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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Acuna - Hoff - Mathisen: Barxeta

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With Jungle City (Alessa, 2009), Norwegians Jan Gunnar Hoff (keyboards) and Per Mathisen (bass) documented their meeting with Peruvian-born Alex Acuña, a Weather Report alum who leapt onto the international stage, first as percussionist and then kit drummer, on the fusion super group's Black Market (Columbia, 1976) and Heavy Weather (Columbia, 1977). That, after a first rehearsal in Tromsø--situated in Norway's far north--Acuña jumped out of his seat, screaming “We have to play much more together!" only meant that Jungle ...

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Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen: Jungle City

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While some accuse the musical innovations taking place in Scandinavia as diluting “America's art form," there's plenty of evidence to the contrary. Many of the artists regularly stretching jazz's boundaries by introducing outside references can play in the tradition; they just choose not to. With Finding Nymo (ACT, 2009), Norwegian trombonist Helge Sunde and his Ensemble Denada incorporated elements of modern technology, traditional music and cinematic Zappa-esque classicism, but swung hard--and with conviction--in the best tradition of American big band ...