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Rymden + KORK: Rymden + KORK

Read "Rymden + KORK" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (aka KORK) performs each year at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. By contrast, it has also twice provided backing to the Eurovision Song Contest in Norway. Intriguing then to find them linking up with Bugge Wesseltoft, leader of Rymden and a pianist-composer whose work is both learned and accessible. Both parties create music that hammers at the spine, whilst also tingling it. The name of Wesseltoft's trio means “outer space" or “universe," whereas KORK is an ...

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Rymden: Space Sailors

Read "Space Sailors" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Outer space and cosmic jazz have long been a match made beyond heaven. The latest act throwing their hat into Saturn's rings is the excellent Norwegian band Rymden, featuring keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft. The trio has clearly boned up on Sun Ra and Lonnie Liston Smith, but rockier influences are present too from the likes of Hawkwind, The Doors, Soft Machine, even Throbbing Gristle, with Marc Moulin's acid jazztronics in there as well. Closer to home, you can hear ...

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Mattias Risberg's Mining: Zauberberg

Read "Zauberberg" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg has teamed up with a range of well-known northern European born or based improvisers, including saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist and vocalist Jennie Abrahamson. He remains largely unknown in the U.S. but garnered well-deserved attention for And Now the Queen--A Tribute to Carla Bley (Lilalo records, 2016), a duo recording with Ljungkvist. Risberg lives between two musical worlds as a post-modern composer with an affinity for (relatively) old-world instruments. His inspirations are no less diverse: he cites ...

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Rymden: Reflections And Odysseys

Read "Reflections And Odysseys" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Reflections & Odysseys gifts to the listening world the debut of pianist Bugge Wesseltoft's new trio—called Rymden—with bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus Öström. The rhythm section, best known as part of e.s.t. (led by the late Esbjörn Svensson), serves Wesseltoft with fresh purpose, at once grateful for what came before and eager to chart maps ahead. It's a dual aesthetic embodied not only in the album's title, but also in its approach to crafting sound as a realm in ...

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Rymden: Reflections And Odysseys

Read "Reflections And Odysseys" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Is it mere coincidence, or fate, that Bugge Wesseltoft and the late Esbjo Svensson were both born in the same quarter of 1964? More to the point, Wesseltoft, having effectively merged his New Conception of Jazz with the two surviving members of Svensson's e.s.t., has now hatched a veritable Scandinavian supergroup. The formation of Rymden is a welcome move since it provides an excellent vehicle for Wesseltoft and the virtuoso rhythm section of bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus Öström. ...

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Esbjörn Svensson Trio: 301

Read "301" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sidney, gennaio 2007. Svensson, Berglund e Öström si ritrovano allo studio 301 a improvvisare una jam session che durerà ininterrottamente per due giorni interi, registrando circa 9 ore di musica. Quella sarà l'ultima seduta di registrazione degli E.S.T. perché nel giugno dell'anno successivo Svensson ha un incidente durante un immersione subacquea nel mare intorno a Stoccolma e muore. Dalla session australiana era stato intanto ricavato materiale per Leucocyte, uscito nel 2008: album che annunciava una svolta stilistica del trio, maggiormente ...

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Tonbruket: Dig It to the End

Read "Dig It to the End" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dan Berglund, impostosi come contrabbassista del trio EST, è qui alla testa di un quartetto svedese giunto al secondo lavoro, a cavallo tra più stili, ma anche piuttosto originale e interessante. La musica dei Tonbruket si muove infatti su atmosfere estremamente variate, fortemente marcate dal rock, con momenti anche di grande intensità e dinamismo - come per esempio nel brano iniziale - ma sempre evocative e mai hard; tuttavia, la cifra generale prevede a più riprese momenti più intimistici e ...


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