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Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer


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If jazz is, as someone put it, the sound of surprise, then it makes complete sense that countless musicians have become enamored with the music of Björk. Like the most innovative jazz musicians, Bjork is a restless artist who tries to continuously reinvent herself, often blending familiar sources in completely unprecedented ways, and deliberately challenging the status quo. In these two hours we'll check out some of the most intriguing jazz renditions of her work.

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  • Ben Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz Theme (Self-released) 0:00
  • Yaron Herman Trio "Army of Me" A Time for Everything (Laborie) 0:17
  • Host talks 6:16
  • Jeff "Tain" Watts "107 Steps" Detained at the Blue Note (Half Note) 8:14
  • Björk "It's Oh So Quiet" Post (Elektra) 21:38
  • Host talks 25:13
  • Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra "I Go Humble" I Go Humble (Zoho) 26:59
  • The Yuri Honing Trio "Isobel" Orient Express (Jazz in Motion) 34:46
  • Björk "Kata Rokkar" Gling-Gló (Smekkleysa) 42:42
  • Host talks 45:35
  • Marcus Strickland "Scatterheart" Idiosyncrasies (Strick Muzik) 48:16
  • Larry Goldings "Cocoon" Quartet (Palmetto) 54:55
  • Paolo Angeli "Desired Constellation" Tessuti-Paolo Angeli Plays Björk, Frith (RER) 1:01:57
  • Host talks 1:08:58
  • Dave Douglas Quintet "Unison" Live at the BimHuis (Greenleaf) 1:10:57
  • Joël Allouche "Frosti" Close Meeting (Cristal) 1:22:24
  • Host talks 1:27:46
  • The Bad Plus "Human Behavior" The Bad Plus 3 Pak -EP (Columbia) 1:29:06
  • The 3 Moons "Five Years" Voyage (Jazz Engine) 1:34:33
  • Ann Dyer "Bacherlorette" When I Close My Eyes (Sunnyside) 1:40:17
  • Host talks 1:44:01
  • Ada Montellanico "Joga" Suono di donna (Incipit) 1:45:37
  • Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra "Enjoy" Enjoy! (Koch) 1:53:38
  • Iris Ornig "Venus as a Boy" No Restrictions (Self-released) 1:57:57
  • Harmen Fraanje Quintet "Oceania" Ronja (Challenge Jazz) 2:04:30
  • Host talks 2:08:52
  • Fredrik Nordstrom Quintet "The Modern Things" Moment (Moserobie) 2:12:09

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