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Oslo Jazz Festival 2018

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Oslo Jazz Festival Oslo, Norway August 15-17, 2018 Introduction The Norwegian capital Oslo bills itself as a festival city and, with around a thousand concerts each year, claims that it has the most concerts per inhabitant of any city in Europe. Included among those are the 70 plus events which made up the 2018 edition of the Oslo Jazz Festival. I can vouch for the festival's visibility too, as I spied an ad on the ...

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Marius Neset/Trondheim Jazz Orchestra: Lion

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Lion is a good name for Marius Neset's first recording with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, for like a great cat, the Norwegian orchestra purrs and prowls, roars and pounces. Regardless of tempo--whether cruising or charging--there's majesty in the collective voice. Commissioned for the Molde Jazz Festival in 2012, the momentum from that performance took Neset and this twelve-piece orchestra into the recording studio with spectacular results. In fourteen years, the TJO has become something of a Norwegian national ...

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Lion

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Despite having yet to make a breakthrough in North America, in the space of less than five years Marius Neset has gone from virtual unknown to one of Europe's hottest properties, gigging with his quartet all around the continent, including an incendiary showcase at the 2012 Jazzahead! trade show in Germany and an even more searing set at the 2014 Jazzkaar festival in Estonia. That this young Norwegian-born/Denmark-based saxophonist (still on the shy side of 30) has managed to achieve ...

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Trondheim Jazz Orchestra with Eirik Hegdal and Special Guest Joshua Redman: Triads and More

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In the ever-shrinking musical sphere, it's encouraging to find cross-pollination happening between less-than-likely--or, at least, unlikely on the surface--players. Watching saxophonist Joshua Redman as a guest with Norwegian violinist Ola Kvernberg's “Liarbird" project at Molde Jazz 2010, it became clear that, as excited as the Nordic continent was to share the stage with an American jazz “star," so, too, was Redman clearly struck by the talent around him. This was not Redman's first encounter with some of Norway's best young ...

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Chick Corea / Trondheim Jazz Orchestra: Live in Molde

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2006 seems to be a significant year for jazz's elder statespersons. Pianist Andrew Hill has seen a year full of recordings: new music, reissues and previously unreleased material, as well as an outstanding tribute by guitarist Nels Cline. Chick Corea, who's a few years younger than Hill, has released a new record and toured with trios focusing on his back catalog. Super Trio (Stretch, 2006) documented a tour where the pianist was clearly in control of the arrangements; however, Live ...