2022 marks the ninety-second year of pianist and composer Ahmad Jamal. An NEA Jazz Master and Grammy winner, in 2007 he was designated a Kennedy Center honoree as a Living Jazz Legend. His first release was The Three Strings (Epic, 1951) and, throughout that decade, he recorded a dozen albums, all in a piano trio format… [ read more ]

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Although critical consensus would have it that jazz is a unique art form with its roots placed squarely in America, the music has always been open to the influences of other music and cultures. Prime examples would have to include the early strains of French gypsy music that morphed with jazz thanks to the influence of Django Reinhardt in the ’40s… [ read more ]

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Chuck D of Public Enemy fame once said, “rap music is the CNN of the ghetto.” His words, coupled with samples and the scratching of turntables, were revelatory in their day, very much like a five-minute news update. Poet and cultural critic Fred Moten’s words are more like a deep dive graduate colloquy… [ read more ]

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Plenty of jazz fans loathe “holiday” albums, defined as many of them are by cheap sentimentality and fake bonhomie. If the eggnog does not make you retch, the tackily jazzed-up Christmas carols will. But Louis Armstrong’s Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule is an exception. Armstrong himself was exceptional… [ read more ]

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Aladdin, 10 curiosità sull’intramontabile cult Disney

Aladdin rappresenta indubbiamente uno spartiacque nell’immaginifico mondo della Disney. Basato sul fortunato racconto Aladino e la lampada magica, contenuto all’interno dell’antica raccolta di novelle Le mille e una notte, il film d’animazione vide la luce nel 1992, ottenendo uno strepitoso risultato in termini d’incassi e agli occhi della critica. La pellicola diretta da Ron Clements […]

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TFF40, al via la nuova edizione del Torino Film Festival

Il Torino Film Festival torna nel capoluogo piemontese con la sua quarantesima edizione e alcune importanti novità, a partire proprio dal cambio del direttore artistico della rassegna, ruolo ricoperto fino allo scorso anno da Stefano Francia di Celle. Dopo due anni fortemente segnati dalle limitazioni causate dalla pandemia, il festival torinese si presenta infatti con […]

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Karl Jenkins: Penumbra II


Multi-instrumentalist Sir Karl William Pamp Jenkins CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) is a successful composer of classical, film and TV music. But before he went over to the Dark Side, the then plain old Karl Jenkins was a member of the Rebel Alliance and a pivotal presence in British jazz rock… [ read more ]

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