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Match&Fuse Dublin 2017

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Match&Fuse Dublin 2017 dlr Lexicon, Dun Loaghaire, Dublin, Ireland September 16, 2017 “We are Rocky Road and we've existed since Wednesday," bassist Anneleen Boheme announced to the Saturday afternoon audience of the first Match&Fuse festival to be held in Ireland. Well, we're used to pop-up shops after all, so why not pop-up improvised music? Match&Fuse was conceived by London musician/promoter Dave Morecroft in 2011 as a festival and touring project to promote ...

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Antonio Sanchez Group at Jazz Standard

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Antonio Sanchez Group Jazz Standard New York, NY September 15, 2017 There certainly are musicians out there who lean heavily on chops in order to mask deficiencies in other areas, but nobody could ever get away with painting Antonio Sanchez as one of them. The man may have serious technique, but he has no Achilles' heel, or at least not one we've seen, and his skills all rest in balance to one another. His standing ...

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Klimaforandringer: Slægt

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The Danish band, Klimaforandringer (Climate Change), led by the guitarist Lars Bech Pilgaard, returns with their second album Slægt (genus). Once again, they explore their own original brand of Danish haiku-like poetry, hypnotic afrobeat-riffs and kitchy synthesizer landscapes mixed with acid rock and psychedelia. There is an ethical undercurrent in the texts that try to negotiate a position in the world where things are not seen in absolute terms, but rather in an open, humanistic perspective, hence ...

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Keith Karns Big Band: An Eye on the Future

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It's hard to know in advance exactly what to expect from a big-band album whose title is An Eye on the Future. Luckily, the horizon as leader Keith Karns sees it is rhythmically persuasive, harmonically alluring, acknowledges an indispensable bond to the past and swings like crazy. On this album, it's a tomorrow that also sets aside ample room for the prodigious talents of tenor saxophonist Rich Perry who solos on the first five of its seven numbers.

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Aki Takase: Cherry ‎– Sakura

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Twenty three years after their first studio date Blue Monk (Enja, 1993), Japanese pianist Aki Takase and American saxophonist David Murray reunite in Switzerland. There has been one live recording since, Valencia (Sound Hills, 1997), but the question remains what took them so long? The saxophone/piano axis has been a favored format for both. Murray's companions include Mal Waldron, John Hicks, Randy Weston and most frequently Dave Burrell, while Takase's partners encompass Rudi Mahall, Silke Eberhard, Louis Sclavis and Daniele ...

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Marco von Orelli - Max E. Keller - Sheldon Suter: Blow, Strike & Touch

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The members of this experimental Swiss trio have been significant contributors to the avant-garde, or perhaps outside realm of European jazz circles for many years. But this album is bundled with perpetual reconstruction efforts, drifting sequences and mini-themes that are sometimes meditative in scope amid several transient pieces that intersect the full-length works. Nonetheless, the musicians craft an intimate portraiture framed on textural shadings, trumpeter Marco von Orelli's multiphonics and segments where pianist Max E. Keller summons darkness via asymmetrical ...

Dr. Cornel West: A Real-Life Superhero

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This column focuses on the lives of people searching for and finding a human connection inspired by the life and music of the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. Trane was a spiritual, gifted jazz musician dedicated to loving people through his heart which exquisitely came out of his instrument. I have come to discover that there are presently many people who are influenced by him even decades after his passing. This column will make an attempt at answering the question: “How ...

BLUES DELUXE

Autumn 2017

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Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the aforementioned genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Dennis Johnson Rhythmland Root Tone Records 2017 A complete musician to be sure, Johnson isn't so enamored of his technique that the plays on words in titles of his previous records deny the ...

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Nika Project: Elusive

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When Veronika Griesslehner opens her mouth, you can hear an impressive weight of experience to go with such a young voice. She doesn't try or claim to approach the worldly depths of an Ella Fitzgerald or a Nina Simone and doesn't have to--the similarities in sound here are impressionistic rather than imitative, but those classic divas have given her a few good cues nonetheless. Griesslehner's writing style hints at the old-fashioned swing of the Great American Songbook with a contemporary ...


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