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Concord Music acquires Savoy label Group.
In 1999 Concord Records was purchased by a consortium...
Featured Gig | Kenneth Dahl Knudsen – Tété, Utzon Center Aalborg, Denmark
Featured Image: Dave Beecroft. In the press release for...
Craig Handy with Jonathan Gee Trio | UK Tour Dates
For the past several years, Handy has recorded or...
HUDSON | Jazz Super-band of 2017
They chose the name “HUDSON” because they all call...
Michael Brecker’s son launches bone marrow donor drive.
Sam Brecker, 24, is a three-year veteran of the...
Moncho Rios – ‘Just Feeling’ – CD Review by Nigel J.
Moncho must have wondered who this guy was asking...
New John Coltrane Mural rises in Philadelphia.
In 2014 Lewis’s mural was destroyed to make way...
Sex & Free Jazz – Sex Mob on Tour in London & Europe 2017
Past tours in Europe emphasised compositions by iconic composers...
UK Parliamentary Jazz Award nominees announced.
The group consists of over a hundred members drawn...
Air Artist Agency launch “LetterOne ‘Rising Stars’ Jazz Award”
Providing those opportunities, commitment, expertise and support to make...
Jazz, made in Italy – Anna Harwell Celenza’s superb new book!
Sometimes, I make it a point to go straight...
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, by Nina Simone
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair...
Featured Gig | Ola Onabule, Internationales Jazzfestival Leibnitz
Since the release of his current album, “It’s The...
Julian Costello Quartet ~ ‘Transitions’ ~ CD Review by Sammy Stein
Waves’ opens the CD and starts with a gentle,...
Featured Gig | Christian McBride, A-Trane Berlin
Join Christian to experience New Jawn, which, translated from...
s’wonderful Ella Fitzgerald Live in Amsterdam 1957 & 1960 Reviewed by Peter Beije
The Dutch Jazz Archive celebrates the hundredth year of...
Bill Evans Trio | Another Time, The Hilversum Concert.
A performance on the 1968 European tour at the...
Cameron Vale’s CD ‘Jouska’ Reviewed by Sammy Stein
The band are named after the protagonist from an...
Trio Soundscapism – EP Review by Erminia Yardley
Alex Ho on piano and Tsang Tak Hong on...
Almeida | Duynhoven | Klein to open 2017-18 season at the Bimhuis
Opening the 2017-18 season is Almeida / Duynhoven /...
Gilad Atzmon – The Spirit of Trane – CD Review by Sammy Stein
This CD is a spiritual journey along with Coltrane,...
Featured Gig | Jim Mullen Organ Trio, 606 Jazz Club
The popularity of the Club among musicians led to...
New Release | Dial & Oatts Rich DeRosa & The WDR Big Band
In the liner notes to the album the three...
Garth Knox & the Saltarello Trio – Plays…
Garth Knox, a renowned Irish-born violist and composer for...
Turkish Mambo, by Lennie Tristano
In 1955, when Lennie Tristano overdubbed multiple piano parts...
CD Review ~ “Möbius Strip” by Möbius Strip
On listening to the debut album that takes its...
CD Review | Christian Sands “Reach”
Christian Sands, although still young has already built a...
Oscar Peterson Trio | Live in Finland 1965
In 1958 Herb Ellis left the trio and was...
Ray Charles last Raelette ~ Andromeda Turre ~ New live EP
After studying at Berklee College of Music and The...
Mark Guiliana Impresses at Jazz Middelheim 2017
Editor’s note: Read Peter Beije’s daily roundup overview of...
Itamar Borochov Quartet open the See More Jazz Fest. Rostock (Germany)
Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochov’s search for...
Art Pepper West Coast Sessions Volumes 2 & 3
Volume 3 was originally issued as High Jingo by...
Herbie Hancock embarks on U.S. leg of his 2017 World Tour.
Featured Image: Douglas Kirkland Herbie Hancock launched the US leg...
Mads Mathias | A Modern Day Crooner
We started our conversation speaking about his 2012 album...
Joshua Redman to open Oslo Jazz Festival
This year the festival management have extended the festival...
Chuck Loeb dies age 61.
To mark the passing of Chuck Loeb, Jazz Times...
Chasing Trane ~ The New John Coltrane Documentary
Trane is and always will be a hero of...
THE NJE ~ AFLOAT ~ CD review by Sammy Stein
Terry plays trumpet, flugelhorn, saxes, guitar and keys and...
Three Views of a Secret, a portrait of Jaco Pastorius
Zawinul listened to the song and told Pastorius: “That...
Esperanza Spalding Appointed to Harvard’s Music Department Faculty
Four-time Grammy award-winner, jazz bassist, singer-songwriter, lyricist, humanitarian activist,...
Mads Mathias Returns to the UK for BBC Proms appearance
Mathias returns to the UK after sold-out shows last...
Victoria Kaunova, Ilya Morozov Sextet – The First
The album features nine tracks, some standards including an...
Bill Evans | An insight into a Genius.
Between 1966 and 1968 Evans worked with a wide...
All That’s Jazz ~ New book by Sammy Stein ~ a Senior writer for Jazz in Europe
Editor’s note:  Sammy Stein is a tireless supporter and...
Herbie Hancock, Craig Taborn & Kamasi Washington shine at Gent Jazz 2017
Day 1 (6 July) Firstly, It’s a rather strange...
Tina May ~ Cafe Paranoia~ CD review by Sammy Stein
Murphy wrote some pretty off the wall lyrics and...
Remembering Coltrane on the 50th anniversary of his death
At the time of Coltrane’s death I was 7...
Maciej Fortuna Trio live review, July 11th, 2017 ~ A Trumpeter Plus
With a low-key presence on stage, there is the...
Muse Records founder Joe Fields Dies at 88
Joe Fields, a driving force in the jazz music...
CD Review | Tom Haines & The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra “Live”
The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2014 by...
Blues guitarist Nathan James coming to the Netherlands.
When you first meet Nathan James, you know immediately...
Jazz Middelheim 2017 offers Antwerp sixteen top concerts including Van Morrison
The 36th edition of Jazz Middelheim will be held...
Mark Latimer ~ White Sun ~ CD review by Sammy Stein
The first is produced from live recordings at St...
Moving and groovin’ ~ a great performance by super-hero George Benson
Simon Cook, managing director at Ronnie’s, introduces Benson for...
Woody Allen ~ a legend in cinematographic plays Jazz @ The Royal Albert Hall
His band, The New Orleans Band, are with him...
Stanley Clarke – European Tour Dates
Stanley Clarke (Philadelphia, 1951) is for the bass guitar...
Sony Music to restart vinyl production in Japan.
Until now the production of vinyl has been mostly...
Robert Mitchell | A Vigil For Justice, A Vigil For Peace
On his website Mitchell states that the original poetry...
Pianist Geri Allen dies age 60
Ms. Allen, a Detroit native, began taking piano and...
Alan Broadbent releases his Developing Story…
“Developing Story” is a dream come true album for...
Fiona Ross ~ CD Review: Just Me (and sometimes someone else)
‘Just me (and sometimes someone else’ comes as a...
Get Totally Jazzed @ Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2017
For over three decades, Vancouver’s signature festival has brought...
Valencia Jazz Festival 2017 – Fun in the Sun
Jazz is rich and diverse; it’s a language that...
An adventure in jazz ~ post review by Sammy Stein
I have to begin by saying the support from...
Mijke Loeven New Director of the Bimhuis
Van Riel has been an inspirational leader at the...
Bohemia Jazz Fest July 10~18th, 2017
Jazz fans in the Czech Republic look forward every...
Avishai Cohen ~ CD Review ~ Cross My Palm With Silver
The only thing that disappoints me is the playing...
Miles Davis Quintet | It Never Entered My Mind!
The early albums Miles released under Prestige included many...
Featured Gig | Kurt Rosenwinkel – Lantaren Venster Rotterdam
The guitarist from Philadelphia returns to Lantaren Venster in...
Daniel Rosenboom’s CD ‘Reclamation’ Reviewed by Sammy Stein
He has released several albums and in 2015 launched...
CD Review | Libor Šmoldas Organ Trio | Lay It Down
On some tracks, Šmoldas has also taken his cues...
Gloria’s Step~Bill Evans Trio
With that in mind, many Jazz enthusiasts will recommend...
Binker & Moses Latest CD – reviewed by Sammy Stein
Binker Golding studied jazz at Middlesex University and completed...
Ola Onabulé | New Video + USA & European Tour Dates 2017
1)  Ola will appear in the US for three...
ZeelandJazz 09-18 June, 2017
After years of absence, Lew Tabackin returns to Terneuzen....
Jazz @ Prague Proms 2017
On Friday, June 23, the Italian guitarist Rocco Zifarelli...
The London Jazz Platform is a new event for London…
Reviewer and author Sammy Stein is curating a one...
Jo Beyer’s new CD ‘JO’ reviewed by Sammy Stein
Here he plays alongside Saxophonist Sven Decker who has...
“Master Drummer, Tony Allen, at his best!”
Highlighting this EP which acts as a preview for...
CD Review | Kristin Korb – Beyond the Moon
On her website Kristin states “(The Album) includes several...
Thelonious Monk Festival – New York, June 1 – 4
This June, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents a majestic...
Nicoletta Tari – a Sammy Stein Interview
Nicoletta was born in Sicily and moved to Urdine...
The Donny McCaslin Group – Honour David Bowie
Donny McCaslin is touring his newest album “Beyond Now”...
“Warriors of Jazz”
The line up was spectacular and deserves all the...
Carla Bley, Steve Swallow & Andy Sheppard |EU tour dates…
Carla (born as Lovella May Borg in 1936) came...
Paola Vera – How to survive jazzahead!
Faced with the feat of having to talk to...
What’s New, by Helen Merrill
Many great singers like Peggy Lee and Nat King...
Hard to Categorize The Necks | EU tour dates for early May 2017
The Necks were formed in 1987, and besides Tony...
“Flow London” – EP – Tjoe Man Cheung
I subsequently listened to “Flow London”, Tjoe’s second self-release...
Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter, & more headline at Gent Jazz Festival 2017
Norah Jones released late last year the CD Day...
See you @ jazzahead!
I hope to have some One-on- one time with...
In Depth CD Review of Trialogue by the Marco Marconi Trio
I reviewed Marco’s last album, Nordik (33JazzRecords 2015) and...
Avishai Cohen (the trumpeter) Best With Fine Wine & Tour Dates
All fine trumpeters are going to be influenced by...
Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
Recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz...
“Swing in the name of perfection”
The band plays live like there is no tomorrow:...
Honoring Abbey Lincoln – a Woman of Love & Protest
Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) was a prominent American jazz vocalist...
Uli Beckerhoff, Artistic Director of jazzahead! – Shares some key benefits of attending in 2017
Listen in on part 2 of my informative podcast...
5 Questions to Georgia Mancio, asked by Erminia Yardley
1.  The Mancio/ Broadbent co-operation has shown itself to be...
Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent @ Ronnie Scott’s – “Songbook”: the album launch
Georgia Mancio steps on stage with a beautifully elegant...
David Helbock Trio | Tapping into Austrian Soul Jazz | Review & Tour Dates
But European jazz pianists taking on the Classical masters...
“When Soweto came to Ronnies”
Performing from his latest album, Nonagram, and together with...
The Inimitable Uli Beckerhoff – Part 1
When presented with the gift of spending one-to-one time...
‘Hank Mobley in Holland’ is a nice new chapter in Dutch jazz history.
He had his first gigs in The Netherlands and...
Oran Etkin Trio at Jazz Dock, Mladi Ladi Jazz Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
During the first two weeks of April, the multifaceted...
Master Musicians of Joujouka led by Bachir Attar | European Tour April 2017
Here’s some supporting background on the well-known musicians and...
“Charlie Parker is alive and well”
Uhm, how those words ring true!  With arrangements by...
Native French, Gabrielle Ducomble | La Chateuse délicieuse
As part of the “French Fest” at Zédel, the...
jazzahead! 2017 April 27-30 U.S. Jazz Industry
Jeff Levenson is a highly respected voice in the ongoing...
Chris Standring and Mica Paris Concert Review
His attire, a very relaxed one with flares and...
Dot Time Records Launches Louis Armstrong Legacy Series.
By: Peter McLaren | Photos Courtesy of the Louis...
Paul Jost at Cornelia Street Café
On the first Tuesday of every month, the iconic...
Logan Richardson | On Blue Note | Late March EU Tour Dates
So it is always with much anticipation and high...
Carlo Muscat | CD Review | “explorations”
His first album ‘The Sound Catalogues Vol.1 – Extraordinary...
Typhanie Monique ‘Call It Magic’ CD Release Show Old Town School of Music Chicago, IL.
Typhanie Monique is a skilled performer. This was on...
Hazmat Modine – A Weird American Post-Modern Blues & World Music Fusion Experience
Tom Waits at his roots has the same offbeat...
Louis Hayes @ Ronnies – An 80th birthday celebration gig!
In the words of Jeremy Pelt, trumpet player, entertainer...
CD Review | “Bomb” by Blurt
Ted Milton – poet, puppeteer and musician – founded...
The Alex Skolnick Trio | Europe Unbound Tour (presented by Guitar Magazine) in March.
Alex Skolnick is the veteran guitarist of Testament, a...
An Evening with Ola Onabule…RAW
Text: Lori I. Huutie | Photos: Rolf Schoellkopf On a...
SAVE & WIN a Jazz Weekend Getaway in Andalucia, Spain courtesy of JazzinEurope
Well, Jazz in Europe and Club Jazz @ Casa...
Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation partners with Dot Time Records
Dot Time Records is proud to announce its license...
Zhenya Strigalev’s Never Group on its Seemingly Never-Ending Tour
The Never Group album begins with an odd introduction...
The Eternity of Dexter Gordon | Dexternity CD Review
Dexter Gordon was born on 27 February 1923. He...
Jazz Guitarist Chris Standring ~ A Live London Recording Session with special guest artist Mica Paris
1) Chris, at the end of this month, we...
New Video Premiere February 18. Exclusively at All About Jazz!
“I feel it is my responsibility as an artist...
Meddy Gerville, Tropical Rain – CD Review
During his career Meddy has built an impressive discography...
Daniel Zimmermann | CD Review – Montagnes Russes
‘Au temps Otant’ opens the CD and is just...
Paola Vera – Addicted to My Love – Jazz groove for Valentine’s day and beyond…
Paola’s music blends her passion for Jazz with a...
Made In New York Jazz Announces Competition Winners
Judges and committee members worked hard through the holiday...
Star Names For Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017
“One of the UK’s classiest and most eclectic jazz...
Grammy Nominated Ben Wendel – Jazz Torn between Two Coasts: Brooklyn & La-la Land
Meanwhile, another saxophonist and composer, born on the West...
Konstrukt – Molto Bene – CD Review
‘Mercan’ strikes up an atmosphere at the top of...
AKI RISSANEN – Winner of the Best Jazz Album @ Emma Awards
Listen to Amorandom and follow on Spotify Buy CD Listen to Aki talk about...
Jacqui Dankworth presents |“Shakespeare and all that Jazz” | special guest: Simon Callow
A graceful and feline Jacqui Dankworth steps on stage...
North Sea jazz 2017 | Top Global Artist Confirmed
“This is one of the greatest events in music…in...
Violinist Tim Kliphuis: ‘Jazz musicians should think out of the box more’
The Tim Kliphuis Trio is combustion of talent. The...
West Of The World – Debut CD Review
Ashley visited West Africa in 2013 and it proved...
Curtis Stigers – the perfect crooner
“Let it snow” opens the show and at the...
Carl Hyde’s world of fantastical photos…
This guy has done well: truck-loads of passion, a...
We free queens (Rhoda Scott Lady Quartet)
The opening track is ‘We Free Queens’, which harmonic,...
Changes “1983” | CD Review
By Peter McLaren | Sidebar photo’s by Zbigniew Lewandowski...
Dinosaur – Chamber Jazz From Another World
Their second release on Chaos Collective, “Human Spirit” (2015)...
London Jazz Platform 2017 – Ten Artists and Counting!
Writer Sammy Stein was recently on the influential Jazz...
Mike Casey | ‘The Sound Of Surprise: Live at The Side Door’
‘Hydraulics’ opens the CD with a strong, stomping drums...
Bobby Selvaggio – Quantum Man
Over the last few years, there have been a...
Gigi – “Invisible Ink” – Ltd. edition LP
After an incredible reception and success of the EP...
Jochen Rueckert Quartet – the “Charm Offensive” Tour
Rueckert’s debut album “Introduction” was released in 1998, and...
Threestyle | Road to Monterey | 4 weeks at No.1
Road To Monterey is the new single from chart-topping,...
Book review | ‘Graphic Works 1959-2016′ | Peter Brotzmann
Because he is both – Peter Brotzmann is a...
CD Review – Dave Liebman – Is seeing believing?
Each tune in this quintet’s project has the capacity...
Shirley Horn – “Here’s to Life, Here’s to Love, Here’s to You for 2017
I celebrate that song with you at the close...
Finally a worthy tribute to Don Byas in The Netherlands
Don Byas lived the last seventeen years of his...
Esteban Alvarez | ‘Tico Groove’
Esteban was first nominated as a “Steinway Artist” back...
Wanderlust by Mike Adcock | CD Review
Wanderlust features eight of Mike’s compositions and an arrangement...
jazzahead! 2017 showcase programme announced.
The four multinational juries, which select the showcase programme...
CD Review of Duncan Lamont’s – As if by Magic
Mr Benn, as some will know, is a bowler-hatted...
Ola Onabule 2016 London Concert Review
I have been blessed to have enjoyed such moments...
Marcus Strickland – London Concert Review – “Intense and beautiful”
There was a hush in the air on the...
Brazilian Bossa Nova Rosa Passos featuring Kenny Barron
Passos has been anointed the “female João Gilberto,” but...
Jason Lindner’s Now vs. Now
In an interview for Rolling Stone, in December 2015,...
“A Sardinian extravaganza” Filomena Campus
As part of the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival,...
jazzahead! announces 2017 Gala Concert
By: Nigel J. Farmer | Photos (c) Oliver Reetz...
Rob van Bavel and son Sebastiaan keep on exploring jazz
Rob graduated in 1987 at the Rotterdam Conservatory with...
CD Review | Arctic Blues Release November 25 – 2016
Now seeing as Eero was one of the original...
Featured Gig | Ola Onabule
Ola Onabule’s distinct and highly identifiable style unites jazz,...
Ahmad Jamal – One of A Kind
Ahmad Jamal has a certain magic in his playing...
Featured Gig | Maciek Pysz – London Jazz Festival
Maciek Pysz is a guitarist and composer known for...
Angus Bayley CD Review and Q&A.
The album opens with “Alex’s song” which flows so...
Alex Jønsson | release Nov 25
To put full context to Alex and his music,...
A French Jazz Shaman is Freed
The French saxophonist Guillaume Perret (born 1980 in Annecy)...
10 X Grammy Award Winner – Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri who is known for his banging, percussive...
Amit Friedman, – Long Way To Go
The Album opens with the title track “Long Way...
CD Review | Soweto Kinch | Nonagram
He straddles different worlds in his roles as musician,...
Mother Africa – Magic in Manhattan
The rhythmic and romantic music of Africa makes its...
SUPERSILENT – a so-called Death Jazz trio
Since at least the mid 90s, with the rise...
CD Review – Sara Dowling “From Shadows into Light”
Apart from singing beautifully on the album, Sara Dowling...
Keeping Spiritual and Psychedelic Jazz Alive
They are coming back to Europe this November to...
Jimmy Heath: Life of a Legend
“As an alto player I had been given the...
Jazzahead! 2017: Deadline for Showcases.
Applications to be considered for a showcase performance at...
Phos Duo | CD Review by Sammy Stein
Since they formed Phos in 2008 out of a...
Bugge Wesseltoft’s New Conception of Jazz – 2016 Edition
In other words, Bugge Wesseltoft (born 1964) is a...
George Wein -The Life of a Legend
Wein a pianist, was joined by the Newport All...
Pimping the jazz fantastic…
Let’s do some math: five very “hyper” musicians, one...
Lars Fiil | CD Review from Sammy Stein
‘Why Search For Common Ground ‘ opens the CD...
Jazz Goes to Town in Hradec Kralove, East Bohemia
On Tuesday, Oct. 18th, the opening night’s headliner at...
Monty Alexander & Friends: Sinatra at 100
Frank Sinatra was born December 12, 1915.  One hundred...
Paul Jost | Re-imagining Bruce Springsteen
Michael Kline, who founded and produces the Exit Zero...
Nils Petter Molvaer—a true jazz explorer from the North
Molvaer’s newest recording “Buoyancy” was recorded and released in...
Joe Smith and The Spicy Pickles | CD Review.
The Spicy Pickles have re-introduced swing and big band...
Kenny Garrett Interview
“Marcus Belgrave still makes it possible for musicians like...
Swing in Breda
Jan Learbuch is one of those people in the...
John Scofield ponders
Mainly, I’ve been a big fan of his music...
Magnus Öström – Has Landed Safely
On his debut release, “Thread of Life” (2012), the...
Kosi | CD Review
It opens with an introduction to Cohen’s Introduction (Hallelujah)...
Binker & Moses interview – The super London duo!
On the last day of the Love Supreme Festival,...
Ola Onabulé | Podcast Interview
Ola is a meaningful musical artist, warm-hearted and gracious....
CD Review | Ben Webster meets Piet Noordijk – Johnny Come Lately
Shortly after his death, an LP was published with...
Mars Williams & Switchback
The Chicago-based free jazz saxophonist Mars Williams may be...
Zurich Jazz Festival “jazznojazz” | Exciting mix of urban jazz, soul and fusion
Sponsored by the Zurich Cantonal Bank and co-sponsor, Migros...
Maria Schneider – Two 2016 Grammy Awards
Born November 27, 1960 in Windom, Minnesota, Maria Schneider...
Harmonica Titan Toots Thielemans dies at 94
Thielemans was pre-eminently a jazz musician — and he...
Roundup – Jazz Middelheim 2016
Astonishing Artist in residence this year was the Israeli...
Interview with Alan Gorrie – Average White Band
EY -  A band who defies longevity, I asked...
CD Review – Suite Três Rios
With parents who are Portuguese and Italian, his cultural...
Chuck Israels | 80 years and going strong.
Chuck Israels was born on the 10th of August...
George DeLancey – Self-Titled Debut CD
NYC Release Gig: September 28- Smalls Jazz Club Straight Ahead...
Theo Jackson makes his American debut at Washington’s Kennedy Center.
Pianist/Vocalist Theo Jackson has a number of high profile...
Ray Gelato interview
There was glorious weather for all, people, musicians, agents,...
Lost recording’s from Joe Bushkin, Buck Clayton, Milt Hinton & “Papa” Jo Jones
Joe Bushkin, the leader, was a gifted pianist who...
ASHLEY KAHN RETURNS TO MIDDELHEIM
MORE INTERESTING JAZZ TALKS TO COME! Last year Ashley...
CD Review – Nina Baun
Straight from the horse’s mouth herself – the album...
Latin Jazz Bassist Honors Tito Puente +
Henriquez has performed with Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Eddie...
Femi Temowo interview
Nigerian born, London based, Femi is a striking guitarist...
CD Review – Benet McLean
In his early 20s he began playing keyboards in...
Wayne Shorter, Living Legend By Scott H. Thompson
Wynton Marsalis points out that Mr. Shorter has a...
FESTIVAL FLASHES GENT JAZZ 2016 – PART TWO
The second part of the festival began Thursday, July...
Featured Gig | Shez Raja with Soweto Kinch | Hideaway London – 22 July
“Entertainment was always on the cards at the Gurutopia...
Ibrahim Maalouf interview with Erminia Yardley
Erminia Yardley and Carl Hyde attended this years Love...
The Love Supreme Festival Report by Erminia Yardley
So here follows my réportage of one of the...
Festival Flashes Gent Jazz 2016 (part one)
NO SIGNATURE Terence Blanchard provided the opening concert. He...
Antwerp to celebrate 35th edition of Jazz Middelheim
The jazz festival begins Friday, August 12. That day...
FESTIVAL FLASHES ZEELANDJAZZ (part two)
The boat trip was intended as a connection between...
Bohemia Jazz Fest 2016
By:Tony Ozuna And this year is no exception. “Charles...
FESTIVAL FLASHES ZEELANDJAZZ (part one)
The Festival Orchestra played for the first time in...
Concert Review | The Hot Sardines – Ronnie Scott’s
By: Erminia Yardley | Photo’s Carl Hyde Uhm, that’s an incredible amount...
Prague Proms—a summer mix of Jazz, Classical, and Film Scores
Prague Proms opens this season, Saturday, June 18th with...
Tomas Doncker interview with Sammy Stein
By: Sammy Stein Tomas was born and bred in...
Maciek Pysz – Podcast Interview
  Maciek Pysz – is now an established musician...
Interview | Martie Rikhof & Claudio Dauelsberg
I felt I need to know more: How does...
Ola Onabule | Love Again
Love Again is the new Single from Ola Onabule’s...
Moon June records celebrates 15th Anniversary
Since the launch of the label MoonJune has built...
Jazzwise appointed Becomes Apple Music Curator
Source:  Jazzwise Magazine Jazzwise is now an official curator on...
CD Review | Event Horizon, Mark Wade
Text by: Sammy Stein | Photos by: Jesse Winter...
Electric Swing Circus
“Swingamajig was awesome!,” says Tom Hyland, the guitarist of...
Exclusive preview | Daniel Bennett Group, Sinking Houseboat Confusion.
They describe their music as, ‘quirky, modern jazz fused...
St Germain Completes Line-Up For Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2016
The latest addition to the bill is acclaimed jazz-house producer...
What every aspiring music artist should consider embracing.
A recent article from Mark Stryker, staff writer for...
CD Review | Valentine’s Eve, Kitty La Roar
By: Sammy Stein | Photo’s courtesy of Artist Available: Amazon | iTunes...
Deborah J. Carter & Millennium Jazz Orchestra headline Hengelo Big Band Festival
On 15 may the 3rd annual Big Band Festival...
Catching up with Greg Osby
This saxophonist has established himself as an influential professional...
Concert Review | Jazzahead Showcases and Clubnight.
After making my rounds at the exhibition, I headed...
CD Review | Elliot Galvin Trio, Punch
‘Punch and Judy’ opens the album and, maybe as...
Two famous Belgian jazz festivals celebrate their birthday in New York
This year two the most eminent jazz festivals in...
Kurt Rosenwinkel and his new project with Tim Motzer, Bandit 65
Bandit 65 is a collaboration with the guitarist Tim...
Two jazz festivals in Zeeland join forces
By Peter Beije | Featured Image: Roberto Cifarilli The...
The Hague International Jazz Days brings live jazz to Bijenkorf The Hague!
The first 100 customers can buy The Hague International...
JAZZAHEAD! TURNS BREMEN INTO A JAZZ METROPOLIS
The 11th  jazzahead! was opened early this evening in...
Tom Ibarra Podcast Interview
Recently I came across a young great sounding jazz...
Featured Gig | Shez Raja – 606 Jazz Club London
The 606 gig is the official launch of Shez...
CD Review | Magnus Thuelund “First Song”
Thuelund, a former resident of New York and now...
Simona Parrinello launches new CD in Milan
Con Alma was released in February this year and...
Vs Interpretation | A New Festival of Free Improvisation
Kerbaj recorded the 40 minute improvisation and later released...
Chuck Israels | Podcast Interview
The first in the series has Nigel J. spending...
Kris Bowers headlines Teens Tunes (Mladi Ladi) Jazz Festival.
The title of Bower’s new album “Heroes + Misfits”...
CD Review | Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics
At 13, Mac met bandleader and cornet player Merle...
jazzahead! an American perspective
Recently, US Jazz Journalist, Scott Thompson sat down with...
Contemporary Jazz Piano Summit – Prague, April 16
By: Tony Ozuna Although Gerald Clayton has recently been...
Gent Jazz Festival: 28 major concerts in seven days
This July (7th to 16th) 2016, marks the fifteenth  year...
CD Review | Simona Parrinello – Con Alma
The album opens Beatrice, a haunting version of the...
Finnish pianist Joonas Haavisto releases new trio album “Oku”
Haavisto on piano is joined by Antti Lötjönen on bass and Joonas...
Concert Review | Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and the Jazz@Lincoln Centre orchestra
The Barbican Centre, Mr Wynton Marsalis with Mr Wayne...
Cd Review | Avishai Cohen – ‘Into the Silence
Tragedy and drama are often a good breeding ground...
EP Review | Skylark – Kitty La roar (Featuring Nick Shankland)
Kitty uses it as a vocal vehicle on which...
Nigel J. Farmer appointed Editor in Chief of Jazz In Europe
Nigel will take over from Peter McLaren who stepped...
Swing Club Breda – A mix of famous and young talent on the same stage!
Jan Learbuch continues his historical support in boosting the...
JazzAhead announces 2016 showcase program
On 21 April, the showcase program begins with the...
Rony Verbiest honors accordionist Johnny Meijer
By Peter Beije | Photo’s by  Eddy Westveer Johnny...
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Marco Marconi is a pianist whose music expresses influences and deliberate nods to many genres, from classical to jazz to pop with many in between categories known only to Marco and this, from the start gains him points because the appeal of this extraordinary player is broad.  

I reviewed Marco’s last album, Nordik (33JazzRecords 2015) and felt there was something quite special in Marco’s playing. At the time he was not doing anything that different, his delivery was not exceptional, though it was great, and the music was unique in the sense that a lot of players have their own expressions and style. Now, however, something has changed and Marco has taken the delivery of music designed to entertain and intrigue up a gear. With Trialogue, Marco delivers something not only unique but also stunning. I spoke to Marco about the difference between Nordik and Trialogue and he commented, ” Nordik was a really good album, which received many good reviews and sold a good number of copies so I am happy with the result I achieved and obviously every time you do a new album you want to improve compared to the previous one you know? To improve Nordik (I am talking jazz-wise) was very challenging and Trialogue is different. Why? I think this is because in the three years since ‘Nordik’ my brain got many more and different inputs. ” Honestly, I thought Nordik was one of the best piano CDs of that year and I know it got very decent reviews but how do you top Nordik with its soundscapes, paintings in music and subtleties of atmospheric nuances? The answer is currently playing on my CD player – Trialogue.

Trialogue is a surprise from the outset – and a pleasant one at that.  For those familiar with Nordik -  Marco’s outstanding debut  CD for 33Jazz Records, you may remember the music-scribed vistas, sound painted scenes, created atmospheres of bare rock, cold mornings and stunning landscapes etched around musical arrangements interspersed with subtlety and precocious playing. ‘Trialogue’ is a completely different album yet also unique and special in its own way. Carefully considered choices, arrangements designed around the keys and range of the piano, yet generous to the other instruments as well, demonstrating an understanding of the way they add their textures and nuances.  ‘Nordik’ painted using the music as the brushstrokes.  It hinted at and developed atmospheres and gently caressed with subtleties. ‘Trialogue’ is more of a narrative with shouts, whispers, gentle cajoling and a joyful spirit which permeates the entire CD; more of an entire conversation.  It is a CD which holds surprises amongst the gems and has been created by someone who is very happy in his music.

There are some gorgeous bluesy bass waves and shattering drum solos but the whole thing weaves together to create an ear-candy fest and yes, I liked it.

Trialogue means a dialogue between three people, in this case, 3 musicians and a very apt title.

I met Marco Marconi recently and watched him whilst he listened intently to performers Nick Shankland and Kitty La roar, giving his full attention, almost oblivious to anything going on around, his eyes fixed on Nick’s left hand working the bass box whilst his right played the piano keyboard. Music has a powerful effect on this musician.

Marco’s attention to detail is what makes him outstanding. There are, if you listen, little notes filling in gaps, sometimes creating a sound which is almost, just almost a bit too busy because the ear can’t pick up the nuances held in the music as fast as Marco delivers them at times but the genius is precisely in this attentive pendency and what makes it special because each listen reveals another texture, colour or layer. That, for me, is the sea change which makes some music special. There is that care for the listener, an offering of the musician to such an extent that every time you listen another gift is revealed.

Marco is still developing in his music even though he has played for much of his life and he is a very natural musician. His explorative interpretations of even familiar tunes make them change, morph into something a bit different, a little sweeter and a lot more complex than the original in many cases. If you are a musician, you hear the changes and subtleties and if you are not musical you still hear them and this – this ability to engage across the board is the craft of the art. A couple of years back, someone who had heard Marco told me, ‘ It sounds like he swallowed a jazz book’ and to some extent that was true then.  He was a growing talent, someone who was classically trained delving into jazz, loving it and determined to grow in the genre. At that time, he was, literally, absorbing all he could and learning, changing, tweaking. Now he truly has grown as a jazz player and I am betting that same guy, when he hears Trialogue would say Marco has not only absorbed the book – he bloody re-wrote it.

The opening track starts with a flourish and is a beautiful arrangement of Rossi/Testoni’s ‘Amore Baciami’. This popular composition has been interpreted by many including the wonderful Larry Franco and performed with or without vocals but Marco takes the theme and interprets it with twists, turns and somersaults, relishing in the range the piece offers and squeezing every last note out of any gaps, stops or breaths. Fast but in no way furious, this is fun, light and there is a lovely double bass solo included whilst the drums are intense and just slightly manic in the background. This track is only just under 3 minutes long but so much variety is included you wonder just how it is done. The second track is Bricusse/Newley’s ‘Pure Imagination’ and again, Marconi takes the theme and delivers it in very much his own style. Piano and percussion introduce the theme, which is worked out and up with ever increasing depth and layers. What really works here is how the percussion and bass are used in the first part of the developing theme. They work away under the piano, creating their own off-side patterns before coming back to support the main theme, which is arranged in 5/4 time, as Marco says, ” to create a particular atmosphere which I couldn’t do if it was in a classical 4/4″.  Very clever and there is a short but very sweet counter-rhythmic section slotted in roughly half way through which makes you prick up your ears and really tune in to what the trio are doing.  The improvisation and interpretation of the theme are absolutely gorgeous and a lot of playing with the time is going on here which is interesting. Just when you feel the track can’t do any more, it delivers one final surprise and the last section is beautiful with drums rolling down to bass picking up the rhythm with piano still playing the theme.  Complete enjoyment.

‘ Vamos Azucar’ is a Marconi composition and sets off with an Eastern theme, bedeviled with a hint of darkness and madness which is very engaging. A Latino beat develops in the percussion with the piano swinging gallantly over the top and just after halfway everything changes with a dynamic and interruptive conversation carried on with percussion and piano. I say interruptive because the rhythmic cadences are so tight they almost fall into each other. Clever and imaginative.

‘I Love You Both’ is another Marco composition and on a lighter note. It is dedicated to Marco’s wife and daughter. The swingy, gentle sashaying beat gives way, as you know it will by now, as Marco never remains static in his music, to a change of essence and a subtle yet emphatic delivery of a differing theme after the half way mark. What is interesting here is the bass line. From walking to chordate, it supports the theme and the twinkling of Marco’s playing intuitively and there is a place where the piano stops and the bass simply steps forward to have its own conversation with the piano.  This is a lovely piece with a well-developed theme and structure.

‘ Bach Praeludium BWV 851 in D min (Bach) is based on Bach’s famous no 6. BWV (Bach Werke Verzeichnis) was a number assigned by Bach and others to compositions to give them a unique identification.  However, identifying the original will do you little good here because, whilst there are certainly references to and arrangements around the original, this is Bach influenced certainly but not Bach as we know it. The unraveling of the hidden essences contained in Bach’s original is intriguing and, at times, you wonder if the number is based on the original at all but this is a wonderful inclusion on the CD and a show-stopper of a number. Beginning all dark and moody with bass rhythmically pounding out a single note over which the percussion bangs and echoes. The piano joins and the sound builds into something quite extraordinary.  The thing which strikes the listener is how the percussive note of the finger striking the string is heard from the bass and the leaving in of that very basic functionary percussive noise is genius. At some point the piano takes over the bass line and then develops the theme, playing, exploring and extrapolating notes which Bach probably didn’t realise were there before we return to the single note with the theme over the top. There is too much going on in this number to describe all its wonders in full. Towards the end of the track, there is a piano cadence, after which Bach’s ‘Praeludium’ emerges just as it was written – fast, very fast and delivered perfectly. It is wonderful to hear such a strong classical style played in a different way, neither classical nor jazz but totally wonderful and also to hear the respect for the original which comes out at the end.

Astor Piazzolla’s ‘Oblivion’ is known as it was used in the soundtrack of Bellochio’s ‘Henry IV’ film and has been recorded in many versions, with the solo instrument often an oboe,  clarinet or sax quartet and orchestra. Here, the melancholic theme with a slow Bolero rhythm – a Latin rhythm not heard that much but here effective – is worked out by the piano over subtle bass and percussion. There is a long and lovely bass solo, arranged by Marco and lots of spacey cymbals. This gentle track is an oasis amidst the fervour and intensity of the other tracks.

Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’ is delivered from the start with changes of tempo and rhythms which is both respectful to ‘Trane and yet implicitly original. A sonorous and low-key bass solo adds weighty gravitas which develops into a bit of fun over which the piano wriggles and squirms whilst the percussion supports. This is a great arrangement of such a well-known piece. Marco’s notes almost run into each other, which is a bit of a trademark, such is the speed of delivery at times and the drum solo is well timed and impressive. Then we go into walking bass under the piano theme and finish with a flourish.

Sammy Fain’s ‘ Love Is A Many Splendored Thing’  is just about the only straight delivered track on the CD and is beautiful for those of a romantic nature. It shows how versatile Marconi is because there is emphasis, emotion, and beauty with the bass taking over the theme halfway through before the piano picks it up again, of course, given a few twists and tweaks.

‘I remember Michel’  (Marconi) is gentle and has that recurring returning to the theme once, twice in quick succession, then a development, then returns, which I am learning to be a Marconi trademark and it works really well.  In this track, every time the theme returns it is changed, altered just a little and the cleverness in this subtlety means you feel the return to the familiar but never stop listening because it is familiar but never ever the same. At 5 mins or so there is a change with bass and percussion discussing notions and ideas with the piano, who improvises on the inherent chords, which again, adds change and colour to the track. It finishes with the piano notes setting off on their own little journey into the ether. Lovely.

‘Cancion para Amar’ (Marconi) is a track of atmosphere, changes, and rhythms but it swings right the way through. The bass from Tom Farmer is really good on this track both in the solos and in the background supporting the piano. The contrasts in this piece are worth waiting for, especially in the second half where the piano swells in volume before the finish.

‘Star Wars’ (Williams) is the final track on the CD and this is space but not in the sense, anyone knows it.  Everyone has a bit of fun on this track with the piano arrangement seeking out every hidden note- every note you didn’t know was hidden even- and playing them all at sometimes obliterating speed.  The theme is never lost yet the changes are almost constant. The percussion is strong and the piano at times could almost be the string half orchestral arrangement of the film score, deep notes emphasised whilst the right-hand tinkles away, improvising over and around the theme. Totally fun and completely engaging. Marco almost goes over to the dark side but never quite loses it. The Charleston section is frivolous and completely bonkers.  Not grinning is not an option. Brilliant.

The bonus track is a piano solo number of the Bee Gees ‘Staying Alive’ and I don’t know what to say. It is fast, furious intense and mesmeric.  So I shall leave it at that and let other listeners far wiser than me decide about this track.

What is engaging about this pianist is the layers he adds, the attention to minutiae which the ear either completely misses, which is fine as there are things going on enough to entertain or you suddenly pick up the additions, the extra little trills and linkages he inserts and you wonder how the heck he does it and is there more? Once or twice, the business almost got the better of me but listen after listen you genuinely hear more. The combination of a truly intuitive musician and the player with well-chosen tracks makes this album something of a gem. It is so easy to trivialise words and players by saying they are genius, or deeply talented and at the end of the day, each reviewer has their preferences.  For me, this is honestly one of the classiest, varied and interesting albums I have heard and musically it is so packed with talent it almost is beyond description (almost). Those words often bandied about without meaning here should be applied and understood. This CD is genius.  This is an album to have, play and listen again because it just keeps giving.  An admission here is that if anyone had told me a while back I would be quite so enamoured of a CD where the main instrument is the piano I would question their sanity because none I have heard has the excitement and variety I need to remain interested right to the end. This CD puts that notion to shame. Trialogue genuinely entertained and delighted from the first to last note.

To remain interested right to the end. This CD puts that notion to shame. Trialogue genuinely entertained and delighted from the first to last note.               

The album will have its launch at the amazing space which is;

606 Club 90 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0QD  on 27th June 2017.

If you can’t wait or can’t make the release party:

Label: 33 Jazz Records cat no. 33jazz264 is released 28th April 2017.

Label buy link: www.33jazz.com

Buy Link: Amazon

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Personnel

Marco Marconi: Piano

Tom Farmer: Double Bass

Emiliano Caroselli: Drums

Picture credits: Paul Jolly

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