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Butch Lacy / Jesper Løvdal / Kresten Osgood / Mark Dresser: Being Playing

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The reason why it is so important to musicians and listeners alike that records are released is that they are artistic statements, but also because they document the development of the musicians. Sometimes, when a musician releases very few records, the release of an album becomes an event and a rare chance to catch up with the musical language of the artist. Such is the case with the album Being Playing that shows the transformation of the eminent pianist Butch ...


Jazz for Kids: Copenhagen Jazz Festival

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Jazz for Kids: Folkegaven (Kresten Osgood & Lars Greve) and Sun Ra for KidsCopenhagen Jazz Festival Søndermarken Park, Frederiksberg July 10, 2015 The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a massive event, lasting 10 days, offering 1,200 concerts that envelope all corners of the Danish capital and draws an audience of about 250,000 people. Some of them are children, enjoying a special six-day program designed for them, featuring some of the best musicians performing at the festival. ...


Masabumi Kikuchi / Ben Street / Thomas Morgan / Kresten Osgood

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The German poet, philosopher and literary critic Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829) had an affinity for the fragment as an art form and in his Athenaeumsfragment 206, he wrote about it, saying that: “[a] fragment, like a small work of art, has to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world and be complete in itself like a hedgehog." Like a true Romantic poet, Schlegel saw the unique potential of the fragment as something that could point ...


Steven Bernstein / Marcus Rojas / Kresten Osgood: Tattoos and Mushrooms

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The line-up of slide trumpet, tuba and drums is, to say the least, somewhat unusual in jazz. As is the choice of Hank Williams' “So Lonesome I Could Cry" as a vehicle for improvisation. On Tattoos and Mushrooms, trumpeter Steven Bernstein, tubaist Marcus Rojas and drummer Kresten Osgood go boldly into aural regions where no man has gone before. To put it another way, this is not what Count Basie called “music to pat your foot to." ...


Michael Blake / Kresten Osgood: Control This

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Interstellar Space (Impulse!, 1965), John Coltrane's raucous tenor sax duo album with drummer Rashied Ali, is widely considered the pinnacle achievement of such instrumental pairings. Its blistering intensity continues to haunt similar efforts, yet there are a few intrepid souls who have opted for a more subtle, dynamic approach--one which favors conversational interplay over kinetic fury.

New York-based saxophonist Michael Blake and Danish drummer Kresten Osgood are two such explorers. Longstanding collaborators, they served as sidemen to organist ...


Paul Bley / Kresten Osgood: Florida

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"Without Paul Bley, there would be no Keith Jarrett" is conventional jazz wisdom perhaps, but worth repeating. Bley's expansive and unfettered approach to the keyboard (acoustic and electric) has provided a viable alternative for generations of artists seeking a creative path beyond the kinetic tendencies of Bley's principle peer, Cecil Taylor.

Bley, now 75, made his recording debut with Charlie Parker in 1953. Exploring an endless variety of aesthetic concepts and instrumental line-ups over the years, he has ...


Kresten Osgood: Violet Violets & When I Have You

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Sam Rivers / Ben Street / Kresten Osgood Violet Violets Stunt Records Stunt 2005

As he enters his 80s, Sam Rivers has accomplished the remarkable feat of remaining creatively viable over the course of a 45-plus year career. A free jazz improviser before free jazz improvisation had been given a name, Rivers was sort of the odd man out on the Blue Note roster during the straight-ahead days of its ...


Sam Rivers/Ben Street/Kresten Osgood: Violet Violets

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Since this group's first CD was called Purple Violets, what would be more appropriately redundant than naming the sequel Violet Violets? The legendary Sam Rivers did it again--actually both CD's are a result of the same great session, and this is another one without a dull moment. The lineup is the same, except vibraphonist Bryan Carrott is not featured on these tracks.

The young and very talented Danish drummer Kresten Osgood suggested this project to the Danish Stunt jazz label. ...

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