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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Harris Eisenstadt, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen and More

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A very eclectic show this time out: drummers are front and center: Joao Lencastre, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen, Harris Eisenstadt, Kahil El'Zabar from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Germany's Max Andrzejewski. The latter and his band Hütte are tackling the music of rocker/composer Robert Wyatt. If that isn't off the wall, how about a combination of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nate Wooley: Columbia Icefield

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Nate Wooley's Columbia Icefield begins with a dueling repetition of chords by bandmates Mary Halvorson and Susan Alcorn on “Lionel Trilling." The ambiguity generated by this back and forth is the perfect start to his album's shape-shifting music. Wooley's trumpet is both poetic and piercing. There's a sense of longing in his tone and ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest—New York's premiere jazz festival—has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Max Johnson: In the West; Borderlands Trio: Asteroidea

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Max Johnson In the West Clean Feed Records Un talento multiforme quello del bassista Max Johnson, in grado di spaziare dal rock al bluegrass, dal jazz d'avanguardia alla musica da camera. Tutte queste capacità mimetiche precipitano nel suo album In the West, disco che sembra contenere a fatica l'insieme ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Suoni Per Il Popolo 2018

Read "Suoni Per Il Popolo 2018" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Suoni Per Il Popolo Montreal, Quebec June 1-19, 2018 The Casa del Popolo and Sala Rossa, the hub of the annual June celebration of avant music known as the Suoni Per Il Popolo, sit across from one another on Saint Laurent Boulevard just below the major intersection of Saint Joseph. ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Unlimited 31 - Mary Halvorson "Ribbons of Euphoria"

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The 31st edition of Unlimited Festival, in Wels, titled “Ribbon of Euphoria," was curated by American guitarist Mary Halvorson. who organized a program focused on guitar-oriented groups, offering to the audience a wide range of improvised music. Performers included Halvorson, Stephan Crump, Ellery Eskelin, Tomas Fujiwara, Mira Lu Kovacs, Susana Santos Silva, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jessica ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2016

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Compiling end of the year lists is never easy. Considering the quantity of recordings released in a year's time, attempting to compose a list mentioning every first-rate session would be difficult at best. These ten albums represent a fertile cross-section of some of the most compelling modern jazz issued in 2016. Many of the records listed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You

Read "Away With You" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Continuing her streak of outstanding releases, guitarist extraordinaire Mary Halvorson once again shows her determination to build upon her unique style as a composer and bandleader. She's taken her septet from 2013's superb Illusionary Sea and added an eighth member, pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, and the resulting music is typical Halvorson: harmonically complex, emotionally compelling, ...


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