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Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer

Read "Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If jazz is, as someone put it, the sound of surprise, then it makes complete sense that countless musicians have become enamored with the music of Björk. Like the most innovative jazz musicians, Bjork is a restless artist who tries to continuously reinvent herself, often blending familiar sources in completely unprecedented ways, and deliberately challenging the status quo. In these two hours we'll check out some of the most intriguing jazz renditions of her work. Happy listening! ...

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Bj: Gling-Gl

Read "Gling-Gl" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

If Van Morrison is the headline act of this year's Reykjavik Jazz Festival, then maybe it makes sense that trip-hop diva Björk is Iceland's biggest name with a jazz album.

And here's a further shock: it's a pretty good one.

Gling-Gló is available in the US for the first time following its rerelease by One Little Indian late in 2003. It is one of Björk's first albums, recorded three years before her 1993 solo debut, ...

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Bj: Scorch Trio

Read "Scorch Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

What immediately hits you about the music of the Scorch Trio is their raw intensity and singularity of purpose. Guitarist Raoul Björkenheim, born in Los Angeles, has spent most of his musical career in Finland. He has recorded with Edvard Vesala, Bill Laswell, Nicky Skopelitis, and his own band Krakatau. He brings a passion for Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman to this guitarist trio format.

Backing Björkenheim is one of the hottest rythm sections in jazz ...