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Article: Record Label Profile

We Jazz Records: Finland's indie label shaking up the global conversation

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The past decade's genre-bending jazz renaissance has been well-documented, but between the trailblazing players taking improvised music to increasingly hip places, and the ever-growing audience queuing up to hear them, sits the homegrown labels bottling these brave, thrilling (r)evolutions for all to hear. In conversations about the state of jazz today, it's often easier to distil ...

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Article: Live Review

Pori Jazz 2022

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Pori Jazz 2022 Kirjurinluoto Concert Park jny:Pori, Finland July 14-16, 2022 If this year's 55th annual Pori Jazz festival had a “moment," it was when Immanuel Wilkins invited Shabaka Hutchings to the stage as a surprise guest for a dazzling 14-minute duet that capped the former's spellbinding set, ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

Jazz World Records: From Hong Kong with Love

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"I've had plenty of labels in the past--three or four, I can't remember--and I always swore I'd never do it again," begins Clarence Chang as he sits down to lunch. And yet here we are, chewing linguine and discussing the label he just founded, Jazz World Records. “The only true jazz label in ...

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Article: Live Review

Daniel Chu at Freespace Jazz Festival 2021

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Freespace Ensemble x Daniel Chu—Game Play The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural Centre Freespace Jazz Festival 2021 Hong Kong October 29, 2021 The gods of gig scheduling work in mysterious ways and, by some strange twist of fate or malevolence, Hong Kong's two major jazz festivals ...

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2021

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2021 Hong Kong City Hall October 27-28, 2021 Forced to restrict programming to locally based musicians, the always enjoyable Hong Kong International Jazz Festival's greatest surprise this year came early in Chi Chau's Choice, a super-ish group of HK luminaries assembled ...

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Article: Profile

Miles Davis: How 9 Jazz Icons Remember His Genius

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Like nearly every other jazz fan on the planet, I've long held an unshakeable fascination with the music of Miles Davis. Thirty years after his death, Miles's legacy, innovations and iconography continue to shape contemporary conceptions of the art form more than any other figure—his life and lessons simultaneously a road map, Holy Grail and high ...

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Joyce Cheung, Daniel Chu, Bowen Li and Patrick Lui at Youth Square

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Joyce Cheung, Daniel Chu, Bowen Li and Patrick Lui Y Theatre, Youth Square Jazz World Live Series: Our Jazz Pianists Chai Wan, Hong Kong July 4, 2021 There was a proud sense of ownership evident in dubbing this event Our Jazz Pianists. Hong Kong's Jazz World ...

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Article: Live Review

Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra at Hong Kong City Hall

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Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra Hong Kong City Hall French May June 17, 2021 Yes, that date above is correct--and if the world's ongoing global nightmare has offered any relief to musicians of late, it might be the fresh appreciation afforded often overlooked players in their own communities. Nightlife ...

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Article: Interview

Gary Bartz At 80: On Jazz Is Dead, Miles Davis And Why Improvisation Is A Dirty Word

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It's hard to talk to Gary Bartz about music. Not because he's a difficult or reluctant interviewee—quite the opposite. In fact, the 80-year-old saxophonist is refreshingly unguarded and garrulous when looking back over his formidable six-decade musical career. It's just finding the right words that's the tricky part. Like many musicians, jazz isn't one ...

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Article: Album Review

Kari Ikonen: Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions

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Twentieth century artists were often known to power their creative process with a jazz soundtrack—Jackson Pollack's frenzied brushstrokes supposedly sparked by bebop horn spurts—while further back loftily enlightened Romantic composers often hoped to distill the essence of other mediums in their work—perhaps most famously with Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Jazz musicians ...


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