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Garana Jazz Festival 2017

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Garana Jazz Festival Garana, Romania July 6-9, 2017 Running from the 6-9th of July, the 21st edition of the Garana Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descending on its location near the Garana village, high in the Semenic Mountains, Romania. Obviously, the artistic credibility and the creative energy were the hallmarks of this year's edition as the festival boasted enormous audience attendance during the four days. This year the festival presented a wide spectrum ...

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Stuttgart Jazz Open 2017

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Over the course of ten days, the Stuttgart Jazz Open (SJO) played host to 40 performances across six venues, in and across greater Stuttgart. An outstanding cast of performers from the likes of Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter, Lee Ritenour, to the young and talented Isabella Lundgren, recognized by the Swedish Daily News as “one of the greatest things that the Swedish jazz scene has ever happened" and the likes of Kamasi Washington, this ...

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Brian McCarthy Nonet: The Better Angels of Our Nature

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Brian McCarthy's The Better Angels of Our Nature shares some common ground with Ted Nash whose Big Band collection Presidential Suite (Eight Variations on Freedom) (Motema Music, 2016) explored musical interpretations of great historical speeches including those of John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson. McCarthy's focus is inspirited by American Civil War and the political and socio-economic issues that are not as far behind us as we would like to think.A well ...

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Sergio Pamies: What Brought You Here?

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On his third release as a leader, pianist Sergio Pamies continues his project of uniting the musical languages of jazz and the flamenco tradition of his native Spain. While his previous release from 2011, Borrachito, had a somewhat stronger emphasis on the latter, on his current record it's mainstream jazz that is the central focus, albeit with some overt gestures reflecting Pamies's Spanish roots as a musician and composer. Pamies's engagement with the jazz tradition is evident both ...

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Motif: My Head Is Listening

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Formed in 1998, Norwegian sextet Motif celebrates its sixth release with My Head Is Listening and its second on Clean Feed following Art Transplant (2011). Bassist Ole Morten Vågan, who co-founded the outfit with reedman Atle Nymo, is once again responsible for all seven compositions. As well as Motif, he boasts some heavyweight credits with Joshua Redman, Chick Corea and Kris Davis, and testament to his organizational skills, has also been appointed Artistic Director of the renowned Trondheim Jazz Orchestra ...

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Charles Lloyd: Passin' Thru

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Billed as a ten-year celebration of Lloyd's New Quartet featuring Eric Harland, Reuben Rogers and Jason Moran, this 2016 live set actually marked the quartet's first extended tour in over three years and its first release since the extraordinary Athens Concert (ECM, 2011) -an indication of the difficulties of keeping together a working group of contemporary stars. Inevitably perhaps, this set draws heavily from Lloyd's lovingly dog-eared songbook, yet an exercise in nostalgia, this is not. The ...

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Kadi Vija: Ugly Beauty

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Kadi Vija has a long history in vocal jazz improvisation and defines herself primarily as a vocal instrumentalist. Vija's music explores sounds from modernism, jazz and electronics, as well as a deep fascination with rhythmic variety. Her work at prestigious institutions such as the Berklee College of Music, Conservatory van Amsterdam and Sibelius Academy has built her status as a current modernist, open to jazz history. This release, called Ugly Beauty, sees Vija collaborating with pianist Lucas Dann ...

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Miles Davis Quintet: Relaxin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet

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Relaxin' With the Miles Davis Quintet was the second of four releases resulting from Davis' famous May and October 1956 marathon sessions. The other three recordings were Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1957), Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1959), and Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1961). All of the music from these sessions would eventually collected and released on The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions (2006). Chronologically, Relaxin' shows up between Bag's Groove (Prestige, 1957) and Miles Davis ...

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WVC: Do Not Go Gently

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WVC has, over the course of five albums, earned a reputation as one of the finest jazz ensembles in Malaysia, since it was founded by pianist/composer Tay Cher Siang in 2006. Since Waiting For That Day (Self Produced, 2014), WVC has been busy; a twenty-three date, nineteen-city tour of China, Macua and Thailand was followed by further gigs in Malaysia, Singapore and Borneo. Not for nothing does the music on Do Not Go Gently exhibit the energy and spontaneous feel ...


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