Jazz Continuities: Review of Exotica Domestica, Daniele D’Agaro’s Adriatics Orchestra

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The creative leaps representing the discontinuities in jazz are rare, and perhaps too much ado is made of them. Popularized in bursts of enterprising media coverage, these breakpoints seemingly appear out of nowhere. In reality the discontinuities have their own underground developments, and can take years to reach a critical . . . → Read More: Jazz Continuities: Review of Exotica Domestica, Daniele D’Agaro’s Adriatics Orchestra

TWO FROM SUN RA: THE SINGLES (Evidence 22164-2) & REFLECTIONS IN BLUE (Black Saint 120101-2)

Sun Ra’s music was always filled with dance and romance, hefty shots of blues, doses of call-and-response celebration, and a load of black swing rhythm inherited from the big band era. These two CD releases prove the hypothesis.

The Singles is a double CD documenting the evolution of Sun Ra’s music. . . . → Read More: TWO FROM SUN RA: THE SINGLES (Evidence 22164-2) & REFLECTIONS IN BLUE (Black Saint 120101-2)

The Architectural Analogy: The Structure and Composition Possibilities of Inscape Tableaux “Like a Salvation Army Band, But Much Nicer” An Interview with Barry Guy (Part II)

Tampere, Finland – Nov 3, 2001

Words & Photography © Laurence Svirchev

Introduction:

In 2001, I interviewed Barry Guy about Inscape – Tableaux (Intakt CD 066), the composition he had just presented at the Tampere, Finland Jazz Happening. The interview was as long and complex as the . . . → Read More: The Architectural Analogy: The Structure and Composition Possibilities of Inscape Tableaux “Like a Salvation Army Band, But Much Nicer” An Interview with Barry Guy (Part II)

The Architectural Analogy: The Structure and Composition Possibilities of Inscape – Tableaux “A Subway Map of Connections” An Interview with Barry Guy (Part I)

Dateline: Tampere, Finland – Nov 3, 2001

Words & Photography ©Laurence Svirchev

Introduction: In 2001, I interviewed Barry Guy about Inscape – Tableaux (Intakt CD 066), the composition he had just presented at the Tampere, Finland Jazz Happening. The interview was as long and complex as the music. It . . . → Read More: The Architectural Analogy: The Structure and Composition Possibilities of Inscape – Tableaux “A Subway Map of Connections” An Interview with Barry Guy (Part I)

Daniele D’Agaro-Ernst Glerum-Han Bennink: Strandjutters

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Words ©Laurence Svirchev

D’Agaro, Glerum, and Bennink form a kind of perfect trio. D’Agaro because he is one of the hand-full of moderns who have levitated the beautiful sound of the clarinet into contemporary jazz vocabulary (he also doubles on the tenor saxophone). Glerum because has a . . . → Read More: Daniele D’Agaro-Ernst Glerum-Han Bennink: Strandjutters

Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal August 3-8, 2004: The Vancouver Presence

Texts © Stuart Broomer & Laurence Svirchev, Photography ©Laurence Svirchev

Jazz em Agosto—Jazz in August—is a festival with any number of differences, an event that in recent years has spanned a few days or two weeks, presenting both the celebrated and the little-known with the emphasis on innovative work. The festival . . . → Read More: Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal August 3-8, 2004: The Vancouver Presence

Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal August 3-8, 2004: Post-Modern Nights

Text © Stuart Broomer, Photography ©Laurence Svirchev

Jazz em Agosto—Jazz in August—is a festival with any number of differences, an event that in recent years has spanned a few days or two weeks, presenting both the celebrated and the little-known with the emphasis on innovative work. The festival is sponsored by . . . → Read More: Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal August 3-8, 2004: Post-Modern Nights

Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: an Encyclopedia, by Todd Jenkins

Greenwood Press

©Laurence Svirchev

Jazz is a restless music. It grows incessantly through steady maturation but also by unpredictable quantum leaps. New generations of innovators typically acknowledge their roots and artistic influences. Yet the process of discovering new musical possibilities is always . . . → Read More: Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: an Encyclopedia, by Todd Jenkins

Georg Graewe Octet: Gigs in Austria and Croatia

©Laurence Svirchev

Introduction – Georg Graewe invited me to accompany his Octet on a three-city tour through Austria and Croatia in April 2000. Graewe is a composer-pianist from Germany who now mainly resides in the United States, finding it easier in that country to obtain funding for his many projects. In . . . → Read More: Georg Graewe Octet: Gigs in Austria and Croatia

1999 duMaurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver

Words & Photography ©Laurence Svirchev

In the 14 year saga of the duMaurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver, two major trends have now consolidated themselves. Vancouver possesses a cadre of musicians who regularly sit in with the best of international improvisers. In this year’s performances these Vancouver musicians demonstrated they can lead . . . → Read More: 1999 duMaurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver