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David Angel Big Band: Camshafts and Butterflies

Read "Camshafts and Butterflies" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Like the proverbial tree falling in an empty forest, if a big band plays but no one hears it, does it still make a sound? That's basically the story of the David Angel Big Band, which has been rehearsing nearly every week for well-nigh half a century but has been heard by almost no one until now. Angel, a saxophonist / arranger who has made a good living for many years “ghost-writing" music for television and films and teaching composition ...

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David's Angels: What It Seems

Read "What It Seems" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

David's Angels creates stimulating sonic landscapes out of a unique fusion of various genres. Although electric bassist David Carlsson is the nominal leader of this innovative Danish-Swedish quartet and the producer of its second release, What It Seems, the album's signature sound is built around singer Sofie Norling's haunting delivery and incandescent tone. Norling not only penned all the lyrics, she also composed the music on this dark-hued paean to love's demise, together with keyboardist Maggi Olin.The melancholic ...

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David's Angels: What It Seems

Read "What It Seems" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Swedish quartet David's Angels has proven in its debut release, Substar (Kopasetic, 2010), its ability to encompass emotionally charged issues with expressive, storytelling musical articulations. The sophomore release puts this approach in a more demanding test. What It Seems chronicles the demise of a meaningful love affair and its protagonist, singer-songwriter Sofie Norling making the peace process with its emotional implications-- the feeling of betrayal, loneliness, anger but also the needed sense of liberation. Norling's songs ...

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David's Angels: Substar

Read "Substar" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

David's Angels is the debut release of a Swedish outfit featuring young singer/songwriter Sofie Norling and composer/pianist Maggi Olin. It is a beautiful eight song-cycle focused on troubled relationship--belonging, sorrow and letting go--that travels into a deeply emotional and sonic journey. Norling has a clear, warm, angel-like voice that can soar into the upper registers, and always suggests close intimacy. Olin, together with Danish drummer Michala Østergaard-Nielsen, electric bassist David Carlsson and guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen (Olin's ...


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