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Extended Analysis

Slav to the Rhythm

Read "Slav to the Rhythm" reviewed by John Kelman


It's hard to believe that music can be so compelling that, even if only heard in passing, it's still so absolutely memorable. Catching just the first few minutes of Farmers Market at Natt Jazz 2011, thanks to an ungodly airport pickup time the following morning, left such an impression that when the first notes of the opening title track to Slav to the Rhythm hit the speakers nearly a year later, it was immediately clear that this was the same ...

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Album Review

Stian Carstensen: Farmers Market

Read "Farmers Market" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


It’s not often that you will have an opportunity to hear a Bulgarian choir coexist with a Norwegian jazz-rock band along with guest musicians who utilize such divergent ethnic instruments as a tapan, a gaida (bagpipe) a gadulka (fiddle with 11 resonant strings) and more. Yet here on this sterling new effort by Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen and his band “Farmers Market”, we find a near a flawless melding of ethnocentric musical elements into tightly coordinated arrangements that transpire ever ...


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