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Articles by Jakob Baekgaard

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Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series

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In England there is a solid tradition for crate digging and appreciation of American music. In fact, the whole idea of Northern Soul is based on the concept of English hipsters digging out rare soul gems in the sixties and giving them new life on the dance floor. However, the English mod scene, as it was called, did not limit itself to soul. Jazz was also on the radar of the young hipsters and they liked to dance to acid ...

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Lefty Frizzell: An Article from Life

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To a singer of popular music, one song can make the difference. For country singer/songwriter Lefty Frizzell that song was “If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time." The song was recorded on Frizzell's first session for Columbia Records on July 25, 1950, and was the second of four songs recorded that day, the other three were “I Love You A Thousand Ways," “Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday)" and “Cold Feet." They were all Frizzell classics, but “If You've ...

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Festival Jazz International Rotterdam 2018

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Festival Jazz International Rotterdam LantarenVenster Rotterdam October 26-28, 2018 As a jazz enthusiast strolling along the beautiful waterfront of Rotterdam, encountering the name Van Gelder almost seems too good to be true. Even though in this case, the name is found on a truck and refers to a corporation that sells fruit and not the famous jazz engineer Rudy van Gelder of Blue Note fame. However, Rotterdam is truly a jazz city, and this is ...

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Klaus Nørgaard: Village Life

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Some albums seem to capture a season perfectly. Jazz bassist Klaus Nørgaard, a mainstay of the Danish scene, has done this with Village Life, an album that brims with autumnal delight. The track “August Dance" is the equivalent of watching many-colored leaves dance in the wind. Drummer RJ Miller makes a light beat like castanets. He is accompanied by the elegant horn duo of saxophonist Ned Ferm and trombonist Mads Hyhne. At first, Nørgaard does not command ...

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Singer/songwriters from the Shadows: Jay Bolotin and Ted Lucas

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Fame is an elusive thing. Some make it, and some don't. However, sometimes good songs emerge out of nowhere and lost legends are found again. Singer/songwriters Jay Bolotin and Ted Lucas are good examples of talented songwriters who have remained unknown for a long time, but now get a chance to catch the spotlight thanks to the work of dedicated reissue labels like Delmore Recording Society and Yoga Records. Jay Bolotin No One Seems to Notice ...

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Jacob Anderskov: Into the Mystery

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Music is essentially a mystery. There are multiple ways of shaping sounds and just as many ways of perceiving them. Danish pianist and Associate Professor at Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Jacob Anderskov, has examined the possibilities of music from a practical and scholarly point of view for a long time. His research is reflected by his records and his records are a way of documenting the process of musical exploration. The project Action VS. Reaction. New Music for Strings, ...

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CTI on BGO

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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." The echo of Charles Dickens' famous novel A Tale of Two Cities is suitable to describe the climate of jazz when Creed Taylor launched CTI. It was 1970 and acoustic jazz was in crisis. Following the invasion of rock, it had survived by becoming electric, but the question was if jazz didn't get lost in translation? To Taylor the mission was simple. He wanted to bring jazz into ...

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Gabriel Naïm Amor: Moments Before

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The idea of storytelling in music has been used and abused to describe almost any kind of playing with a melodic arc and logical progression, but true musical storytelling is not just about lines forming a pattern, but rather entails creating emotional spaces where it is just as important to leave things out as it is to fill in the blanks. Too often it is assumed that playing a lot means saying a lot, but in fact the strongest statements ...

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Eliot Cardinaux: Sweet Beyond Witness

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These days words seem to narrow the world instead of making it wide. Short, simple statements are floating around, just as quickly read as they are forgotten. Poetry is not an alternative to everyday language, but it provides a necessary supplement that reminds us that humans are complex beings--not just customers whose behavior and psychology can be predicted by clicks. A space is needed where complex emotions can be expressed in a language beyond binary limitations. Poet, pianist and multimedia ...

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Hubro: Making Room for Marginalized Music

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There are times when a record label becomes more than just a label. It becomes an embodiment of a certain period in time. In Norway, think of the German label ECM with the emergence of the so-called Nordic sound propelled by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and drummer Jon Christensen. Later, Rune Grammofon summed up a more electronic and experimental direction in Norwegian music with acts like Supersilent, Jono El Grande and Alog. Right now, a new sound seems ...