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Thomas Backman



Label: Bluenord Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Beloved; Part l Ab Radice; Karthago; Mare Nostrum; Scintilla; Moth; Part ll Ago Radices; What Remains of Those Days.


Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May

The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...


Article: Interview

Ilaria Capalbo: In Fearless Pursuit Of Her Muse

Read "Ilaria Capalbo: In Fearless Pursuit Of Her Muse" reviewed by Ian Patterson

After years playing in different bands and drawing widespread praise for her lyricism and rhythmic agility, double bassist Ilaria Capalbo has stepped up to front her own project. The Neapolitan's debut album, Karthago (Bluenord Records, 2022), is a remarkable statement of intent. Inspired by the ancient Mediterranean city of Carthage and its near-mythical figurehead, queen Alyssia, ...


Article: Album Review

Ilaria Capalbo: Karthago

Read "Karthago" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For her debut as leader, bassist Ilaria Capalbo takes as her muse the ancient city-state of Carthage, the former Mediterranean powerhouse, in what is today modern Tunisia. Repeatedly sacked by a series of invaders, Carthage's colorful history, and its near mythical figurehead, queen Alyssia (or Dido), has inspired writers, poets and composers since Roman times. It ...


Article: Album Review

Ilaria Capalbo: Karthago

Read "Karthago" reviewed by Chris May

Bassist and composer Ilaria Capalbo was born and brought up in Italy but spends much of her time in Sweden, where she recorded Karthago and assembled the band which performs on it. It is always a joy to encounter for the first time a musician who sounds so fresh and original and whose music is such ...


Article: My Favourite Things

Ilaria Capalbo e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Ilaria Capalbo e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica Cerco sempre di incorporare una certa qualità narrativa nella musica che scrivo e nel modo in cui suono. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La voglia di aggiungere qualcosa di personale alla musica. Precisione e professionalità sono importantissime. Sono poi particolarmente felice ...


Basement Music

Label: Jazzland Recordings
Released: 2020


News: Festival

Lineup Announced For 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 18th Edition

Lineup Announced For 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 18th Edition

Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the full lineup for the 2019 nine-day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. Now in its 18th year, the festival will be held June 21 to 29 and present more than 320+ shows including a record 100+ free shows and 1500+ artists from around the world performing in 20 ...


Article: Album Review

Thomas Gunillasson: Glashus

Read "Glashus" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The musical career of Swedish, Västerås-based guitarist Thomas Gunillasson flirts with early influences of Nordic metal bands and later sophistication of improvising jazz outfits and left-of-center rock outfits. Gunillasson plays in fellow Swede, and avant-garde vocalist Lindha Kallerdahl's GOLD band, co-leads the quartet Thymeshift with drummer Johan Björklund and leads the trio Les Pickadoles with ex- ...


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