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Ramon Lopez

Born:

Ramon Lopez. Alicante, 6-8-1961 (www.ramonlopez.net). Batteur, percussionniste et compositeur. Il a commenc

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 2: Duos

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 2: Duos" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Satoko Fujii releases a lot of albums. Most of them are regular CDs, but she has also moved into the Bandcamp offerings, online only. The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part 1 featured four different sides of her artistry: Solo, duo, trio, quartet and orchestra. Part 2 will showcase some of her outstanding duo discs. Satoko ...

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Article: Album Review

Futari: Underground

Read "Underground" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Satoko Fujii found another perfect musical partner in 2017, in the Berlin-based mallet maven Taiko Saito, resulting, eventually, in their duo outing Beyond (Libra Records, 2021). The pair dubbed themselves “Futari" ('two people' in Japanese). Underground surfaces as their second 2021 release ("prolific" is a word usually included in a description of Fujii's output).

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Article: Six Picks

October 2021

Read "October 2021" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


The Source But swinging doesn't bend them down Odin Records 2021 This new release by Norwegian jazz outfit The Source arrives 15 years after the quartet's self-titled ECM debut and makes up for lost time with angular swing, unconventional rubato and offbeat contemplation. The four protagonists--each a pillar of the ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Satoko Fujii / Taiko Saito: Beyond

Read "Beyond" reviewed by John Sharpe


Right from the off, the confluence of grainy flicker and humming drone signals that Beyond won't be like other vibraphone/piano hook ups. Under the moniker Futari, Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and her Berlin-based countrywoman vibraphonist Taiko Saito don't so much take the road less traveled as revel in the thickets, brambles and unexpected clearings discovered when ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nathan Clevenger, Paulina Porszke & Emanuele Parrini

Read "Nathan Clevenger, Paulina Porszke & Emanuele Parrini" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Several new artists pop up in this episode inclduing guitarist Nathan Clevenger from California, Polish pianist Paulina Porszke, English duo Gus Garside and Hervé Perez, and French pianist Loïc Dequidt now living in Sweden. Italian violinist Emanuele Parrini's new album, Digging (Reflections On Jazz And Blues) is ear-opening. Lots of good stuff for you as well, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii

Read "Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Things get a little rockin' this time out with the powerful guitar of Raoul Bjorkenheim and a top Italian quartet digging into the music of John Coltrane. Then he's front and center in the J&F Band, a mostly Italian ensemble, led by legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and bassist Joe Fonda (and Joe sings! Who ...

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Article: Album Review

Mauro Sigura Quartet: Terra Vetro

Read "Terra Vetro" reviewed by Chris May


Although the Italian oud player and composer Mauro Sigura bills his band as a world-jazz group which combines traditional Ottoman-Mediterranean music with modern European jazz, the band's sophomore album is not full-on, capped-up World Jazz in the manner of, say, fellow oudist Anouar Brahem's Blue Maqams (ECM, 2017). That album, made with double bassist Dave Holland, ...

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Mantle

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Nine Steps to the Ground; Metaphors; From Spring to Summer; Your Shadow; Encounter; Straw Coat; Came, Left; Autumn Sky; The Temple Bell.


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