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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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Gratkowski / Kruglov / Nabatov / Yudanov: Leo Records 35th Anniversary - Moscow

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It would be suitable for UK-based Leo Records' 35th anniversary concert to be held at an arts venue in Moscow. It's the third anniversary concert thus far and reminds many of us avant jazz advocates that this record label has been the primary conduit between Russian's frequently cloistered, cutting edge artists and the West, hearkening back to the Cold War. Proprietor, Leo Feigin has produced either nascent or renowned artists such as Anthony Braxton and Marilyn Crispell spanning the past ...

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Thommy Andersson/Peter Nilsson/Jacob Anderskov: Triofolded

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This masterful recording by Swedish-born, Denmark-resident bassist Thommy Andersson and Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov, plus Swedish drummer Peter Nilsson--each of them a leader in his own right--presents a Nordic interpretation of free improvised music. The focus of the trio is not on energetic, dense and fiery playing but on the intensity of responsive and patient interplay, tonal richness, and changing dynamics, where the leader of each improvisation is challenged by the other players in true democratic manner, free of any ...

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Frank Gratkowski / Jacob Anderskov: Ardent Grass

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The reeds-piano duo is hardly overdone within the recorded canon, but then neither has it been as rare or unusual as some lineups. This particular duo is apparently not unaware of this, and there's a personality to its work that's entirely its own.There's a little of Anthony Braxton about Frank Gratkowski's alto sax playing on the opening “Narrative" but not enough to distract the ear from the profundity of the music-making. Pianist Jacob Anderskov's touch is, by turns, ...

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Frank Gratkowski / Jacob Anderskov: Ardent Grass

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Over the years, reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalist Frank Gratkowski has formed a series of potent combinations with other musicians. His first was with Georg Graewe in 1992 before he went on to fruitful collaborations with Gerry Hemingway, Wilbert DeJoode, Michael Vatcher and Herb Robertson, among others. Gratkowski has the ingrained ability to turn the presence of his musical partners into a creative force that exemplifies the art of improvisation, and does it once more with pianist Jacob Anderskov on Ardent Grass, which ...

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Jacob Anderskov: Newspeak; Ears to the Ground; Panta Rhei

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Anderskov Accident Newspeak ILK Music 2008 Jacob Anderskov/Airto Moreira Ears to the Ground ILK Music 2008 Jacob Anderskov Panta Rhei ILK Music 2008

With over a dozen CDs as leader since his 2001 debut, Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov is a celebrated name in ...

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Jacob Anderskov Trio: On The Loose

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About five years ago, Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov spent a prolonged period in NYC, during which he developed an imaginative partnership with the versatile downtown bassist Michael Formanek. Resulting releases from a trio, rounded out by drummer Anders Morgensen, have been adventurous undertakings of original music. On the Loose continues that course with five extended, semi-structured pieces that are each set off by short, freer cuts. The melodically accessible “Alibaba's Inauguration grabs hold with its pumping drum ...

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Jacob Anderskov Trio: On The Loose

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On The Loose is exactly what the title implies for the latest release by the Jacob Anderskov Trio. Free-flowing, in the moment, and performed with abandon yet complete control, the music is a good representation of a modern piano trio that is not limited to standards or idioms of the past but instead thrives to stretch for creative expression.

Young Danish pianist Anderskov has made an impression with fans and critics as an artist who shows no fear for pushing ...