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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Size Matters: (Mostly New) Jazz for Big Bands and Orchestras, Part 2

Read "Size Matters: (Mostly New) Jazz for Big Bands and Orchestras, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As we continue our journey in the recent work of some of the most compelling jazz orchestras and big bands of today, and a few from the past that were so ahead of their time that their music still sounds fresh. [Click here to listen to the part 1]. Happy listening! PlaylistBen ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The French Scene: Part 5

Read "The French Scene: Part 5" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Our stash of exciting recent and upcoming releases was replete with great new music from France so we had to devote to it a whole section of this week's show. Dive into large and small ensemble music of unbounded creativity and multiple influences. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Vijay Anderson, Francois Houle & Susan Alcorn

Read "Vijay Anderson, Francois Houle & Susan Alcorn" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


One could almost make the case that this episode is a reverse sandwich, with the filling on the outside, considering the first tracks from a sizzling hot Vijay Anderson Trio and the windup tune from pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn and her fine band of Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Mark Feldman and Ryan Sawyer. You could ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Diskonife, Bruno Räberg, Orientation of We & European Releases

Read "Diskonife, Bruno Räberg,  Orientation of We & European Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Bassist Bruno Räberg's reputation as a very creative cat is reinforced by his new release, The Prospector, an excellent album with saxophonist Allan Chase and drummer Austin McMahon. Find it on Orbis, Bruno's own label. Speaking of labels, vibraphonist Matt Moran started Diskonife as a new creative outlet for independent releases, which has launched with releases ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Goldberg, Jason Robinson, Orchestre National De Jazz and More

Read "Ben Goldberg, Jason Robinson, Orchestre National De Jazz and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode is a little “reed" heavy with debuts of new recordings by Jason Robinson and his quartet, Ben Goldberg and Kenny Wollesen's Music for an Avant-Garde Massage Parlor, Portugal's José Lencastre, Rachel Musson from England, and I.P.A. from Scandinavia, plus several other saxophonically inclined folks. The Orchestre National De Jazz from France tackles the music ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazzdor Strasbourg 2019

Read "Jazzdor Strasbourg 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Jazzdor Strasbourg 2019 Fosse des Treize and other venues November 10-13, 2019 Jazzdor is a unique double-sided European jazz festival offering a 15-day November edition in Strasbourg and environs including German town Offenburg on the opposite side of the Rhine river, and it also presents a June edition in Berlin. ...

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Europa Berlin

Label: Onjazz Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: L'effacement des traces (Intro); L'effacement des traces; Métonymie (Intro); Métonymie; Révolution (Intro, Pt. 1); Révolution (Intro, Pt. 2); Révolution; Réécriture; Oblitération; 22m 5st; Persistance de l'oubli (Intro); Persistance de l'oubli, Pt. 1; Persistance de l'oubli, Pt. 2; Détournement.

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Article: Album Review

Orchestre National de Jazz: Europa Berlin

Read "Europa Berlin" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


When guitarist-composer Olivier Benoit was appointed in 2014 as the new artistic director of the prestigious French Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ) some local neo-cons expressed their worries that this orchestra may lose its jazzy touch. Benoit composed before music for orchestras like the Lille-based Circum Grand Orchestra and the La Pieuvre ensemble, but is known ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Now's the time III: The best in contemporary jazz from France and [tax haven] Luxembourg

Read "Now's the time III: The best in contemporary jazz from France and [tax haven] Luxembourg" reviewed by John Ephland


Every. One. Of. These. Tracks. Is. A. Keeper. To be swept up in a fervor when listening to music (always an unexpected pleasure) and finding it next to impossible not to write about the experience--during as well as after--is the dream all music journalists crave and celebrate every time they find themselves returning to that zone. ...


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