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Willem Breuker was a Dutch jazz bandleader, composer, arranger, saxophonist, and bass clarinetist. In 1967, with percussionist Han Bennink and pianist Misha Mengelberg, he co-founded the Instant Composers Pool (ICP), with which he regularly performed until 1973. He was a member of the Globe Unity Orchestra and the Gunter Hampel Group. In 1974 he began leading the 10-piece Willem Breuker Kollektief, which performed jazz in a theatrical and often unconventional manner, drawing elements from theater and vaudeville. With the group, he toured Western Europe, Russia, Australia, India, China, Japan, the United States, and Canada. He was also known as an authority on the music of Kurt Weill

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Article: Album Review

Marta Warelis / Frank Rosaly / Aaron Lumley / John Dikeman: Sunday At De Ruimte

Read "Sunday At De Ruimte" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Is it a pilgrimage or just magnetism that draws improvising artists to Amsterdam? If you've read Kevin Whitehead's book New Dutch Swing (Billboard Books, 1998), you'll understand the open atmosphere and creative jazz scene which began there in the 1960s. It was a scene sown by America's New Thing in free jazz, but also one that ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Corrado Beldì il poliedrico: su NovaraJazz e non solo

Read "Corrado Beldì il poliedrico: su NovaraJazz e non solo" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Dopo aver partecipato a NovaraJazz per un paio di giorni nel 2008 e nel 2011, ho incontrato di nuovo il suo direttore artistico Corrado Beldì al Talos Festival di Ruvo di Puglia nel 2014, quando di scena era l'Instant Composers Pool. Mi trovai di fronte un quarantenne giovanile, estroverso, sempre pronto a una risata contagiosa e ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1

Read "A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Circus is like Jazz. They both require a great deal of originality and a capacity to improvise and be in the moment. They come out of a sense of urgency and self-expression since artists do not embrace them to get rich. And they both demand incredible dedication and discipline. This week we explore the ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

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: Album Review

The Wayne Horvitz European Orchestra: Live at the Bimhuis

Read "Live at the Bimhuis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Risale al 2014 Live at the Bimhuis, registrazione della European Orchestra di Wayne Horvitz presso la leggendaria venue olandese che festeggiava allora i quarant'anni di attività. Siamo circa un anno dopo la scomparsa di Lawrence “Butch" Morris, figura imprescindibile negli sviluppi della musica afroamericana, e non solo, dell'ultimo mezzo secolo. Oltre che nume tutelare di questa ...

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Article: Album Review

Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

Read "Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Bassist Moppa Elliott is best known as the leader of the surrealistic jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, but his musical universe, encompassing work with symphony orchestras and new music ensembles, stretches much farther than that band's frantic music. This is reflected in this 2 CD set of Elliott leading three different types of ...

Article: Album Review

Matthias Schriefl: Keine Angst vor... Schreefpunk

Read "Keine Angst vor... Schreefpunk" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Chi ha frequentato l'Alto Adige Jazz Festival negli ultimi anni, ha avuto modo di incrociare spesso il trombettista e polistrumentista germanico Matthias Schriefl, sia con proprie formazioni e realizzazioni, che in qualità di ospite o in lavori a lui espressamente commissionati. Tra le altre cose, segnaliamo la sua presenza di solista pirotecnico nel bel gruppo Plankton, ...

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Article: Live Review

Instant Composers Pool at The MAC

Read "Instant Composers Pool at The MAC" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Instant Composers Pool The MAC Tempered jny:Belfast, N. Ireland November 3, 2017 It's a significant year for Instant Composers Pool, for 2017 marks the Dutch jazz collective's fiftieth anniversary. Sadly, the year also saw the passing of Misha Mengelberg, pianist, composer and co-founder of the IPC along with Willem ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello


Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills. In the 21st century there are countless ...


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