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Oded Tzur

Described by Downbeat Magazine as “A Volcano on the Ocean Floor“, Oded Tzur’s flair for mystery and narrative captivates audiences worldwide. Based in New York, the saxophonist’s work draws influence from the art of storytelling and explores relationships between ancient and modern musical traditions. His two albums on Enja Records (2015 & 2017) have earned his music the title: “A new type of Swing”, and won extraordinary critical acclaim in Europe, South Africa, Japan, South America, Russia and the US. Tzur’s unique language of improvisation takes the listener on a journey many describe as “musical storytelling”, and evokes deep contrasts between silent passages and dramatic crescendos. Coming from the Tel Aviv jazz scene of the 2000’s, Oded Tzur’s background consisted of rigorous training in a number of musical styles

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis: For Mahalia With Love (Expanded Edition)

Read "For Mahalia With Love (Expanded Edition)" reviewed by Chris May


Not since Oded Tzur's Isabela (ECM, 2022) has a comparably exalted tenor saxophone-led album come along, not until For Mahalia, With Love. Vaultingly great jazz and deep solace for the soul, For Mahalia, With Love was released in late 2023. An annual cycle for albums of this quality is actually a sufficiency, for there is enough ...

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Article: Album Review

Ingi Bjarni Skúlason: Farfuglar

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Appropriately enough for an album on NXN, a subsidiary of classical label Naxos, which only relatively recently diversified into jazz, the Icelandic pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason's Farfuglar spans both traditions. Is it classical? Is it jazz? Both? Neither? Check the YouTube below and decide for yourself. Whatever it may be, Skúlason's music is ...

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Article: Live Review

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley


Dom Omladine / MTS Dvorana Belgrade, SerbiaOctober 24-29, 2023 Following the financial turbulence of 2022's Belgrade Jazz Festival, this year's edition, the 39th, resounded with a sturdier sureness, getting back to a confident momentum. Its programme was as reliably impressive as ever, particularly in the quality of its international bookings. We ...

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Article: Live Review

Makaya McCraven At Barbican Centre

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Makaya McCraven with London Contemporary Orchestra Barbican Centre, Main Hall In These Times London November 11, 2023 Jazz, said Whitney Balliett in 1958, is the sound of surprise. The New Yorker critic, who passed in 2007 but remains one of jazz literature's most felicitous writers, was describing jazz ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Rhythms Meet Algorithms: Sparks Fly When Jazz Musician Oded Tzur Partners With Engineer Vansh Makh

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Jazz and mobile apps may not be typically mentioned in the same breath, but saxophonist Oded Tzur, celebrated by All About Jazz for a string of albums merging jazz with Indian classical music, is changing that perception. Vansh Makh, a Bay area-based engineer, joined forces with Tzur to create Timeseer, described as “the first and only ...

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Article: Album Review

Anders Lønne Grønseth & Multiverse: Inner View

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Since George Russell published his influential Lydian Chromatic Concept Of Tonal Organization in 1953, other jazz musicians have attempted to reforge the theoretical construct of their music--with varying degrees of success and including some egregiously posturing examples of b.s. which bring to mind Hans Christian Andersen's salutary story The Emperor's New Clothes. One ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few More of My Favorite 2022 Jazz Things, Part 1

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Twelve months have gone by so fast, and so much has happened... At the beginning of the year we were still under various degrees of lockdown or social distancing, now we have a war, weather patterns and a financial situation that are crazier than ever. One positive thread through these months, however, has been the relentless ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rebecca Nash, Oded Tzur, Elvin Jones, Designers and Other New Releases

Read "Rebecca Nash, Oded Tzur, Elvin Jones, Designers and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Tributes to Leonard Cohen and Martin Denny, young saxophonone mavericks, unerthed gems and elegant arrangements in this week's edition of Mondo Jazz. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Leonhart Brass Band “Snake Oil" Snake Oil—Single (Mighty Eye) 0:16 Host talks 2:47 Marco Cappelli's ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Criss Cross Records: The Healing Power Of Authenticity

Read "Criss Cross Records: The Healing Power Of Authenticity" reviewed by Chris May


When the founder of the Netherlands-based Criss Cross Jazz label, Gerry Teekens, passed away in 2019, there was an odds-on chance that Criss Cross would leave town with him. That is often the fate, in such circumstances, of organisations led by a singular visionary and defined by their personal aesthetic. The loss of the label would ...


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