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Nacka Forum: We Are The World

Read "We Are The World" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Doom and gloom begone, now for some serious fun. Nacka Forum is back with their fifth recording. The Swedish/Danish quartet cherry picks the biography of jazz for the juiciest and sweetest music, combining systems and methodologies from Ornette Coleman to Sun Ra to create a high-spirited concoction of jazz entertainment. Spinning We Are The World you get the idea, that in addition to the listener's, the pleasure of making this music is also the quartet's. Opening with a ...

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Jonas Kullhammar: Gentlemen

Read "Gentlemen" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar continues to capture the late-fifties and early-sixties Blue Note sound. That magic golden age of jazz, when legends roamed roamed the earth, and recorded their music at Rudy Van Gelder's studio. His music conjures names like Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane. The twelve compositions recorded here are the motion picture soundtrack for Gentlemen, an adaptation of Klas Östergren's novel, directed by Mikael Marcimain. The film features the club scenes of 1960s and ...

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Kullhammar - Aalberg - Zetterberg: Basement Sessions Vol. 2

Read "Basement Sessions Vol. 2" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is the second installment of the Swedish trio's manifold and largely, hard-hitting Basement Sessions motif for Clean Feed Records. And while the artists incorporate a high level of experimentation, they intertwine old school jazz values into the big picture via structured compositions and free-flight improvisations amid an aggregation of contrasting hues, capacious soundscapes and more. From a trio standpoint, the musicians bring quite a bit to the forefront. They expand, contract and generate some blazing, red-zone like turbulence with ...

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Jonas Kullhammar Old and New Ways

Read "Jonas Kullhammar Old and New Ways" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish great saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar always knew to position his musical activities in a rich historical, musical and artistic context, often with a sharp sense of humor. His tenor playing owes much to such great American post-bop sax players as John Coltrane (and his quartet covered recently Coltrane seminal A Love Supreme), but also to iconic Swedish fire-blowers Lars Gullin, Bernt Rosengren, with whom he recorded recently, and Gilbert Holmström. The two albums with Holmström New Quintet and his last ...

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Jonas Kullhammar Quartet: Låt Det Vara

Read "Låt Det Vara" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If someone told you that jazz wasn't invented in America, you would say they were crazy. Insane. Next thing they might submit is that Christopher Columbus didn't discover the New World. Oops, okay discounting the Native Americans already here, there's that Scandinavian guy Leif Ericson that came through the East Village about 500 years before Chris. That's why you might avoid any musical debate over the finest tenor saxophonists working in jazz today. When fans declare the Swedes, ...

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The State of Jonas Kullhammar's Moserobie 2010

Read "The State of Jonas Kullhammar's Moserobie 2010" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The brainchild of Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar, Moserobie Music has released nearly one hundred discs to date in May 2010. Kullhammar's vision to “save the world through good music" might be a bit ambitious, but perhaps the venture is more important than the destination. Moserobie has released music by familiar names including saxophonist Hakon Kornstad and pianist Havard Wiik. The label's strength is its adventure-loving character, allowing for experimentation and an unmistakable penchant for making pleasurable music.Jonas Kullhammar ...

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The Half Naked Truth (1998-2008)

Read "The Half Naked Truth (1998-2008)" reviewed by Marc Medwin

Jonas Kullhammar The Half Naked Truth (1998-2008) Moserobie 2009

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar's quartet drops an eight-disc set of live tracks and studio recordings. It traces the group's development as this energetic quartet comes to terms with a formidable musical legacy that includes everything from bebop virtuosity to New Thing exploration. The fact that their music is successful speaks to how well they have assimilated and ...


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