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Paolo Conte

Paolo Conte was born in Asti in 1937. When he was only a young boy, he began to cultivate what today remain his great passions: American jazz and the figurative arts.He started writing songs at an early age, at first with his brother, Giorgio, and later on his own. He was inspired not only by everyday life, but also by cinema and literature. In the mid sixties, his highly original style became popular through the voices of the most famous performers of the day: "La coppia più bella del mondo" and "Azzurro" were sung by Celentano, "Insieme a te non ci sto più" by Caterina Caselli, "Tripoli 69" by Patty Pravo, "Messico e nuvole" by Enzo Jannacci, "Genova per noi" and "Onda su onda" by Bruno Lauzi, to name but a few


A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music

Read "A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we explore the cross pollination between jazz and popular music genres, like pop, rock, soul, funk and ska. Archie Shepp playing with Whitney Houston? The jazz beginnings of Björk, Serge Gainsbourg, Sacha Distel? Ornette Coleman's and Sonny Rollins' adventures in rock-land? Lester Bowie playing ska? How Miles Davis' “So What" inspired Pee ...


Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave

Read "Zach Brock: Jazz Violin's New Wave" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Best known for his work with Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock is among the most creative violinists of his generation. Zach Brock is bringing the violin back to center stage. Influenced by European masters of the seventies like Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, Didier Lockwood, Brock has widened his perspective from modern jazz to rock, finding a synthesis ...


Il meglio del 2016 secondo Alberto Bazzurro

Read "Il meglio del 2016 secondo Alberto Bazzurro" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Dischi, e soprattutto concerti, sono elementi variabili, inevitabilmente legati al singolo: ascoltati da alcuni, scappati via ad altri. Come e più di tutte le liste di questo tipo, eccone dunque qui di seguito una delle tante possibili. Al di là di ciò, il 2016 è stato un anno veramente impietoso nei confronti di chi fa musica, ...

Enten Eller: trentennale con disco (doppio?)

Read "Enten Eller: trentennale con disco (doppio?)" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

C'è una storia che comincia nel 1986 e prende il nome dai sacri testi kierkegaardiani: trattasi di Enten Eller, oggi (e ormai da vent'anni) un quartetto ben definito, con Alberto Mandarini alla tromba, Maurizio Brunod alla chitarra, Giovanni Maier al contrabbasso e Massimo Barbiero alla batteria, ma dopo aggiustamenti che di fatto hanno occupato il primo ...


Joyce Elaine Yuille: Welcome to My World

Read "Welcome to My World" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Chi ama quell'universo musicale in cui s'incontrano soul e pop music, jazz d'annata, funk, musiche latine e quant'altro (il termine nu jazz può aiutare anche se fuorviante), conosce bene la Schema Records, l'etichetta di Luciano Cantone che ha prodotto tra gli altri Mario Biondi, Nicola Conte, Rosario Giuliani e s'appresta a ripubblicare alcuni classici del Perigeo. ...


Mauro Ottolini: Sousaphonix and Beyond

Read "Mauro Ottolini: Sousaphonix and Beyond" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il Sousaphonix di Mauro Ottolini non ha bisogno di presentazioni. È una delle formazioni italiane più appassionanti e creative dell'ultimo decennio, dalla musica saldamente ancorata alla tradizione del jazz (fino a comprendere gli albori) e aperta a mille stimoli, dal rock all'avanguardia. In questi giorni è stato pubblicato il loro terzo album, Musica per ...


Jazz Liège Festival 2014

Read "Jazz Liège Festival 2014" reviewed by Jean-Pierre Goffin

Jazz Liège Festival Brussels, Belgium May 8-10, 2014 The International Jazz Festival in Liège was created twenty-four years ago. The city was known for decades as the Belgian capital of jazz, with musicians such as Bobby Jaspar ( who played with Miles Davis,J.J. Johnson, Donald Byrd and many others), René ...


Jazz Middelheim: Antwerp, Belgium, August 16-19, 2012

Read "Jazz Middelheim: Antwerp, Belgium, August 16-19, 2012" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazz Middelheim 2012 Park Den Brandt Antwerp Belgium August 16-19, 2012 The Jazz Middelheim festival is a weekender that hasn't relinquished its fondness for adventure over the last four decades. Nuzzling up against stellar bookings are acts, Belgian and otherwise, who seek to jolt the expectations ...


Umbria Jazz Winter #19, Days 1-2: December 28-29, 2011

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter #19, Days 1-2: December 28-29, 2011" reviewed by Sara Villa

Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 Umbria Jazz Winter #19 Perugia, Italy December 28, 2011-January 1, 2012 In an Italy where the cuts inflicted to the cultural sector by the last Berlusconi government led a figure like Riccardo Muti to publically express his indignation, Umbria Jazz Winter # 19 was a confirmation ...


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