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Musical innovation is no easy feat. It not only requires an innate talent, but also a devotion to the art that is not blinded by the commercial glare of the popular culture. Ralph Towner is such an innovator on the modern musical landscape, his ideas ever fresh, though they span a career of more than forty years. Best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the acoustic jazz ensemble "Oregon", Towner has also had a rich and varied solo career that has seen fruitful and memorable musical collaboration with such great modern musicians as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Egberto Gismonti, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, and Gary Peacock. Towner was born in Chehalis, Washington on March 1st, 1940 into a musical family, his mother a piano teacher and his father a trumpet player

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Norma Winstone & John Taylor: In Concert

Read "In Concert" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Una ristampa da non perdere. Questo concerto in duo di Norma Winstone e John Taylor dell'agosto 1988 esisteva in una rara edizione su cassetta del 1999 della Enodoc Records e documentava una performance estemporanea data alla Guildhall Music School di Londra. La Winstone e il suo marito d'allora (nonché partner negli Azimuth e in altri organici) ...

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Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

Read "Alternative Guitar Summit 2021" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Alternative Guitar Summit New York, NY March 20-21, 2021 The Alternative Guitar Summit was founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison. Every year it has included a Music Camp with Master Classes by notable guitarists, and a Music Festival featuring a wide array of guitar styles. In this pandemic year the decision ...

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Article: Album Review

Believers: Believers

Read "Believers" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


The three individuals making up Believers are each highly respected musical voices in their own right. Percussionist John Hadfield has performed and recorded with the likes of Nguyen Le and released an inspired duo EP with woodwind autodidact Lenny Pickett, called Heard by Others (Orenda Records, 2020). Sam Minaie, on the other hand, has played bass ...

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Article: Album Review

Marc Copland: John

Read "John" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Pianist Marc Copland met guitarist John Abercrombie when he first went to New York as an alto saxophonist, playing with him in Chico Hamilton's quartet in 1971. Copland returned to New York as a pianist in the early 1980s, and first recorded with Abercrombie on the album That's For Sure (Challenge, 2001), followed by several others. ...

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Luciano Linzi: ripartire dal Festival "CdJ Reloaded"

Read "Luciano Linzi: ripartire dal Festival "CdJ Reloaded"" reviewed by Paolo Marra


A marzo, durante i momenti peggiori della pandemia, nessun avrebbe scommesso sulla ripresa nel breve termine della programmazione dei festival jazz. Un percorso arduo e non privo di incognite affrontato—come nel caso della rassegna “Casa del Jazz Reloaded" prodotto dalla Fondazione Musica per Roma —con decisione, organizzazione e una buona dose di ottimismo. Il ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

Read "Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable ...

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Gustav Broman - Albin Vesterberg: Ballader

Read "Ballader" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Bassist Gustav Broman and guitarist Albin Vesterberg are two young Swedish musicians who have been playing together for several years. This CD, a set of intriguing ballad variations, marks the first recorded evidence of their partnership. It shows them to be talented players who work very well together. The original compositions all use the ...

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Article: Live Review

Wolfgang Muthspiel at Porgy & Bess: Live at Last!

Read "Wolfgang Muthspiel at Porgy & Bess: Live at Last!" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Wolfgang Muthspiel Porgy & Bess Vienna May 30, 2020 Originally, all events at the Porgy & Bess jazz club in Vienna had been cancelled for public attendance until the end of August—out of precaution in light of the Coronavirus. In adaption to the horrendous circumstances for any cultural lieu of gathering, ...

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Article: Radio

Jazz from Europe on ECM (1972 - 1976)

Read "Jazz from Europe on ECM (1972 - 1976)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Previously in this series we have surveyed record labels as representative of the jazz trends in their times—for example bebop on Dial in the 40s, mainstream jazz on Verve in the 50s, and hard bop on Blue Note in the 60s. The German label ECM can be seen as representative of a major trend of the ...


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