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Ramon Lopez

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

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Stan Kenton Orchestra / Trinity College: Concert Impressions

Read "Concert Impressions" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's another splendid two-disc anthology from Tantara Productions showcasing music from the capacious Stan Kenton library, performed on Disc 1 by the Kenton Orchestra circa 1972-76 and on Disc 2 by the Trinity College Big Band, Alumni Band and Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and 2007. Tantara has now released more than twenty albums, all devoted to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Satoko Fujii, Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Oltrepassata la soglia dei sessanta, traguardo che ha cadenzato il 2018 al ritmo di un disco al mese, Satoko Fujii, avendoci evidentemente preso gusto, sta continuando a produrre nuovi lavori magari non più a quei ritmi ma comunque con generosa disponibilità, diciamo così. Svelatosi una ventina d'anni or sono in particolare nei gruppi ...

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Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

2019 was the year when one couldn't turn an ear without hearing a release that featured either Kris Davis or Matthew Shipp. Between the two pianist/composer/improvisers, listeners have been treated to more than a dozen recordings, each noteworthy. Then there is Satoko Fujii. On the heels of her 2018, twelve-album birthday celebration, the pianist issued another ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Satoko Fujii & Tatsuya Yoshida: Baikamo

Read "Baikamo" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Among her vast catalog of formations of every size and shape, some of Satoko Fujii's most interesting work has been in duos, especially those with percussionists. Her most recent such outing was Confluence (Libra, 2019) with Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez, surprisingly melodic, especially compared to her previous drum and piano releases. Fujii reunites with Tatsuya Yoshida ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jean Christophe Cholet - Matthieu Michel: Extended Whispers

Read "Extended Whispers" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Album che prosegue il precedente Whispers del duo tra il pianista francese Jean Christoph Cholet e il trombettista svizzero Matthieu Michel--artisti che collaborano da quando, molti anni fa, si incontrarono nella Vienna Art Orchestra--allargando la formazione a quintetto e quindi arricchendo suoni e scenari. Il programma prevede tredici brani originali (sei di Cholet, quattro ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band at Aghavannagh Barracks

Read "Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band at Aghavannagh Barracks" reviewed by John Sharpe

Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band Aghavannagh Barracks Wicklow, Ireland August 14-15, 2019 Have you ever wondered what goes into a performance? For some it might just be a quick run through of familiar standards, while for free improvisers any prep at all might be anathema. But for a large ensemble rehearsal ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More

Read "Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Those artists who have been able to sustain long careers and consistently move the music forward must be celebrated, and this episode recognizes two such examples who have new recordings out at the moment: Be Known: Ancient/Future/Music from Chicago's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, the group put together in 1976 by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, and Terra Incognita from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Satoko Fujii / Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Satoko Fujii's duo recordings are among her most interesting projects. Those one-on-one situations bring out creative energy in the improviser that becomes perpetual movement between musicians. The shape-shifting artist has worked this magic with Australian pianist Alister Spence, bassist Joe Fonda, violinists Mark Feldman and Carla Kihlstedt, and Fujii's husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura. Similarly, Fujii's work ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Satoko Fujii/Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Satoko Fujii has collected a lot of musical soul mates over her twenty-plus year, eighty-plus album career: pianist Paul Bley, her early mentor; trumpeter (and husband) Natsuki Tamura; electronics wizard/keyboardfisit Alister Spence, to name a few notables. All three have teamed with Fujii for at least one extraordinary duo album apiece, showcasing deep connections and ...


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