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Angles + Elle-Kari With Strings: The Death Of Kalypso

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As a genre, jazz-opera is thinly populated. The recorded archive is marked more by quality than quantity, with albums by Mike Westbrook and Kate Westbrook, Carla Bley and Charlie Haden to the fore. But the best ever jazz-opera, in this parish anyway, predates anything by these musicians. Composer Todd Matshikiza and lyricist Pat Williams' King Kong premiered in the Great Hall of the University of Johannesburg in February 1959 to rapturous reviews, and went on to romp through sold-out proscenium-arch ...

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Andre Roligheten: Marbles

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Tenor saxophonist André Roligheten is best known outside his native Norway, and wider Scandinavia, as a member of drummer Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity and as a composer/arranger in the berserker big band, Supersonic Orchestra. Nilssen returns the favour on Marbles, one of Roligheten's infrequent own-name releases. The album has grown out of a band Roligheten put together in spring 2021 for the Trondheim Jazz Festival, which had commissioned a new piece from him. The band was called ...

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Johan Lindstrom & Norrbotten Big Band: Johan Lindstrom & Norrbotten Big Band

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Continua a sfornare grandi album Moserobie, etichetta creata da Jonas Kullhammar sassofonista e illuminato agitatore musicale svedese. Perché di un grande album questo Johan Lindstrom & Norrbotten Big Band si tratta. Non il classico schema solista-orchestra ma un organismo proteiforme, sorprendente, che si scompone, si assottiglia, si nasconde, esplode, si rilassa, creatura dadaista che solletica i sensi, e fa volare l'immaginazione. E così l'incedere marziale di “Parade," tra hard rock e liriche aperture, scalda i motori, “Blues ...

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Vilhelm Bromander: In This Forever Unfolding Moment

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Ornette Coleman's haunting “Lonely Woman" is becoming something of a 2023 soundtrack. At the time of writing, we have had memorable versions from Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble on Spirit Gatherer (Spirit Muse), and Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter on The Iridescent Spree (Edition), plus another couple of efforts about which the less said the better. Here comes a third boss edition. Sort of. “Låt Våra Tårar Bli Våra Vapen," which opens side two of Vilhelm Bromander's ...

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Mattias Ståhl: What I'm Listening To Now

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Mattias Ståhl is a Swedish jazz vibraphonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. A key figure on the nordic jazz scene, he is active both as a leader and a sideman in countless projects including Eirik Hegdal's Team Hegdal, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, IPA and many more. 1. Thelonious Monk, Solo Monk, (Columbia, 1965). I always return to this one, I listen to a lot of Bach but after a while I need something to shake loose, Monk ...

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Mattias Stahl : gli album che sto ascoltando

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1. Thelonious Monk, Solo Monk, (Columbia, 1965). Ritorno sempre a questo disco, ascolto un sacco di Bach ma dopo un po' ho bisogno di qualcosa per staccare e Monk è la ricetta. E lo preferisco in solo o in trio. 2. Getatchew Mekurya, Negus of Ethiopian Sax , (Philips, 1970). Musica fantastica, questi valzer con un solo accordo che si ripete all'infinito e l'ipnotica atmosfera. 3. The Charles Lloyd Quartet, Dream ...

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Angles: A Muted Reality

Read "A Muted Reality" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen, all music is folk music. Proof of that statement is the Angles' release A Muted Reality. Whether he is referencing Balkan, African, Swedish, American jazz or Spanish dialects, he is drawing on kindred spirits in his music. With the various editions of his Angles projects, from trios to 10-piece small big bands, he releases music of the people, i.e. people music. This version of Küchen's Angles is an octet and the eleventh in a continuous ...


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