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Anders Jormin / Lena Willemark / Karin Nakagawa: Trees of Light

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It's not often that a new recording appears on ECM from Anders Jormin--a bassist who is, perhaps, best-known for his work in fellow Swede Bobo Stenson's ongoing trio, last heard on 2012's superb Indicum (ECM), and for his tenure, alongside Stenson, in Charles Lloyd's career-defining 1990s quartets, collected recently in the Old & New Masters Edition box Quartets (ECM, 2013). But if the bassist's own projects for the label are far from frequent--his last release, 2012's Ad Lucem, and before ...

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Rich Keith: Pure Jazz Radio

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As a jazz performer with a career spanning decades, I've seen the music industry and jazz scene continually evolve, embracing radio, television, the internet, and beyond to grow and interact with the audience. Rich Keith, part time on-air host at WBGO and, since 2009, owner and general manager of Pure Jazz Radio, is a champion of jazz.Β Keith has been on the radio in the New York Metropolitan Area since 1977, most of that time featuring jazz and songs ...

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Olie Brice / Tobias Delius / Mark Sanders: Somersaults

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Hot on the heels of Immune to Clockwork (Multikulti Project, 2014) by his own quintet comes another fine album featuring bassist Olie Brice. He organised the December 2014 studio recording session for Somersaults which features a trio in which Brice is joined by drummer Mark Sanders, with whom he frequently plays (notably in the Riverloam Trio with Polish saxophonist Mikolaj Trzaska, arguably a dry run for this grouping). This trio is completed by long-time ICP Orchestra member Tobias Delius on ...

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Chuck Anderson Trio at Melodies Cafe

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Chuck Anderson Trio Melodies Cafe Ardmore, PA April 11, 2015 The Chuck Anderson Trio marked a long overdue end to the winter with their first performance of the 2015 season. The trio, consisting of guitarist Chuck Anderson, bassist Eric Schreiber, and drummer Ed Rick played at Melodies Café in Ardmore, PA. An intimate venue, Melodies was filled with an attentive and informed jazz audience. The trio came out strong, starting with “Bag's Groove" ...

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Vossa Jazz 2015

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VOSSA JAZZ Voss March 28 -29, 2015 Vossa Jazz, founded in 1973, an annual three-day event with a great variety of groups and acts, is a highly prestigious jazz festival in Norway. Thanks especially to its commissions and awards, it has an important national and international function. In 1983 the festival became the first in Europe to start assigning commission work. After more than 30 years the series has become an impressive list including ...

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Tobias Delius / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders: Somersaults

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Any lineup which contains reedman Tobias Delius deserves attention. Born in England to an Argentinean father and a German mother, Delius was a longtime staple of the adventurous Amsterdam scene before his relocation to Berlin in 2007, though he's still a fixture with the ICP Orchestra. On Somersaults, he teams up with the talented British rhythm tandem of bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders, who also helm the wonderful Riverloam Trio with Polish reedman Mikolaj Trzaska. As a threesome ...

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Nick Sanders Trio: You Are A Creature

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It's sad to say, but many newly-formed piano trios tend to suffer by comparison before they ever get off the ground. So many of these groups consciously or unwittingly walk along well-trod paths, referencing legendary jazz figures or following trails of sonic breadcrumbs dropped by latter day lodestars like Brad Mehldau, The Bad Plus, or Jason Moran, to name a few. But despite that fact, there's always hope and there are always a rare few artists who manage to contribute ...

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Exhaustion / Kris Wanders: Exhaustion / Kris Wanders

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The marriage of punk rock to free jazz is a natural fit. Both art forms are DIY; punk a rejection of corporate rock-n-roll of the 1970s and free jazz, the stasis of jazz, some fifty years post-birth. Today, we find Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore playing with The Thing, Borbetomagus, The Ex and Ken Vandermark, John Zorn's Painkiller, and Zu with Mats Gustafsson, to name just a few collaborations. This single-sided LP, released in a limited edition of 150 ...



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