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Scheen Jazzorkester & Thomas Johansson: As We See It...

Read "As We See It..." reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Given the breadth of the Clean Feed label's extensive Scandinavian improvisation and free jazz discography, this large-scale orchestra, featuring venerable trumpeter Thomas Johansson, is not strictly framed on avant-garde persuasions. In fact, the predominate x-factor that deals the KO punch is how hummable melodic hooks alluringly coexist with emotive soloing without an endless range of cacophonic dialogue, which is an element that, at times, can pose severe listening fatigue for the willing listener. With forceful melodies and a ...

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Thomas Johansson: Home Alone

Read "Home Alone" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When does this guy breathe? This might be the question going through your mind while you listen to “Signal This," the fifth track on Side A of trumpeter Thomas Johansson's solo recording Home Alone. The brief, three minute performance is, at first glance, more about physicality than music making. On the surface, a solo trumpet performance is corporeal. This is just the nature of the trumpet, perhaps the most difficult instrument to master because each flub or flaw in execution ...

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Thomas Johansson/Øyvind Storesund/Paal Nilssen-Love: Revolution Before Lunch

Read "Revolution Before Lunch" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is probably no way to avoid the parochial mindset of the American jazz listener. Take the release Revolution Before Lunch by the Scandinavian trio of Thomas Johansson, Øyvind Storesund, and Paal Nilssen-Love. You might listen to a few notes of Johansson's trumpet as “Close As Hail" opens the affair and think, oh yeah, it's Magnus Broo performing. Well, no, Broo is Swedish and Johansson--Norwegian. Mistaking a Norwegian for a Swede is just about as wrong as assuming a New ...


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