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Zbigniew Seifert

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Zbigniew Seifert was an outstanding figure in Polish jazz. When he died he was less than 33 years old. Although his legacy is small, its artistic value until today admires.

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Article: Album Review

Stefan Braun & Mateusz Smoczynski: Keep On Turnin'

Read "Keep On Turnin'" reviewed by Ian Patterson


A violin and cello duo might spark thoughts of chamber music, but Polish violinist Mateusz Smoczynski and German cellist Stefan Braun, classically trained though they are, are improvising musicians at heart; with Keep on Turnin' they revisit the jazz, fusion and funk songs that provided the soundtrack in their formative years. Though this is Smoczynski and ...

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In Flight

Label: Red Piano Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: In Flight; Way Off; Pundit; When I'm in Your Arms Once MOre; Case in Point; Alfie's Lullaby.

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Article: Interview

Johanna Burnheart: Techno Jazz Shines A Light: New Directions In Music

Read "Johanna Burnheart: Techno Jazz Shines A Light: New Directions In Music" reviewed by Chris May


A relatively new name on London's alternative jazz scene, the German-born violinist, vocalist and composer Johanna Burnheart has made a rapid ascent since leaving the city's Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2018. She has played on three of the scene's benchmark albums--spiritual-jazz band Maisha's There Is A Place (Brownswood, 2018), trombonist Rosie Turton's 5ive ...

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Article: Album Review

Tomoko Omura: Branches Vol. 1

Read "Branches Vol. 1" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


With Branches Vol. 1, award-winning violinist Tomoro Omura dives deep into exploring textures and melodic invention drawn from Japanese folklore. This effort is a contemporized display which validates Omura's vast instrumental abilities and also channels Japanese folklore as a launch-point for her superior composition skills. The recording is seductive, deeply emotional and meditative, and, simultaneously, elegantly ...

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Article: Interview

Gabe Terracciano: A Constant State Of Arriving

Read "Gabe Terracciano: A Constant State Of Arriving" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It may seem strange that a jazz violinist should admit to hating jazz violin, but Gabe Terracciano is not your run-of-the-mill jazz violinist. For starters, what other jazz violinist plays Ornette Coleman tunes in a bluegrass band? Nor are there too many jazz violinists who have taken first prize at an old-time fiddle competition, toured Ghana ...

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Article: Live Review

4th Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

Read "4th Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition" reviewed by Ian Patterson


4th Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Cricoteka Museum, Kraków, Poland/Various international locations on-line July 8-10, 2020 When the fanfare and drum roll had died down the big moment arrived. After three days of on-line competition, the six finalists waited anxiously in front of their screens, in Israel, The USA, Austria, ...

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Article: Album Review

Michel Herr: Positive: Music For Sextet And String Quartet

Read "Positive: Music For Sextet And String Quartet" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Although perhaps best known as a jazz pianist who has worked with the likes of Archie Shepp, Bill Frisell, Philip Catherine, Joe Lovano, Zbigniew Seifert and Toots Thielemans, Michel Herr has long enjoyed a parallel career as a conductor / musical director, and as an arranger for cinema, television and radio productions. It is in these ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…

Read "John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…" reviewed by Ian Patterson


John Scofield is a modern-day jazz legend, one of the most instantly recognizable voices on the guitar, and an inspiration to many. In a solo career that began in earnest in 1977, Scofield has carved out his own sound on dozens of albums, including his tribute to Steve Swallow, Swallow Tales (ECM, 2020), a trio album ...

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Atom String Quartet: Penderecki

Read "Penderecki" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Following its stunning interpretation of the music of Polish jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert on Seifert (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, 2017), Atom String Quartet turns its attention to the oeuvre of another great of contemporary Polish music--classical composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. Born in 1933, Penderecki's writing encompasses choral works, operas, symphonies, concerti, chamber music, sacred music, and ...


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