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Stellari String Quartet: Vulcan

Read "Vulcan" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

A dieci anni esatti dal precedente (e fin qui unico) album Gocce stellari, uscito sempre su Emanem, il quartetto d'archi capitanato da Philipp Wachsmann, settantacinquenne violinista ugandese di nascita e inglese d'adozione, torna alla carica con questo nuovo capitolo (incisioni, peraltro, del 2016), fondato come il precedente su un'improvvisazione di gruppo a cavallo fra avanguardia jazzistica ...

Article: Live Review

Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2019

Read "Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Brda Contemporary Music Festival Šmartno (Slovenia) Casa della Cultura, Chiesa di San Martino 12-14.09.2019 Il minuscolo villaggio di Šmartno (San Martino) sorge sulla sommità di un'altura del Brda sloveno, terra ricca di ottimi vini, gemella del vicinissimo Collio friulano. Qui si svolge da nove anni il Brda Contemporary Music Festival, ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Evan Parker

Read "Evan Parker" reviewed by John Eyles

In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...


Article: Album Review

Iskra 1903: South on the Northern

Read "South on the Northern" reviewed by John Eyles

Paul Rutherford's trio Iskra 1903 existed in two different editions, both including Rutherford on trombone and Barry Guy on bass. The first (in existence from 1970 to 1974) added Derek Bailey on guitar, the second (from 1977 to 1995) Philipp Wachsmann on violin. Thanks largely to the efforts of Emanem (with a contribution from Guy's own ...


Article: Album Review

Stevens / Rutherford / Parker / Guy: One Four and Two Twos

Read "One Four and Two Twos" reviewed by John Eyles

This release brings the very welcome return of an August 1978 studio session involving four legends of British improv: drummer John Stevens, trombonist Paul Rutherford, saxophonist Evan Parker and bassist Barry Guy. The first four of its five quartet tracks were originally released on LP in 1980 by View; all five were rereleased on CD in ...


Article: Book Review

Is Jazz Dead? Or Is It Just Pining for the Fjords?

Read "Is Jazz Dead?  Or Is It Just Pining for the Fjords?" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Is Jazz Dead? (Or Has It Moved to a New Address?)Stuart Nicholson288 pages, softcoverISBN: 978-0415975834Routledge2005Stuart Nicholson's Is Jazz Dead? (Or Has It Moved To A New Address?) came out in 2005 and has proved a remarkably successful book for both author and his publisher. ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Evan Parker Electroacoustic Ensemble: Hasselt

Read "Evan Parker Electroacoustic Ensemble: Hasselt" reviewed by John Eyles

Evan Parker Electroacoustic EnsembleHasseltPsi2012Although Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble had recorded five albums for ECM since 1997, in 2009 saxophonist Parker's Psi label released SET under his own name; the album was effectively by the Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, sharing its personnel, instrumentation and working methods. At the time, it seemed ...


Article: What is Jazz?

Freeform in the U.K.

Read "Freeform in the U.K." reviewed by Sammy Stein

Freeform and improvised jazz is having a hard time at the moment. Venues have to make tough choices between pleasing what is a smaller cohort of customers and bringing new, maybe transient, but paying clients who are attracted by big names, standards and music they know. Customers have less cash in these difficult economic times, so ...


Gocce stellari

Label: Emanem
Released: 2010
Track listing: 1. Pleione - 17:45; 2. Merope - 12:53; 3. Alcyone - 10:18; 4. Sterope - 03:06; 5. Mintaka - 08:44; 6. Alnitak - 10:40; 7. Alnilam - 05:26.


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