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Manu Katché, Richard Bona, Eric Legnini & Stefano Di Battista - Live at Jazz in Vienne

Musicians: Manu Katché (percussions) Stefano Di Battista (saxophone) Eric Legnini (keyboard) Richard Bona (bass) Programme: It's a veritable all-star international line-up at Jazz in Vienne this year, performing an elegant form of jazz that is neither really avant-garde, nor quite turned towards the past: it's merely timeless. This new leading quartet is based, first and foremost, on a rhythm you can only dream of: French drummer, Manu Katché, originally from Ivory Coast, beats out the supple tempo that we expect of him, while the magnificent Cameroonian (and now New Yorker) bass player, Richard Bona, lays on his unmatchable cross-cultural blend....

Taj Mahal & Bassekou Kouyaté - Live at Jazz in Vienne

Taj Mahal, formidable musician and icon of the blues and world music, is master of some 20 instruments, among them guitar and dobro, dulcimer, banjo and harmonica. A foremost figure of the “blues revival” from the mid-60s, Taj Mahal is a prolific creator, a musicologist, an explorer of Afro-American, African, Caribbean, Indian and Hawaiian music. It was during a recording session in a Georgian studio that Taj Mahal met the griot, Toumani Diabaté. Their exchanges on the links between blues and Mandingo music produced the album Kulanjan (1999). We can still hear the beating heart of that Mandingo tradition today in the modern, electrified ngoni of Bassekou...

Jungle by Night - Live at Jazz in Vienne

Musicians: Pieter van Exter (saxophone) Jacobus Johannes Zandvliet (trombone) Bo Kriek Floor (trumpet) Jacob van Exter (guitar) Younes Tool (bass) Gino Groeneveld (congas, percussions, sonny groeneveld, drums) Pyke Dajo Pasman (Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes) Daniel Felix Tension Smeets (djembe, percussions) Programme: Empire Piranha Jakten Desdemona Hannsman Tasmatica Weapon The Move Attila They are new, they come from Amsterdam and their average age is barely 18. However, they really don't like to be reminded of it. Because their Afrobeat, with its flavours of jazz and Ethiopia, funk and rock, has no need of numbered years to...

Medeski / Martin & Wood & Nels Cully Jazz Festival

Familiar faces at Cully following their previous appearances, John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood, who have completely redefined the musical possibilities of the jazz trio, are back this year for a sound explosion. With an exemplary career over more than 20 years, the three colourful New Yorkers have made groove their watchword and adventurous performance their playground. With a collective communication that borders on telepathy they deliver legendary concerts, offering themselves to the audience in a brilliant, instinctive style. From funk gimmicks to blues phrasing they make every musical reference their own in this concert, which is performed in...

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog - Cully Jazz Festival

Marc Ribot – Guitar Shahzad Ismaily – Guitar, Bass, Electronics Ches Smith – Drums, Percussions Reunited in Cully this year, the three members of the Ceramic Dog project can best be described as the troublemakers, the unclassifiables or the exceptions of contemporary jazz. Led by guitarist Marc Ribot, the trio usually walks on stage with the same potential as a grenade that forgot to go off. Shamelessly powerful in hard rock and extreme sound, Ceramic Dog brought out Your Turn in 2003, a second album that has the merit of making all opinions agree: this band is on the verge of madness and its music, crafted for the live experience, makes absolutely no...