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A versatile multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer, in the 80s and 90s, Chapin led a trio performing his own music playing in New York City’s downtown scene, and at festivals and clubs around the world. An outstanding composer of larger works as well, he sometimes augmented the trio with strings and horn ensembles. Though leukemia tragically ended his life in 1998 at age 40, Thomas Chapin left behind a legacy of many excellent albums and performances, and a reputation as one of jazz’s more extraordinary musicians and one of the few musicians to exist in both the worlds of the downtown, experimentalist scene and mainstream jazz

Article: Radio

Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch

Read "Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Many jazz musicians in Poland consider playing and/or recording the music of Poland's father of jazz, Krzysztof Komeda, a rite of passage. A similar feeling exists with most jazz musicians anywhere about the music of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and more. This episode features some recordings that follow that path. Saxophonist Dan Willis tackles ...

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Article: Album Review

Omri Ziegele Tomorrow Trio: All Those Yesterdays

Read "All Those Yesterdays" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It's been more than twenty years since the world lost saxophonist Thomas Chapin. If you were to conduct a search like Tibetan Buddhists looking for the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama, the signs and symbols you would sift through are of course recordings. All Those Yesterdays may be all the proof one needs to adjudge ...

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Article: Album Review

Mario Pavone: Philosophy

Read "Philosophy" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Ci sono musicisti che percorrono con discrezione il proprio itinerario artistico e, pur senza collocarsi nel novero dei protagonisti, si ritagliano un ruolo importante di connettori, di tenaci tessitori delle trame che rendono vitale e significativo un periodo artistico. Il contrabbassista Mario Pavone è senz'altro uno di questi. Un musicista prezioso, prodigo di iniziativa. Lo abbiamo ...

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Article: In Pictures

Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival

Read "Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


In North America, there are over 100 annual jazz festivals. Only a small number of these festivals are devoted to the avant-garde, adventurous, and freely improvised music. The Vision Festival in jny: New York City is perhaps the best known festival with its celebration of improvised music, dance, and poetry. There are a few others that ...

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Article: Radio

Thelonious Monk Revisited

Read "Thelonious Monk Revisited" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Thelonious Monk once said “play what you want and let the public pick up on what you are doing even if it does take them 15, 20 years." Luckily, he lived long enough to become fully embraced and celebrated before his passing. However, it's after his death that his music has really become central to the ...

Article: Album Review

Peter McEachern Trio: Bone Code

Read "Bone Code" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Il veterano trombonista del Connecticut Peter McEachern dedica questo bell'album in trio all'illustre collega Roswell Rudd, scomparso sei mesi dopo la sua incisione (dicembre contro giugno 2017). Per farlo si accompagna a due prime firme di basso e batteria quali Mario Pavone, con cui vanta un rapporto quasi quarantennale, e Michael Sarin, incontrato invece nei primi ...

Article: Album Review

Michael Musillami, Rich Syracuse: Bird Calls

Read "Bird Calls" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Sofisticato lavoro in duo sulla musica di Charles Mingus, certo tra le più feconde dell'intero patrimonio del jazz, ad opera di due esperti musicisti: il chitarrista Michael Musillami,e il contrabbassista di lungo corso Rich Syracuse. Bird Calls è il loro secondo lavoro nella formazione minima --il precedente, of the Night, era dedicato alla musica ...

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Article: My Playlist

Marco Colonna

Read "Marco Colonna" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Denis Colin Trio, Fluide (In Situ, 1998). Un disco strepitoso, all'apice della concezione del trio di Denis Colin. Il suono del suo clarinetto basso è stata sempre fonte di ispirazione per me. È il meno “classico" dei francesi e questo disco si fregia della maestria di Ramon Lopez. Inoltre è una sorta di concept, ...

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News: Video / DVD

Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life Of Thomas Chapin On iTunes, Special DVD

Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life Of Thomas Chapin On iTunes, Special DVD

Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life Of Thomas Chapin An acclaimed music-filled documentary Now available In U.S./Canada, Worldwide Film distributor Random Media and 'Olena Productions proudly announce the DVD, digital and VOD debut of the acclaimed documentary Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life Of Thomas Chapin. A celebrated film in theatrical appearances ...


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