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Rantzer, Ballantyne, Millaci, Tonbruket and More

Read "Rantzer, Ballantyne, Millaci, Tonbruket and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

At the heart of this week's show are albums by Tito Mangialajo Rantzer and Andy Ballantyne both of which include dedications to famous jazz musicians. Amongst other material there is also new music from Giuseppe Millaci & Vogue Trio and Tonbruket. Playlist Tito Mangialajo Rantzer “After Sam" from Dedications (Solista Records) 00:00 Andy ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Aki Takase: In The River's Flow

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After forty plus years of recording and touring Aki Takase could be forgiven for easing up a little, for pulling back on the reins. Instead, the Japanese pianist/composer's creative fire is burning as strongly as ever. Since turning seventy in 2018, Takase has released five albums--four in 2019 alone. This output of creative energy showcases the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Dease's new album and a focus on Paolo Fresu

Read "Michael Dease's new album and a focus on Paolo Fresu" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week the exceptional new record from Michael Dease is the featured album, plus we focus on trumpeter Paolo Fresu, and spin a selection of high quality jazz music. Playlist Michael Dease “Pearls" from Bonafide (Posi-tone) 00:00 Daniel Bennett Group “Loose Fitting Spare Tire" from We Are the Orchestra (Manhatten Daylight Media) 06:08 Florian Weber “From ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexander von Schlippenbach / Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 50 Years

Read "Globe Unity - 50 Years" reviewed by John Sharpe

The internet. Mobile phones. Social media. The Fall of the Berlin Wall. A lot's happened over the last 50 years. When pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach first assembled the Globe Unity Orchestra in the autumn of 1966, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk still walked the earth. The GUO was one of the first expressions of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Moers Festival 2018

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Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 18-21, 2018 The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexander von Schlippenbach / Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 50 Years

Read "Globe Unity - 50 Years" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra (GUO) employs a similar head-scratching process to that utilized to make geuze, a much-treasured Belgian beer. Both elicit the “how did they do that?" question, and both seem to be a gift from Mother Nature. Schlippenbach brings together a choice assemblage of improvisers, like the ingredients of guesze (wheat ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Cologne Open 2018

Read "Cologne Open 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Cologne Open Stadtgarten Cologne, Gemany March 1-2, 2018 Cologne Open, the first edition of a new showcase festival offering a selection of the city's jazz musicians, spanned two nights in the renowned Stadtgarten venue. It was launched on the occasion of a meeting of the newly established Artistic ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Florian Stoffner, Paul Lovens, Rudi Mahall: Mein Freund der Baum

Read "Mein Freund der Baum" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Svizzero, classe 1975, Florian Stoffner è il primo firmatario del disco di cui ci occupiamo, che lo vede interagire col cinquantunenne clarinettista tedesco Rudi Mahall e con un'autentica icona della free improvisation europea, Paul Lovens, in un lavoro che appunto l'aleatorietà più esplicita ed eloquente pratica senza mezzi termini. Con tutto il corollario di rito (perché ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Aki Takase: Cherry ‎– Sakura

Read "Cherry ‎– Sakura" reviewed by John Sharpe

Twenty three years after their first studio date Blue Monk (Enja, 1993), Japanese pianist Aki Takase and American saxophonist David Murray reunite in Switzerland. There has been one live recording since, Valencia (Sound Hills, 1997), but the question remains what took them so long? The saxophone/piano axis has been a favored format for both. Murray's companions ...


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