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Paul Austerlitz: Water Prayers for Bass Clarinet

The Jazz history of the bass clarinet has not had a musician like Paul Austerlitz since the great Eric Dolphy put his remarkable and...
15th Annual Panama Jazz Festival

15th Annual Panama Jazz Festival: January 15-20, 2018

15th Annual Panama Jazz Festival Led by Artistic Director Danilo Pérez Uniting internationally acclaimed jazz artists, renowned educators and jazz fans from around the globe,...

Roni Ben-Hur & Santi Debriano featuring Duduka Da Fonseca – Our Thing

It is not often that music—even some of the finest on record, like a highly imaginative novel—evokes powerful visuals, but when it does the...

Paul Austerlitz – Journey (Innova Recordings – 2008)

There is very little precedence for Journey, a work of striking newness and dazzling virtuosity, by the reeds player, Paul Austerlitz. First of all it occupies a rather narrow stream in Afro-Caribbean music—Dominican music of African origin—and secondly it is largely played on reeds of the very lowest register—only the great Anthony Braxton ventures there. It combines Yoruba chants with African and jazz musical idioms [...]

Gabriele Tranchina: A Song of Love’s Color

It appears that exacting pitch is not really important in the grander scheme of things, for Gabriele Tranchina’s singing. Although it seems likely that if she really wanted to this vocalist could nail the exacting pitch of the notes themselves with perfection, Tranchina eschews the exactitude of notation to scale impossible heights of emotion. In this respect she is like a storyteller who uses lyric passages to let tales of longing and other elusive emotions unfold [...]