is a priority for all of them. Conceived as a trio without bass from the outset – “it means more responsibility for each player, as well as more risk-taking” – Third Reel went through various drummers until Pianca brought along Emanuele Maniscalco in 2010 (drummer and guitarist had previously collaborated in the band Food Chain).

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The Coltrane family, Jazz and funerals, and more new releases

Read "The Coltrane family, Jazz and funerals, and more new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This episode focused on the Coltrane: John, Alice and Ravi, and by those inspired by their music. Also, funeral marching bands from Southern Italy, and other jazz experiments with funeral music, which are much more fun than you'd expect! And of course more new releases! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz ...

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Emanuele Maniscalco Meets Sandro Gibellini: E/S

Read "E/S" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Incontro apparentemente classico tra chitarra e pianoforte, questo lavoro ha in realtà più di un motivo di interesse. Il primo è la documentazione di una collaborazione che dura da circa quindici anni ma che non era mai stata registrata prima, quella tra la chitarra di Sandro Gibellini e il pianoforte di Emanuele Maniscalco, cioè uno storico ...

Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Sincerely Yours

Read "Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Sincerely Yours" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The world-class Swiss Jazz Orchestra produced the 2-CD set Sincerely Yours to mark its tenth anniversary in 2013. As is the SJO's custom, the nineteen tracks were taped during a series of stellar concert performances spanning those years, showcasing the orchestra's excellence as a unit and its roster of impressive soloists performing compositions and arrangements by ...


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