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Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii

Read "Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Things get a little rockin' this time out with the powerful guitar of Raoul Bjorkenheim and a top Italian quartet digging into the music of John Coltrane. Then he's front and center in the J&F Band, a mostly Italian ensemble, led by legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and bassist Joe Fonda (and Joe sings! Who knew?). South African tenor player Linda Sikhakhane had to do his senior recital at The New School so why not be as comfortable as ...



Raoul Bjorkenheim, Billy Hart, Robert Glasper and More

Read "Raoul Bjorkenheim, Billy Hart, Robert Glasper and More" reviewed by Len Davis

In the second part of this week's show we continue our perusal of new Progressive-Rock, Avant-Garde Jazz and R&B releases, including gems from Raoul Bjorkenheim's Italian project, Bill Hart Robert Glasper and more. Enjoy the show! Playlist Raoul Bjorkenheim “Saturn" from Saturn (Long Song) 00:00 Robert Glasper “Resting Warrior" from Collagically Speaking (Blue Note) 06:36 Djabe “Return to Somewhere" from Live in Edmonton (GR 1993) 29:44 Bob Lanzetti “B" from Whose Feet Are These That Are ...


Album Review

Raoul Bjorkenheim and eCsTaSy: eCsTaSy

Read "eCsTaSy" reviewed by Dave Wayne

For me, guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim is one of those musicians whose albums are always the subject of eager anticipation. His playing is both emotionally cathartic and intellectually gratifying. His highly-charged, utterly distinctive and immediately recognizable sound has been at the center of a number of fascinating cooperative groups over the past few years, including Scorch Trio with Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, the quartet Krakatau and ad hoc groupings with the likes of Hamid Drake, William Parker, Bill Laswell, ...


Album Review

Raoul Bjorkenheim / Bill Laswel / Morgen Agren: BLIXT

Read "BLIXT" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Few musicians are more aware that music has no borders, and--more than anything else--that the word “genre" is anathema, than Bill Laswell. The bassist has been uncompromising in this regard throughout his career and was not about to be undone for this musical adventure. Consequently, on the brilliantly crafted BLIXT, Laswell has partnered with an old cohort, guitarist Raoul Björkenheim, and a slightly newer one, drummer Morgen Ågren. Together, they are involved in the creation of some of the finest ...


Multiple Reviews

Raoul Bj

Read "Raoul Bj" reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

Raoul Björkenheim/William Parker/Hamid DrakeDMG @ The Stone, Vol. 2DMG-ARC2008 Scorch TrioBrolt! Rune Grammofon2008 BoxStudio 1 Rune Grammofon2008 Los Angeles-born, Finnish guitarist Raoul Björkenheim spent the better part of this decade living in New York City before returning to Finland, regularly blazing his way through exuberant sets ...



Raoul Bjorkenheim: Guitarist Between Two Continents

Read "Raoul Bjorkenheim: Guitarist Between Two Continents" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Raoul Bjorkenheim is a guitarist born and brought up in the States by his Finnish mother. After completing studies at Berklee he has spent most of his professional life between the two countries, working with the likes of Finnish percussionist/composer Edward Vesala or progressive producer/bassist Bill Laswell. He achieved recognition on both sides of the Atlantic in the early 1990's with his own band Krakatau with two stunning recordings Ritual and Alive, the former now being rereleased on Cuneiform. The ...


Album Review

Raoul Bj: Shadowglow

Read "Shadowglow" reviewed by Rico Cleffi

There are moments on Shadowglow where Raoul Björkenheim and Lukas Ligeti achieve such an intuitive balance that it's hard to tell who's playing what. Björkenheim is a percussive guitarist, Ligeti a melodic drummer who plays the kit (and a variety of other percussion instruments) with remarkable fluidity. Björkenheim is capable of making his guitar sound like a thumb piano, a gamelan, or a sandstorm. The two players are clearly listening, and the music breathes and swells accordingly. Noisy ...


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