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by Warren Allen
Gypsy jazz is hip again, with Hot Clubs springing up from Detroit to Cowtown. So in a world full of Django Reinhardt idolizers, how does Oslo's Hot Club de Norvege stack up? Suffice it to say that Svein Aarbostad (bass), Jon Larsen (guitar) and Per Frydenlund (guitar)--who have been friends since childhood--have been working on this music for 30 years now, and they know how to make their strings swing. Django Music also features the impressive Finn ...read more
by Stephen Latessa
Wistful is a fine title for this album by the Hallgeir Pedersen Trio. Led by guitarist Pedersen and featuring bassist Bjørn Alterhaug and drummer Trond Sverre Hansen, the trio maintains a quiet mood of reflection throughout the disc. What the album lacks in stylistic diversity is made up by its unified, almost meditative performances.
With the exception of an eight-minute exploration of Weill's My Ship, the tunes all fall under the five-minute mark. Accordingly, Pedersen occupies the majority ...read more