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Punkt Festival 2014

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Punkt Festival Kristiansand, Norway September, 4-6, 2014 Kristiansand, home of the Annual Punkt Festival for the past decade, is a municipality situated on the southernmost point of Norway at the Skagerrag strait. It has a population of 86,000 (the greater urban area, 155,000) and is the county capital of Vest- Agder. Crystallization of new concepts and development often take place and are given a push from the periphery, with Punkt a good and prominent example. Organized by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré, who have known each other very well from their adolescent days in ...

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Chris Dundas / Arild Andersen / Bendik Hofseth / Patrice Heral: Oslo Odyssey

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What's up with jny: Oslo, Norway? Two of the outstanding recordings by of 2014 have come out of the city: pianist Paul Bley's Play Blue (ECM Records), and now Los Angeles-based pianist Chris Dundas' Oslo Odyssey (BLM Records). Dundas' profile isn't exactly soaring through the stars. He has one previous recording as a leader to his name, a very good mainstream affair from the year 2000, featuring saxophonist Bob Sheppard. What Oslo Odyssey represents for Dundas is something of a (bluesman) Robert Johnson moment--he slips off the recording radar for a long spell, then comes back with a ...

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Spiral Mercury - Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground featuring Pharoah Sanders: Pharoah & The Underground

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Renowned tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and new music, jazz-centric pioneer, cornetist Rob Mazurek bridge alternate generations of avant-gard-isms with this highly persuasive and indubitably, audacious production. It's an electro-acoustic meeting of futuristic minds, intersecting the trumpeter's Sao Paulo Underground and Chicago Underground ensembles. Moreover, they yield intergalactic nods to classic space rock via Guilherme Granado's inventive electronics, synths and samples permutations along with Matthew Lux's pumped up bass lines and Chad Taylor's sweeping drums patterns amid several distinctive indicators throughout. Several movements are modeled with blustery flights of fancy, complemented and expounded upon by Sanders and Mazurek's flourishing ...

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Carleen Anderson: At Home in London

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One of the most powerful vocalists today is Carleen Anderson, the “2013 Jazz FM UK Vocalist of the Year." Amy Winehouse once said, “For live performances, you absolutely have to see Carleen Anderson at least three times in your life!" Amy confessed while sitting in on one of Ms. Anderson's soundchecks; Carleen sang “Don't Look Back In Anger," it brought her to tears (Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night, 2006). Born in jny: Houston, Texas on May 10, 1957, Carleen Anderson is grounded and rooted in true gospel music inherited from the Pentecostal church where the pastor, David Anderson, ...

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Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs

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Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs Jay Farrar 192 ISBN: #1593765126 Soft Skull Press 2013 Anyone who's familiar with Jay Farrar's work with Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, his various collaborations such as New Multitudes and Gob Iron or his solo work knows he has a love of language almost as passionate as his love for music. It should come as no surprise then that he would inevitably write a book or that the publication would reaffirm that impression of Farrar as a writer. But Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs extends Farrar's talents ...

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Arild Andersen / Paolo Vinaccia / Tommy Smith: Mira

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The debut of Arild Andersen's now longstanding trio with Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and Italian expat drummer Paolo Vinaccia on Live at Belleville (ECM, 2008) came as no small surprise, even to those familiar with the Norwegian bassist's work on the label--dating right back to its inception on Jan Garbarek's classic Afric Pepperbird (ECM, 1971), as well as with his own fine triptych of more accessible early albums, recently collected on Green Into Blue--Early Quartets (ECM, 2010). Andersen has proven, over a career now spanning six decades, to be a bassist with a muscular tone and broad stylistic ...

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Ian Anderson at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Ian Anderson NYCB Theatre At Westbury Westbury, New York October 8, 2013 Ian Anderson is a Scottish singer-songwriter who rose to fame as the flute-playing lead singer of the progressive British rock band Jethro Tull. Throughout its career, Jethro Tull released some of the rock era's most beloved albums, including: Benefit (Chrysalis Records, 1970), Aqualung (Chrysalis Records, 1971), Minstrel in the Gallery (Chrysalis Records, 1975), Crest of A Knave (Chrysalis Records, 1987), which somehow and inexplicably won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance, and the double LP quasi-compilation collection Living in the ...



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