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Window Steps is both the title of Pierre Favre's new recording and the name of this "band of band-leaders" bought together by the Swiss drummer. Though between them they have covered most of the options in contemporary improvisation, these players have in common an advanced melodic understanding. They are, above all, lyrical improvisers. The same may be claimed for the drummer himself who, even in the turbulent era of European free jazz'z "emancipation" stood apart from his contemporaries in his sensitivity to the tone of his instrument. Pursuing his investigations of the melodic potential of the drum set into the early 70s, Favre, originally a self-taught player, felt he was approaching the demarcation line that separated "drummer" from "composer". To learn more about the subject, he studied classical composition and immersed himself in the diverse percussion musics of the wider world, particularly those of India, Africa and Brazil, gradually consolidating all of this new information in the "sound-color poems" he was writing for his Singing Drums group

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Juanma Trujillo, Ziv Taubenfeld’s Full Sun & Caleb Wheeler Curtis

Read "Juanma Trujillo, Ziv Taubenfeld’s Full Sun & Caleb Wheeler Curtis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This edition features music from new releases by guitarist Juanma Trujillo, bass clarinetist Ziv Taubenfeld & Full Sun, Memplex from Austria, France's Hubert Dupont & Sirocco, saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis and four of Finland's finest, bassist Ville Rauhala, trumpeter Antero Priha, guitarist Julius Heikkila & drummer Alf Forsman, plus a preview of a release to-come from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gunter Baby Sommer, Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe & Linda Sikhakhane

Read "Gunter Baby Sommer, Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe & Linda Sikhakhane" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This edition of OMJ is all over the place when it comes to new recordings—drummers Gunter Baby Sommer (with Lucaciu 3), Pierre Favre (with Samuel Blaser) and Tyshawn Sorey; saxophonists Linda Sikhakhane from South Africa and Germany's Charlotte Greve (with the Lisbeth Quartet), pianist Russ Lossing, Austria's AHL-6, and Belgian guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe and his ...

Article: Live Review

Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2022

Read "Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2022" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Bolzano e provincia Varie sedi 24.6--3.7.2022 Quarant'anni di vita non sono pochi per un festival. Questo è il traguardo raggiunto dal Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige, che vede anche concludersi la solerte direzione artistica di Klaus Widmann, iniziata diciotto anni fa affiancando, poi subentrando a Nicola Ciardi, il fondatore della manifestazione ...

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Article: Album Review

Irene Schweizer / Hamid Drake: Celebration

Read "Celebration" reviewed by Troy Dostert


If John Coltrane was the dominant figure behind the rise of Impulse Records in the 1960s, and Wayne Shorter played a similar role for Blue Note in the same decade, one could argue that pianist Irène Schweizer has placed her stamp upon Intakt Records. Certainly the Swiss avant-garde label has embraced that relationship, as aside from ...

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Article: Album Review

Irene Schweizer / Hamid Drake: Celebration

Read "Celebration" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Celebration is a walloping storm of free jazz, rolling in on a hard-hitting percussion mode. Pianist Irene Schweizer holds down the piano chair, Hamid Drake is behind the drum kit. The pair has played and recorded together often. The opener, “A Former Dialogue," introduces us to a drum thunder and a splattering of fat piano-crafted raindrops. ...

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Article: Album Review

Joost Lijbaart: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by Ian Patterson


As a student in the 1980s, Dutch drummer-percussionist Joost Lijbaart first dreamt of making a solo album, inspired by the examples of Tony Oxley, Pierre Favre, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Jack DeJohnette. A successful recording and touring career with Yuri Honing—and with his own groups—left little time for such a focused project. In 2014, Lijbaart ...

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Article: Live Review

French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience

Read "French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy. The Strasbourg festival is ...

Article: Album Review

West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio: L.A. Strictly Confidential

Read "L.A. Strictly Confidential" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Quarant'anni di Ictus, ventiquattro di States, diciassette come cittadino americano: con alle spalle questi numeri, se vogliamo persino pedissequi (ma significativi), Andrea Centazzo approda a un nuovo album, di rimpatriata jazzistica. Lo certifica lui stesso, affermando: “Il West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio riprende stilemi di quel genere, trasformando composizioni del mio repertorio (dall'opera lirica all'orchestra e ...

Article: Lyrics

Things We Like: Ottobre 2016

Read "Things We Like: Ottobre 2016" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Finito il mese di ottobre, riprendiamo la vecchia rubrica “Things We Like," dove, un po' per passione e un po' per gioco, descriviamo le cose (musicali e non) che ci rimarranno impresse del mese appena trascorso. Alberto Bazzurro Ottobre, mese pre-referendario per eccellenza (non quel referendum...), si porta generalmente appresso una caterva ...


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