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Franco Ambrosetti Quintet: Long Waves (Unit)

How’s this for a jazz bio: For almost 60 years Franco Ambrosetti has been an active, respected trumpet player on the European scene. For 30 of those years he also ran Ambrosetti Industrial Group, as CEO and eventually chairman. (The company manufactured steel wheels for vehicles and landing gear for airplanes.) He has recorded 28 … Read More “Franco Ambrosetti Quintet: Long Waves (Unit)”

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Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (ECM)

Keith Jarrett’s output of extraordinary piano music has slowed in recent years, but ECM has kept the Jarrett titles coming by accessing previously unreleased older material. In 2016 the label issued the four-CD set A Multitude of Angels, solo performances from 1996. Now there is After the Fall, a trio concert from 1998, on two … Read More “Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (ECM)”

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Anouar Brahem/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette/Django Bates: Blue Maqams (ECM)

Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem performs for a jazz audience (and frequently works with pianist François Couturier). But his previous music is neither jazzy nor collaborative; he’s a solo artist, his sidemen sympathetic but unquestionably subordinate. No more. The stunning Blue Maqams groups Brahem with a full jazz rhythm section. Though he remains the leader, … Read More “Anouar Brahem/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette/Django Bates: Blue Maqams (ECM)”

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Bill Evans: Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (Resonance)

With so many previously unissued trio recordings by Bill Evans crowding shelves and “the cloud,” it’s fair to ask whether another archival discovery adds anything of real significance to the piano icon’s legacy—particularly since the latest, Another Time: The Hilversum Concert, comes on the heels of two other Resonance sets from 1968, Live at Art … Read More “Bill Evans: Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (Resonance)”

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Concert Review: 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival

Running from June 28 to July 8, with over two-thirds of its 500-plus concerts taking place on several outdoor stages and free to the public, the 38th edition of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal was loaded with high-voltage star power and creative energy, presenting jazz in all its forms (and everything else from pop … Read More “Concert Review: 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival”

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Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison: In Movement (ECM)

Talk about having the weight of history on your back: For the first time on disc, the sons of one half of jazz’s all-time greatest quartet are teaming up with a master drummer who collaborated with both of their fathers. To everyone’s credit, they tackle the legacy issue head-on, opening with a spacious version of … Read More “Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison: In Movement (ECM)”

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