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Tom Arthurs

Former BBC New Generation Artist, and participant in Take Five Europe, the work of trumpeter, flügelhornist and composer Tom Arthurs situates itself between large scale commissions for orchestra and beyond, rich and intimate chamber jazz, and experimental, beautiful and intriguing improvised music. Drawing influence from music ranging from György Ligeti to the pygmies of Central Africa, the work of film directors Andrei Tarkovsky and Jean-Luc Godard and the creations of pioneering chefs Ferran Adrià and Heston Blumenthal, Tom's warm sound and all- encompassing approach are becoming increasingly well known across Europe and beyond. Recent recordings include Julia Hülsmann Quartet (ECM, 2013), Eric Schaefer's 'Who's Afraid of Richard W.' (ACT, 2013), Miles Perkin Quartet (2012), H3B Songs No Songs (Abalone, 2012) and Postcards from Pushkin with Richard Fairhurst (Babel, 2011). And new for 2015 will be A Clear Midnight (Julia Hülsmann Quintet, ECM), Marc Schmolling's Ticho (Unit) and Vaucanson's Muse (w

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Tower Jazz Composers Orch. & Daniel Bernardes

Read "Tower Jazz Composers Orch. & Daniel Bernardes" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Improvisation is the core of clarinetist Ben Goldberg's Good Day For Cloud Fishing, and not just the music. His fascination with poet Dean Young's work led to the creation of this album where the trio of Goldberg, Nels Cline and Ron Miles improvised upon a musical sketch that Goldberg wrote based upon one of Young's poems. ...

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Local Talent, Saxophone Summit and More

Read "Local Talent, Saxophone Summit and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show there is a focus on two recent albums by Local Talent and Saxophone Summit. Local Talent combines three of Canada's most eminent instrumentalists performing together on record for the first time. The group is lead by composer and keyboardist James Hill, a rising star of the Toronto scene, known best for ...

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Maciej Obara: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Unloved marks a before and after for alto saxophonist/composer Maciej Obara, whose star has gradually risen since his debut as leader, Message from Ohayo (Polish Radio Katowice, 2007), and his subsequent stint with Tomasz Stanko's New Balladyna Quartet. However, it's arguably with his quintet Obara International, featuring Dominik Wania, Gard Nilssen, Ole Morten Vågan and Tom ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Julia Hülsmann Trio: Sooner And Later

Read "Sooner And Later" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Attivo dal 1997, il piano trio di Julia Hülsmann ha ormai raggiunto una propria identità, ponendosi ai vertici in Europa. Nella sua storia s'è spesso aperto alla relazione con ospiti e lo ha confermato di recente, integrando il trombettista Tom Arthurs (In Full of View , ECM 2012) e il cantante Theo Bleckmann (A Clear Midnight: ...

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Jazzahead! 2017

Read "Jazzahead! 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzahead! Trade Fair/Festival Bremen April 27-29, 2017 Jazzahead!, the annual market place of/for jazz in Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany, with a total of 40 showcases and a concluding club night with more than 110 concerts, is impossible to cover adequately in one report. In this article you'll find a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Julie Sassoon: Fourtune

Read "Fourtune" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Fourtune is British pianist-composer Julie Sassoon's first quartet recording. Sassoon's musical approach draws in equal measure on her classical training and on a love of jazz and improvised music. This marriage goes far beyond the translation of a pianistic technique from one musical area to another but becomes something far deeper and more powerfully emotionally moving ...

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Enjoy Jazz 2016

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

2016 Enjoy Jazz Festival Heidelberg, Mannheim & Ludwigshafen, Germany October 24-November 1, 2016 Returning to Heidelberg and the Enjoy Jazz Festival after a three-year absence is still more than a bit like returning to a second home. Not just the same hotel (the ever-charming Hollander Hof, along the Neckar River by an ...

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I nuovi percorsi del Polish Jazz

Read "I nuovi percorsi del Polish Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Una nuova generazione si fa avanti con determinazione sulla scena del Jazz polacco e molti trovano accoglienza nel catalogo della For-Tune. L'etichetta si propone ambiziosamente di “salvare dall'oblio i fenomeni musicali di natura eterna." Non si rivolge esclusivamente al jazz o agli artisti polacchi e il suo catalogo ospita anche lavori di William Parker, Mary Halvorson, ...

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Jazzdor Strasbourg 2015

Read "Jazzdor Strasbourg 2015" reviewed by Henning Bolte

JAZZDOR Strasbourg November 10-13, 2015 Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the ...


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