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Peloton: Helsinki, Finland, January 8, 2012

Read "Peloton: Helsinki, Finland, January 8, 2012" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Peloton The Cable Factory Helsinki, Finland November 2011--January 2012 January 8, 2012 Many a gigging musician has spent lengthy formative hours in an opera house pit, a symphony orchestra stand or, in this case, under the modern equivalent of a big top. With contemporary circus entertainment more compact--even low key at times--venues are typically former industrial project buildings rather than a portable canvas canopy, but other than the acoustics it's the same ...

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Peloton: Funeral, Circus and other music

Read "Funeral, Circus and other music" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

This might be something of a confusing album to track down, going under the same name as a Norwegian jazz quintet, issued on a little-known Finnish label, and featuring a style that is hard to readily classify. However, the big top featured on the cover sets the tone for this broad collection of pieces, as does the album title itself. With an eight-person crew, the music falls into the broad space between classical and free-form, produced by two violins, viola ...

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Peloton: Selected Recordings

Read "Selected Recordings" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There's a common perception of Norwegian jazz that links it to the Nordic sound: a cool, melancholic aesthetic propagated by the likes of Jan Garbarek, Helge Lien and Tord Gustavsen. The Rune Grammofon label has, however, brought a new strain into Norwegian jazz that has made it possible to disturb the image of icy mountain music in favor of a more wildly eclectic, experimental music.

While it is true that Peloton's Selected Recordings isn't released on Rune Grammofon, the record ...