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Montreux Jazz Artists Autumn of Music

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The Montreux Palace Autumn of Music Montreux Switzerland 12-17 October 2020 The obvious, burning question for Montreux Jazz Festival press officer Marc Zendrini, concerned plans for the Festival in 2021. He replied “We have safe possibilities for outside performance next summer, all along the lakefront. But for which artists, on what ...

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The French Scene - Part 3

Read "The French Scene - Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As we continue our journey in today's French jazz scene, we look at how it has been influenced by the many musical traditions that enrich the French society, in particular those from North Africa and the Middle-East, courtesy of Yacine Boularès, Ibrahim Maalouf, Naïssam Jalal, Smadj and Sophie Alour with Mohamed Abozekry and Wassim Halal). To ...

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Sophie Alour, Aaron Parks, Sarah Murcia, UR-Kestra and Other New Releases

Read "Sophie Alour, Aaron Parks, Sarah Murcia, UR-Kestra and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Plenty of European jazz on this week's show, with a special focus on the French scene and the mighty Convervatorium von Amsterdam Concert Big Band's new album. Also featured the great new releases by Aaron Parks and by Jason Palmer as well as the debut EP of the promising young quartet featuring Maya Keren, Camila Nebbia, ...

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Nice Jazz Festival 2018

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Nice Jazz Festival Nice, France July 16-21, 2018 The 2018 Nice festival started like a damp squib when a crashing, flashing thunderstorm hit the city an hour before the opening. The ensuing deluge made the stages and electrics unsafe. With no chance of rescheduling, most musicians left town for their ...

Shaker

Label: Naive
Released: 2014
Track listing: Joke; In This World; Comptine; Shaker; En Ton Absence; Mystere Et Boule De Gomme!; I Wanna Move My Body; Nos Cendres; My Favorite Things; En Ton Absence.

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Sophie Alour: Shaker

Read "Shaker" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

French saxophonist Sophie Alour has gone organ-ic for her fifth album. Shaker finds her fronting an organ trio, delivering music that's alternately funky, rocking, and (occasionally) soothing. Alour put together a program of tunes that focuses on groove, melody, and the beauty that exists when those two elements work together. She often looks ...

Opus 3

Label: Plus Loin Music
Released: 2011
Track listing: Grekerna; Mystere et boule de gomme; Eloge du lointain; Ode a Arthur Cravan; Haunted; En ton absence; Why people always laugh about serious things; Pensee vagabonde; Caprice; Karlston; Petite anatomie du temps qui passe...

La Géographie Des Rêves

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2011

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Sophie Alour: Opus 3

Read "Opus 3" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

French saxophonist Sophie Alour's Opus 3 is not only her third album as a leader, it is also her first in a trio setting. The recipient of the French Django D'or award, Alour departs from the electric intensity of her previous release, Uncaged (Nocturne, 2007), to explore her voice as an instrumentalist. The 11 originals are ...


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