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Pernille Bévort: Roundabouts And Novellas

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It's been over three years since multi-reedist, singer composer and arranger Pernille Bévort released Perfect Organisation (Gateway, 2011), her outstanding bringing together of jazz and tango nuevo that featured bandoneon player Marcelo Nisinman. Bévort, however, hasn't been slacking off in any way in the intervening years, oh no. She's simply been occupied in the execution of jury duty. Sitting on a jury casting judgment on thousands of hopeful artists sounds like the typical talent-spotting shows that clog the TV schedules of countries the world over. But for Bévort, there were no TV cameras and no audience. Until ...

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Bévort 3: Trio Temptations

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Of late, multi-reed player, singer, composer and arranger Pernille Bévort has alternated between the elegant, quirky jazz of the Bévort/Schmidt quartet, and Radio Bévort, a jazz/tango project with bandoneon player Marcelo Nisinman or accordionist Francesco Cali. Playground + 1 (Calibrated, 2007) with Schmidt and Perfect Organisation (Gateway, 2011) with Nisinman represent only part of Bévort's talents, as she also plays, writes and arranges for some of Denmark's most important big bands. This latter facet of Bévort--the union of multiple voices--colors her trio debut with Bévort 3, the leader's most stripped-down, straight ahead offering for some time. A striking ...

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Pernille Bevort: Cowboys and Girls

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Since making her recording debut in the mid '90s, saxophonist/composer/arranger/vocalist Pernille Bevort has established herself as one of the leading lights on the Danish jazz scene, with half a dozen recordings as leader under her belt. Playground + 1 (Calibrated, 2007) provides ample proof of her outstanding musicianship, whether on tenor or soprano saxophone, as well as underlining her noteworthy compositional skills. In her native Copenhagen, Bevort brings her energy to duo, quartet, quintet, sextet and larger ensembles, and is a member of the Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band for which she also composes and arranges. All About ...

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Bevort - Schmidt: Playground + 1

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Playground + 1 is an apt name for this impressive release by this Danish quartet led by saxophonist/vocalist Pernille Bevort and pianist Marie Louis Schmidt, as in many ways a playground bears analogy to a jazz group. In both, freedom exists within boundaries and individual expression thrives within a group identity. There is a collective dependency and there are elements of idiosyncratic behaviour, moments of calm reflection, and, in the midst of the general harmony, there are occasional clashes. In the final analysis though, many voices sound as one.It would be wrong to infer from the title that ...

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Bevort: My Shop

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Pernille Bevort’s fifth album as a leader, My Shop, demonstrates the tenor saxophonist’s range of talents. She not only takes all the saxophone solos, but has composed, arranged and written the lyrics. Bevort writes the kind of accessible art songs Kurt Weill did so well, except she updates them for a modern audience with dirty guitars and touches of improvisation.

Bevort calls Denmark home, but her Special Edition octet hails from around Scandinavia and Europe. The horn section features a French flutist, Mariane Bitran; an Icelandic reedsman, Haukun Grondal; and a Danish bass clarinetist, Jesper Lovdal. Swedish vocalist ...



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