All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

04-Jun-09 Alexander Hawkins Ensemble
No Now Is So (FMR Records)
Reviewed by John Eyles

04-Jun-09 Multiple Artists
Summer Love from Clean Feed (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

03-Jun-09 simakDialog
Demi Masa (Moonjune Records)
Reviewed by Gary Gomes

03-Jun-09 Marc Ducret
Le Sens De La Marche (Illusions Music)
Reviewed by Martin Longley

02-Jun-09 Daphna Sadeh and the Voyagers
Reconciliation (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Ian Patterson

02-Jun-09 Alex Maguire Sextet
Brewed in Belgium (Moonjune Records)
Reviewed by Gary Gomes

01-Jun-09 Michael Musillami Trio 3
From Seeds (Playscape Recordings)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

01-Jun-09 15 Degrees Below Zero
Resting On A (Edgetone Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

01-Jun-09 Fred Anderson Quartet
Live at the Velvet Lounge Volume III (Asian Improv Records)
Reviewed by Jeff Stockton

01-Jun-09 FAB Trio
Live in Amsterdam (Porter Records)
Reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

01-Jun-09 The Thing
Bag It! (Smalltown Superjazzz)
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

31-May-09 Josh Berman
Old Idea (Delmark Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

31-May-09 Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition
Apti (Innova Recordings)
Reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

31-May-09 The Fully Celebrated
Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity Records)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

31-May-09 Steve Lantner
Given – Live In Munster (Hatology)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

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Interview with Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Records

From jazzuality.com:

Some people believe in following the market trend will lead to success, but think if everybody does it. Music as a progressive thing needs much more than that to grow. It’s good to see what the market want, but on the other side, we can’t close our eyes to the alternatives and something new in creativity that often come with great skills and amazing music. What I’m saying is, we do really need some source which dare to go against the market trends, so music will keep on having something new to offer.

Thank God we have MoonJune Records. Moonjune came in 2001 as the brainchild of Leonardo Pavkovic, the enterpreneurial producer, tour manager and promoter. MoonJune got its name from “The Moon in June” the Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt’s famous 1970 epic. MoonJune’s focus is to release internationally-situated music by atists exploring the expanding boundaries of genuine, challenging, non-over-produced music that can’t be categorized easily into any specific format. With 28 titles available in the catalogue right now, being reviewed worldwide in over 40 countries, and of course will keep growing bigger, we know that MoonJune is fully commited on the right path and at the same time essential for the music world, especially jazz in particular.

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Hugh Hopper Having Health and Financial Problems

This information comes from Leonard at Moonjune Records:

Not sure if all of You know that my very dear friend and legendary Soft Machine and Soft Machine Legacy’s bass player Hugh Hopper, had recently, since last June, some health problems and complications that didn’t allowed him to do any gigs since early June. Hugh was suffering from back pain for few years and suddenly in June got worse. Hugh had to cancel concerts in Mexico with Chris Cutler, and 10 shows tour of Japan with Yumi Hara-Cawkwell, and series of his solo concerts, or concerts with Soft Machine Legacy and Delta Saxophone Quartet during the last Summer were compromised. While treating very bad lower back pain, Hugh was having blood tests, and in hospital doctors have discovered beginning of leukaemia and that his blood had very low platelet-count. Hugh started to have an ongoing and painful chemotherapy treatment which was going relatively well but Hugh also suffered from some minor infections after the course finished. Hugh is doing better now, but still in hospital and only occasionally was able to go home. In any case Hugh Hopper has a very positive outlook on life and accepts life in a positive way and we all “hopperfully” hope, this hassle will end as soon as possible.

Sadly, with the lack of revenue resulting from his inability to perform since last June, Hugh and his family (his lovely wife Christine and 13 years old daughter Rosa) are currently in a less than comfortable financial situation – this is the reason for this VERY SPECIAL NOVEMBER SALE by MoonJune Records / MoonJune Global Media, offering all Hugh Hopper related cds for purchase, with profits going to my old friend and one-of-a-kind Hugh Hopper.

100% of the profit from sale of the below mentioned cds will go Hugh Hopper:

HUGH HOPPER “Numero D’Vol”
HUMI (HUGH HOPPER & YUMI HARA-CAWKWELL “Dune”
http://www.moonjune.com

50% of the profit from sale of the below mentioned cds will go to Hugh Hopper:

SOFT MACHINE LEGACY “Steam”
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY “Soft Machine Legacy”
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY “Live In Zaandam”
http://www.moonjune.com

30% of the profit from sale of this particular cd featuring HUGH HOPPER will go to Hugh Hopper::

CHRIS STASSINOPULOUS “Light In The Dark”
Featuring HUGH HOPPER, DAVID CROSS, ALEX FOSTER, BARRY FINNERTY, JOE BERGER and more
http://www.moonjune.com/lightinthedark-N.htm

30% of the profit from sale of the rest of MoonJune Records’ catalog will go to my dear “fuzz-bass” buddy Hugh Hopper.

In addition, The Benefit Concert at the well known London’s 100 Club will be held on December 14th, an idea generated by his colleagues in Soft Machine Legacy, and made possible thanks to John Etheridge and The 100 Club. The entire profit will go to Hugh Hopper. If You can be there, please do so, and buy as much merchandise offered You can afford.
The Benefit will feature some of Hugh’s friends and fellow musicians:
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY (filling for Hugh: FRED BAKER on bass)
DELTA SAXOPHONE QUARTET
PHIL MILLER IN CAHOOTS
BASH QUARTET feat. ALEX MAGUIRE, PATRICE MEYER, FRED BAKER & LIAM GENOCKEY
SOPHIA DOMANCHIC & SIMON GOUBERT DUO
YUMI HARA-CAWKWELL

http://www.the100club.co.uk
http://www.the100club.co.uk/whats_on_detail.asp?event=12/14/08

If You feel to write a post card or letter to Hugh and send any kind of present or memorabilia and express Your love and feelings, You can write to:
Hugh Hopper
29 Castle Road
Whitstable, Kent CT5 2DZ
England, United Kingdom

For more updates, check Hugh’s website: http://www.hugh-hopper.com

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