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Article: Album Review

Yuko Fujiyama: Quiet Passion

Read "Quiet Passion" reviewed by John Sharpe


American-based Japanese pianist Yuko Fujiyama has recorded sparingly over a 40-year career, so the arrival of Quiet Passion, only the fourth date under her leadership, is an occasion to perk up the ears. Also noteworthy is the unusual instrumentation she has chosen, supplementing her piano with the cornet of Graham Haynes and electronics of Ikue Mori. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Back to popular demand! Here's some more musical therapy for these trying times, the fifth installment of this popular mix-tape series, featuring selections by Tim Berne, Theo Bleckmann, Stefano Bollani, Tommaso Cappellato, Taylor Ho Bynum, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Mats Gustaffson, Maya Keren, Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks, Rosa Brunello and Ben Wendel. Happy listening! Stay safe ...

Article: Album Review

Myra Melford: Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1

Read "Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


All'inizio degli anni novanta Myra Melford, Lindsey Horner e Reggie Nicholson piombarono sul mondo del jazz con un piano trio che miscelava come pochi tradizione e modernità, blues e avanguardia, gospel e sofisticata scrittura. Ciò era percepibile già in Jump (1990) e Now & Now (1992) i primi due album in studio per Enemy, ma è ...

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Article: Album Review

Myra Melford Trio: Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1

Read "Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1" reviewed by John Sharpe


Back in 1993, pianist Myra Melford announced herself on the international stage with Alive In The House Of Saints and it still constitutes exhilarating listening. It was the third and, as it happened, last album by her trio completed by bassist Lindsey Horner and drummer Reggie Nicholson, following a brace of recordings on the Enemy imprint ...

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Article: Album Review

Thomas Borgmann Trio: One For Cisco

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This limited edition LP documents a collectively birthed exploration spread across the two sides by the visiting German pair of reedman Thomas Borgmann and long time associate drummer Willi Kellers, who team up with NYC bassist Max Johnson. The concert took place as part of the New York Tenor Saxophone Festival at Ibeam in 2015 organized ...

Article: Live Review

Muhal Richard Abrams Quintet al Teatro Manzoni di Milano

Read "Muhal Richard Abrams Quintet al Teatro Manzoni di Milano" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Aperitivo in Concerto Teatro Manzoni Milano 31.01.2016 Il programma della stagione 2015-2016 di Aperitivo in Concerto era, come sempre, ricco di proposte e musicisti interessanti. Un nome, però, svettava nettamente su tutti gli altri. Quello di Muhal Richard Abrams. Per la sua storia (ricordiamo che il pianista è ...

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Article: Interview

Steve Swell: Unlimited Musical Possibilities

Read "Steve Swell: Unlimited Musical Possibilities" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


"Free Jazz" and “Avant-Garde Jazz" are catch phrases often associated with musical pioneers such as Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor but more broadly refer to music that goes outside of the mainstream of melody, harmony, rhythm, and structure. When that happens, opinions and emotions abound. Reactions vary from disgust to excitement and enthusiasm, and it is ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2013

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by John Sharpe


Here are twelve new releases which stood out from those I heard this year, in no special order. Mostly Other People Do The Killing Slippery Rock (Hot Cup Records) Leader and bassist Moppa Elliott's songwriting talents haven't deserted him: his charts, named after small Pennsylvania towns, are bursting at ...

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Article: Live From New York

Ensemble musikFabrik, Etienne Charles, Pulverize The Sound & Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora

Read "Ensemble musikFabrik, Etienne Charles, Pulverize The Sound & Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora" reviewed by Martin Longley


Ensemble musikFabrik Avery Fisher Hall July 20, 2013 Karlheinz Stockhausen and Sun Ra must surely vie for the stellar position of most cosmically attuned composer within the bounds of the omniverse. Stockhausen's Licht is arguably his major work, at least in terms of sheer scale. It's a seven-day-long operatic ...


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