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Oct
14
2018

Stefano Bollani

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QUE BOM (Alobar/Planet) 8/10 More than most idioms Brazilian music has a way of sucking non-Brazilian musicians into its rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and textural vortices – aided by the dominant mood being irrepressible optimism. Once it really gets under their skin they tend to be lost causes. When it comes to the prime purveyors of […]

Oct
2
2018

Gregory Generet/Richard Johnson

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2 OF A KIND (Afar Music) 7/10 It’s the quality of the voice that makes you do a double-take. Gregory Generet is blessed with a baritone of such lusciousness as has rarely been heard in jazz (aside from Andy Bey), making for a distinctive tension between sound and material. But it only takes the opener, […]

Sep
29
2018

Dave Holland

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UNCHARTED TERRITORIES (Dare2/Redeye/Planet) 9/10 They recorded this 50 years after first playing together. Meanwhile Evan Parker had become one of the key post-Coltrane tenor saxophonists, and Dave Holland one of the world’s most revered bassists. The two Britons also epitomised the increasingly pivotal role played by non-Americans in expanding the language of jazz. Completing this […]