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Article: Year in Review

Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Friedrich Kunzmann's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Coronavirus, lockdown, election recount, fake news, inspector Javert, Hans Gruber and Lord Voldemort. So, now that most of the uncomfortable topics are dealt with, let's get to the joyful part of 2020, namely the music. As is increasingly the case during the course of the 21st century, the year was filled to the brim with it. ...

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Article: Album Review

Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons

Read "Here Be Dragons" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


It's the sound of unresolved resolve. A broader scope of the human scale. That we all ask the same questions, walk down the same roads and it is that migration in, around and through our common, spacious moments and moral corners wherein we reach our conclusions, if not our destinations.That's just part of what ...

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Article: Album Review

Or Bareket: 33

Read "33" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Israel-native bassist and composer Or Bareket has made a name for himself in international jazz waters since his move to New York in 2010. By working with the likes of veteran musicians such as Chris Potter, Peter Bernstein and currently Ari Hoenig, as well as the younger generation represented by Camila Meza and Yotam Silberstein, Bareket ...

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Article: Album Review

Time Grove: More Than One Thing

Read "More Than One Thing" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


The titling of instrumental pieces might take any number of courses. Musicians can make them super deep, or use super obscure references. Dedications to a specific place or person are common, as is the use of instruments or genres. Many titles are just left open to the listener's interpretation. Tel Aviv band Time Grove ...

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More Than One Thing

Label: Wah Wah 45s
Released: 2018
Track listing: TG Theme; Second Attention; Jungle Bourjois; Indopia; Piano Bubbles; Sir Blunt; Talek; Nezach; A.L.P.; Roy The King; Latrun.

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2017

Read "Big Ears Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 23-26, 2017 Knoxville's Big Ears Festival expanded to a full four days this year, giving it more time to go its expected merry, eclectic way. In a break with usual practice, there was no official Composer in Residence. That distinction could have gone to Gavin Bryars ...

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Article: Album Review

Xavi Reija: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Spanish drummer Xavi Reija's previous trio was a fusion outfit with guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and bass guitarist Bernat Hernandez, as heard on Resolution (MoonJune Records, 2016) and Live at RZZ Barcelona (MoonJune Records, 2016). He turns to a traditional acoustic piano trio here, with pianist Nitai Hershkovits and bassist Pau Lligadas. There's a different kind of ...

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Article: Album Review

Xavi Reija: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline


Deviating from his reputation within the realm of boundary-pushing progressive rock/jazz fusion, Catalan drummer and composer Xavi Reija removed the presence of electrified instruments that dominated previous works for an acoustic album that explores the jazz piano trio format. Reflections, his eighth recording as a leader, synthesizes Reija's dynamic authority behind the kit with the lyrical ...

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Article: Live Review

Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli


Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina November 2-6, 2016 When your plane lands in Sarajevo, its wheels roll over the crumbling underground tunnel that was the only connection of the city to the outside world during the Serbian siege from April 5, 1992 to February 29, 1996. It ...


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