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Nick Sanders & Logan Strosahl: Janus

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Pianist Nick Sanders and saxophonist Logan Strosahl musical connection goes back to 2007 when they were both students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Since that time Sanders has release a number of albums, including You Are Creature with bassist Henry Fraser and drummer Connor Baker. The three players played on Strosahl's musically eclectic debut album of this year, Up Go We . The attitude of thinking of the entire canon of Western music to be “just ...

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Ellen Andersson Quartet: I'll Be Seeing You

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Swedish vocalist Ellen Andersson sings in a strangely forced way, trying to imitate Billie Holiday but sounding more like someone in dire need of a laxative. This is most apparent on “You've Changed," which Holiday recorded on her 1958 Columbia album Lady In Satin when past her prime. In 2013 another Swedish singer, Isabella Lundgren refashioned history, singing the song as Lady Day might have done when young, on another Prophone album, Ela, by ...

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Two Sides of Stunt: Jacob Anderskov and Jacob Christoffersen

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Stunt Records is the most prominent jazz label in Denmark, and for a long time they have released high quality jazz, but other genres have also caught the attention of label heads, Søren Friis and Peter Littauer. However, there is a decidedly mainstream appeal to many of their releases and the voices of the so-called avant-garde are relatively rarely heard. There have been attempts earlier to cover the more experimental alleys of jazz with the series Stunt X, but it ...

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Nick Sanders & Logan Strosahl: Janus

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Pianist Nick Sanders and saxophonist Logan Strosahl have named their duet outing Janus. The Janus of the Roman Empire era was a God with two faces, a God of time, with one gaze directed forward, the other backward in time. Sanders and Strosahl began playing in the duo format a decade ago, wood-shedding in the dorms at Boston's New England Conservatory, where they were both students. They revisit those sessions, in a sense, a wide-ranging, Janus-ian, forward/backward exploration ...

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Anderson / Stolt: Invention of Knowledge

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Guitarist Roine Stolt and fellow members of Swedish prog rock masters The Flower Kings, Tom Brislin (keys), Jonas Reingold (bass), Daniel Gildenlöw (backing vocals), Michael Stolt (bass) and Felix Lehrmann (drums) align with one of the founding fathers of the British prog movement Jon Anderson (Yes) for a strikingly arranged rock and electro-orchestral program, fabricated with an artistic flair. Stolt and associates would theoretically assume the roles of the 'newer' post-90s extension of prog's glory days, where bands such as ...

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Omri Ziegele Noisy Minority featuring Ray Anderson: Wrong is Right

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The Swiss trio Noisy Minority led by alto saxophonist-poet Omri Ziegele mocks the notion that you can make a clear-cut line between what is right and wrong in jazz or any improvised music. Their aesthetic goes deeper than the often-repeated inverse by pianist Kenny Barron: “if you don't make mistakes, you don't play jazz." Instead, Noisy Minority adopts Italian philosopher Alessandro Bertinetto argument that jazz is not an aesthetic of imperfection but a “perfection of the moment." These ...

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Dave Anderson: Blue Innuendo

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A follow up to his highly-acclaimed debut album Clarity (Pony Boy Records, 2010), saxophonist Dave Anderson presents his second foray into the modern jazz landscape but this time, adding a tinge of the blues with the artful and engaging Blue Innuendo, offering a selection of original music that sizzles and swings from beginning to end. The title of the album is drawn from an original song penned and dedicated to the great organ master Joey D'Francesco after hearing the organist ...

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Uwe Oberg - Frank Paul Schubert - Wilbert de Joode - Mark Sanders: Rope

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These upper-echelon European improvisers offer a grab bag of tasty treats in front of an audience at the Festival Just Music in Wiesbaden, Germany. This 2015 performance consists of three works, but the 35-minute opener “Drifter," is a tour de force amid a macrocosm of delicate phrasings, succinct shadings, ethereal background treatments and scorching, climactically driven buildups. Essentially, they keep you on the edge. Frank Paul Schubert's darting and weaving soprano sax lines and pianist Uwe Oberg's multifaceted ...


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