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Willem Breuker

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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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. ...

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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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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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 ...

Satoko Fuji: Invisible Hand, Trouble Kaze: June, Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace

Read "Satoko Fuji: Invisible Hand, Trouble Kaze: June, Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Tre recenti realizzazioni discografiche della pianista Satoko Fujii mettono in evidenza quanto l'ampio ventaglio della sua ispirazione sia in continuo fermento, coniugando la sperimentazione di nuovi organici strumentali allo scandaglio di tecniche compositive e improvvisative, in una rete di contrasti che danno forma a un ampio affresco in costante movimento. In particolare, emerge il lavoro in ...

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La Marmite Infernale: Les hommes… maintenant!

Read "Les hommes… maintenant!" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Formazione storica dell'avanguardia francese più squisitamente iconoclasta (pur se di quell'iconoclastia disincantata, ironica e un po' cialtrona che è tipica della scena jazzistica d'oltralpe), La Marmite Infernale è realtà schiettamente live, un po' imbrigliata fuori dai tracciati di un palco (o di una piazza, o al limite di una strada), più o meno come accadeva al ...

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The Westerlies: The Westerlies

Read "The Westerlies" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il quartetto di ottoni The Westerlies è formato da musicisti originari di Seattle che, dopo collaborazioni giovanili nella città dello stato di Washington, si sono successivamente ritrovati a suonare insieme nell'area di New York, dove si erano trasferiti separatamente. Il nome del quartetto si ispira a tale spostamento da Ovest verso Est, la stessa direzione che ...


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