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

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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 excellent, professionally trained, jazz musicians all over Europe (as everywhere else in the world), ranging from the more mainstream boppers to the most radical ...

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Jazz em Agosto 2017

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Jazz em Agosto Lisbon, Portugal July 28-August 6, 2017 Where to start with my description of the Jazz em Agosto experience? The gorgeous setting of the amphitheater in the garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Fundac√£o Calouste Gulbenkian) in central Lisbon? The musical highlights of the fourteen concerts over ten days? The many amazingly creative and sympatico people I met? The beauty of the city of Lisbon and its people? Whatever--we'll get to all ...

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Albert Mangelsdorff: Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends

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The afterlife for Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer's storied MPS Records has been tough to track. After Brunner-Schwer sold the rights to Philips in the early '80s, the label changed hands several times--Polydor picked it up and passed it through a subsidiary, Universal Music Group acquired its holdings, Speakers Corner Records took over on the vinyl side of the equation, and then Edel AG finally acquired it in 2014. Now, in an effort to make the most out of this German imprint's ...

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Dave Gold: Heaven On Their Minds

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Dave Gold may not have the big-name bandleader or arranger status of Buddy Rich or Nelson Riddle, but Heaven On Their Minds shows that his own talents, and those of his Big Band compatriots, are no less for this lack of recognition. In fact, Gold's successes were often under the radar--as a composer and arranger of library music for labels such as KPM, which provided theme tunes and incidental music for some of the most popular TV shows in the ...

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Tom Millar Quartet: Unnatural Events

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Born in Sydney, pianist, composer and bandleader Tom Millar grew up in London where he still resides. After reading Music at King's College, Cambridge, he studied Jazz Piano and Composition for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music and later with Django Bates in Bern, Switzerland. The brisk “Azur Days" opens Unnatural Events with guitarist Alex Munk soloing first with his trademark crystal clear tone, swiftly followed by Millar's spritely piano work. “The Seafarer," the album's longest ...

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Dial & Oatts/Rich DeRosa/The WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington

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After sitting on his archival collection of rare Duke Ellington music for close to forty years, pianist Garry Dial decided it was time the music was heard. Connecting with his musical partner, and prominent reedman Dick Oatts, they contacted WDR Big Band conductor and arranger Rich DeRosa, and the Rediscovered Ellington project, was launched. Traveling to the WDR home base of Cologne, Germany, where DeRosa was awaiting, the three of them remodeled the music into a cohesive presentation ...

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Paul Jones: Clean

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When saxophonist Paul Jones delivered his literature-indebted debut--Short History (Blujazz Productions, 2014)--it marked him as an intellectually curious seeker, eager and willing to walk a different path. With Clean he goes even further afield, utilizing minimalistic ideals, mathematically-oriented compositional methodology, post-millenial hip hop influences, and jazz language to create a whole that's wholly different from anything out there. It's a giant leap forward in terms of artistry and concept. Jones spent the early part of 2016 at ...

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Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh: Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations

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In spite of of his achievement, early on, of having attained the status of top tier jazz pianist, Denny Zeitlin has always wanted to expand his artistry beyond the confines of the trio format where he made his name. Call it artistic restlessness. His first release came in 1964, the Columbia Records date, Cathexis, an acoustic trio affair followed by three more of the same on Columbia. All well received. But something must have been missing. In 1973, ...


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