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Clockwork: The Contest

Read "The Contest" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Trondheim, Norway's jazz conservatory has an excellent reputation for nurturing countless original musicians and outfits. Clockwork, a Norway/Sweden quartet, was formed in that conservatory in 2009 and, after numerous tours, now has The Contest, a debut co-produced, mixed and mastered by Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar. The compositions were written by three quartet members: pianist Oscar Grönberg (a member of Norway's Friends & Neighbors and Hanna Paulsberg's Concept, appearing on their respective Øra Fonogram debuts, 2011's No Beat ...

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Clockwork: Tesseract

Read "Tesseract" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This unique jazz vocal group came to public attention in 2004 by winning the Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival with its arrangements of Gershwin songs. The musicians describe themselves as “a cappella with a jazz point of view," and I don't suppose this is too far off the mark. It's a throwback to the renaissance of jazz vocal groups in the 1970s and 1980s, with names like The Ritz, Rare Silk, and Singers Unlimited. Although none of these ...


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