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Pixel: Golden Years

Read "Golden Years" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pixel is not your prototypical Scandinavian jazz ensemble, evidenced by many ECM Records recording artists' known for integrating atmospherics and chamber-jazz proclivities into wide- open or temperate jazz improvisational forums. Of course, this is not a bad thing, yet the quartet adheres more to an Indie progressive jazz-centric rock vibe, largely fed by bassist, vocalist Ellen Andrea Wang's contempo and pop-like singing atop brisk grooves and hummable melodic content. With its third album, the Norwegian quartet takes a ...

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Pixel: We Are Small Pixels

Read "We Are Small Pixels" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Hailing from Norway, Pixel's debut release Reminder (Cuneiform, 2012) was a shot of adrenaline for many aficionados and critics with its sprightly and irrefutably seamless alliance between Indie Rock and progressive jazz. Led by bassist Ellen Andrea Wang and her alluring pop-like vocal delivery, there are few operating entities that sport a signature sound, merging technically challenging jazz compositions with radio-friendly vocal choruses and gushing with highly melodic content. On We Are All Small Pixels, the band hits its stride ...

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Pixel: Reminder

Read "Reminder" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

When a band is described as a “powerhouse indie-jazz ensemble" it's a surprise when the first tune on its debut release is a gentle and rather moving solo performance by the band's vocalist and double bassist. “Prelude," the tune in question, demonstrates the more reflective side of Pixel, a Norwegian quartet whose approach certainly includes powerhouse indie-jazz, but goes far wider than that. Pixel's driving force is the aforementioned vocalist, bassist and songwriter Ellen Andrea Wang, a graduate of the ...


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