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Vocal Jazz - Released March 22, 2013 | ACT Music

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Le top 6 JAZZ NEWS - Qobuzissime - The Qobuz Standard - Hi-Res Audio - Sélectionné par Ecoutez Voir
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Contemporary Jazz - Released February 2, 2012 | Laborie Jazz

Booklet Distinctions TSF - Choc de Classica - Elu par Citizen Jazz - Découverte JAZZ NEWS - Qobuzissime - The Qobuz Standard
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Jazz - Released April 29, 2013 | Jazz Village

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 3F de Télérama - Sélection FIP - The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Le top 6 JAZZ NEWS - The Qobuz Standard - Hi-Res Audio
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Contemporary Jazz - Released April 2, 2009 | Laborie Jazz

Distinctions 3F de Télérama - Choc Jazzman - Disque d'émoi Jazz Magazine - Victoire du jazz - 8/10 de Noise - Elu par Citizen Jazz
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Jazz - Released April 13, 2009 | Laborie Classique

Distinctions 3F de Télérama - Choc Jazzman - Disque d'émoi Jazz Magazine - Victoire du jazz - 8/10 de Noise - Elu par Citizen Jazz
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Jazz - Released March 19, 2012 | Jazz Village

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Sélection Les Inrocks - The Qobuz Standard - Hi-Res Audio - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 15, 2012 | Laborie Jazz

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc Jazzman - Choc Jazzman de l'année - Hi-Res Audio - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Released October 11, 2010 | Domino Recording Co

Distinctions 4F de Télérama - 4 étoiles Classica - Sélection Les Inrocks - Stereophile: Record To Die For - Stereophile: Recording of the Month
For the Ghosts Within, Robert Wyatt's collaboration with Gilad Atzmon and Ros Stephen, is a set of seven standards from jazz, theater, pop, and film, balanced by four provocative originals. Stephen recorded strings, double bass, and a scratch vocal first; Wyatt added proper ones later; and this was handed off to Atzmon, who added reeds, winds, electronics, and accordion, and produced the finished product. The process sounds cold and disembodied; the recording, anything but. It opens with Johnny Mercer's haunting "Laura," with Wyatt providing one of the most vulnerable vocals of his career over Stephen's Sigamos String Quartet, Richard Pryce's upright bass, and Atzmon's alto saxophone. It's riveting for its nocturnal nakedness despite the warmth of the strings. "Lullaby for Irena," by Stephen and Alfreda Benge, begins with murky electronics and Atzmon playing an Eastern modal theme on clarinet. The strings introduce Western classical harmony before Pryce and Wyatt enter, haltingly, allowing the musical spaces between his words their full measure. It is a love song so full of gratitude it is nearly heartbreaking. The title track, by Atzmon and Benge, features Tali Atzmon on lead vocals with various reeds winds, accordion, and even a Palestinian shepherd's flute by Gilad Atzmon. The exotic, sampled percussive effects create a sense of haunted drama as Stephen and Wyatt underscore them with a backing chorus that transports the listener to an aural terrain between jazz and Middle Eastern folk styles. These three tracks provide a blueprint for most of what follows: Wyatt's vocal interpretations of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight," Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," and Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" stand outside the jazz repertoire, but, because of Wyatt's extraordinary, uncategorizable voice, offer a fresh, expansive, and elegant reading of standards that don't lose their connecting threads. That said, the version of "What a Wonderful World" bears all the traces of Wyatt's wickedly political sense of irony and humor, without sacrificing the simple beauty in the melody that betrays -- due to Stephen's string arrangement -- a deceptively complex harmonic system.Two songs are questionable. "Where Are They Now" is an original which begins as complex New Orleans jazz-cum-theater music before getting a stomping hip-hop treatment from rapper Aboud Hashem (Stormtrapp of Ramallah Underground); along with Wyatt's vocal, it feels out of place. The other is a re-recorded, very abstract version of Chic's "At Last I Am Free." Wyatt's single version is so striking and expertly delivered that this one, with lush strings, bandoneon, and clarinets, feels overdone and disconnected. These two minor complaints aside, For the Ghosts Within succeeds as both collaboration and an aural portrait of what a complete standards recording by Wyatt could offer. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 1, 2012 | Abalone Productions

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc Jazzman de l'année - Elu par Citizen Jazz - The Qobuz Standard - OUI! de Culture Jazz - Hi-Res Audio
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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 1, 2012 | Abalone Productions

Booklet Distinctions 3F de Télérama - 4 étoiles Jazzman - Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros - Elu par Citizen Jazz - OUI! de Culture Jazz
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Jazz - Released November 28, 2014 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Released May 11, 2015 | Brainfeeder

Hi-Res Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Pitchfork: Best New Music - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS - Qobuzissime
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Jazz - Released March 23, 2018 | Columbia - Legacy

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS - Pitchfork: Best New Reissue - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
When you see the names Miles Davis and John Coltrane on the same poster, you feel a shiver down your spine. This sixth instalment of the trumpet player's Bootleg Series that shiver grows – to put it euphemistically – to ecstasy. The Final Tour concentrates on the final chapter of the collaboration between Miles and Coltrane. On four CDs, it takes in performances recorded as part of their 1960 European tour – their last outing together before the saxophonist's death in July 1967. It includes both concerts at the Paris Olympia of 21 March 1960, the two concerts of 22 March in Stockholm, and of 24 March in Copenhagen, all available for the first time on a format other than quarter-inch tape. These five concerts take place about a year after the release of the masterpiece Kind of Blue, which shook the jazz world to its core. Our protagonists' nuclear creative power threaten the quintet with catastrophe at every turn. With pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb, Miles and Trane deliver torrential improvisations in which fusion and opposition battle it out. But miraculously, it all holds together. And how! It's the magic of these five concerts: hearing the five giants all at once, and their ability to match each other's pace, and roar in unison. In terms of the repertoire, this box set is a kind of davisian nirvana: it holds all the greatest themes (not always his own) which made the trumpeter's name: ’Round Midnight, Bye Bye Blackbird, On Green Dolphin Street, Walkin’, All Of You, Oleo, So What and All Blues… Finally, The Final Tour finishes on a jaw-dropping interview given by Coltrane to the Swedish DJ Carl-Erik Lindgren. "Do you feel angry?," asks Lindgren. "No, I don't," says Trane. "I was talking to a fellow the other day, and I told him, the reason I play so many sounds, maybe it sounds angry, I'm trying so many things at one time. I haven't sorted them out." Listening to these 1960 concerts, we can only respond: long live confusion! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released January 27, 2012 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Qobuz Standard - Hi-Res Audio - Stereophile: Recording of the Month
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Vocal Jazz - Released March 5, 2012 | Jazz Village

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Sélection Les Inrocks - Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Released September 6, 2013 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Hi-Res Audio - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Released February 2, 2011 | Nonesuch

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS - The Qobuz Standard
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Contemporary Jazz - Released October 2, 2012 | Laborie Jazz

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Elu par Citizen Jazz - CHOC de JAZZmagazine-jazzman - OUI! de Culture Jazz - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Released July 13, 2012 | ECM

Hi-Res Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS - Stereophile: Recording of the Month
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Jazz - Released December 12, 2006 | Fremeaux Heritage

Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - 4F de Télérama - Choc Jazzman

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  • Wallace Roney: a legend leaves us
    Wallace Roney: a legend leaves us Commended by Miles Davis at the start of the 1990s, the great American trumpeter succumbs to the Covid-19 coronavirus.
  • Avishai Cohen: This Time It's Different
    Avishai Cohen: This Time It's Different With his group Big Vicious, the Israeli trumpeter incorporates electronic and atmospheric music into his jazz, and even covers Massive Attack's "Teardrop"!
  • Here Comes Al Di Meola
    Here Comes Al Di Meola 7 years after a first volume, the American guitar player releases a new album entirely dedicated to Beatles covers!
  • Shabaka Hutchings: past, present and future
    Shabaka Hutchings: past, present and future The British saxophonist teams up with South African collective The Ancestors to deliver a whirlwind album that is as politicall minded as it is mad.
  • Bird flies away...
    Bird flies away... It's been 65 years since the world of jazz lost one of their legends.
  • McCoy Tyner: pianist supreme
    McCoy Tyner: pianist supreme One of the greatest pianists in the history of jazz, a member of the John Coltrane quartet, passed away on March 6th 2020.
  • Charles Lloyd, still going strong
    Charles Lloyd, still going strong Lyrical, spiritual and free, the live recording of the great American saxophonist's 80th birthday celebration has just been released on Blue Note...
  • Oded Tzur: intercontinental sax
    Oded Tzur: intercontinental sax The New York-based Israeli saxophonist released his new album "Here Be Dragons" on Munich label ECM, and drew inspiration from concepts of Indian music... a globe-trotting trip!
  • Moses Boyd: a magician on the drumset
    Moses Boyd: a magician on the drumset The London based jazz drummer is the latest recipient of our Qobuzissime award. His new album "Dark Matter" is yet another piece of proof that the New British Jazz Scene shows no signs of slowing d...
  • Nina Simone turning up the pressure...
    Nina Simone turning up the pressure... Recorded on stage at Carnegie Hall in 1964, this "In Concert" has been re-released in Hi-Res 24 Bit quality. In 2020 it resounds just as powerfully as it did back then.