Articles by Jakob Baekgaard

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Lyrical Stories in Music: Jakob Dinesen & Jean-Sebastian Simonoviez, FLOW and Michael Vincent Waller

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Saying that a piece of music is lyrical presupposes a quality that is hard to define. You know what it is until you need to explain it. The Cambridge Dictionary says that it means: “expressing personal thoughts and feelings in a beautiful way," which doesn't really say much. In music, storytelling is just as elusive. It's easy when you tell a story through words, but musical storytelling without words is hard to define. Perhaps it will do to say that ...

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Various Artists: Blues Kings of Baton Rouge

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Any musical genre gets its own regional twist, and this is especially the case with the blues. Just think of Chicago blues, Memphis blues and Detroit blues. However, a regional variant that has not been examined sufficiently is the blues of Baton Rouge. This fault is corrected by Blues Kings of Baton Rouge, a 2CD-set curated by blues expert Martin Hawkins, released on Bear Family. The set follows two other major Baton Rouge projects by Hawkins, the definitive ...

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Various Artists: The Bakersfield Sound

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Think of country music and the city that immediately springs to mind is Nashville, but for a while Bakersfield became a capitol of country music in its own right, and its importance as the originator of the Bakersfield sound is examined in a massive box set from Bear Family Records, The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital of the West 1940-1974, containing 10 CDs and a 224-page book written by Scott B. Bomar with a foreword by Chris Shiflett of the ...

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Roy Budd: Get Carter

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A classic movie needs a classic soundtrack, and composer and pianist Roy Budd delivered that with his music for Mike Hodges' iconic crime movie, Get Carter (1971). Without the opportunity of working with a grand orchestra, he made the most out of a low budget and tailored the sounds to the raw realism of the movie. The ethos of Get Carter was based on minimalism and it's perhaps surprising how little incidental music there is in a ...

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Mette Juul: Change

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Change is an inevitable part of life and music. The very essence of being a jazz musician involves catching a musical moment that never comes back again, but occasionally, a record shows up that is both a document of change and the sum of a lifetime. With Change, Danish jazz singer, guitarist and songwriter, Mette Juul, has released such an album. Since her debut, Coming in from the Dark (Cowbell Music, 2010), Juul has played with the ...

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Grover Washington Jr.: Sacred Kind of Love: The Columbia Recordings

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When saxophonist and composer Grover Washington Jr. (1943-1999) arrived at Columbia in 1986, he was already a fully formed artist. He had released a string of strong albums and had even landed a regular smash-hit with “Just the Two Us," his collaboration with singer Bill Withers. In other words, Washington had nothing to prove and could just concentrate on playing great music. And so he did. The proof is in a five-disc set from SoulMusic Records, Sacred Kind of Love: ...

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Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest 2019

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Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest Various Venues Copenhagen, Denmark July 10-13, 2019 One of the best things about Copenhagen Jazz Festival is that it is not just one festival, but many festivals in one. During the festival, each corner of the city is filled with music. It is not only the center, but every part of the city that participates in the celebration of jazz. It is outside and inside and ...

INTERVIEWS

Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

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The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen him connecting with many different people and sounds, and he is still finding new ways to express the music he hears while staying to ...

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Living for a Song: Country Singers and Songwriters on BGO

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In “Living for a Song," Hank Cochran, one of the most prominent and prolific songsmiths in country music, writes: “I have slept on life's highway / Muddy tears staining my face / A rhyme or two was a big payday / Living for a song." These lines get to the very essence of country music. Country music is about living life the hard way and writing about it. The mood is often blue, the drink is whiskey, wine or beer ...

FILM REVIEWS

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me

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Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me A film by Olivia Lichtenstein BBC Films / Wasted Talent / Storyvault Films / Tempo Entertainment2019 “The Love I Lost," “I Miss You," “If You Don't Know Me By Now," “Bad Luck" and “Wake Up." These are all unforgettable hits by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. The group epitomized the string-drenched, symphonic soul sound of Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records (PIR) that became the ...

RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Aspen Edities: The Album as a Work of Art

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It's a paradox of the digital age that it has spawned some of the most beautiful physical editions of music, but perhaps it's quite logical. In an age where almost everything becomes available digitally, it's a good thing for a physical product to distinguish itself. This is exactly what the records from the Belgian-based label Aspen Edities do. Run by musicians Ruben Machtelinckx and Niels Van Heertum and writer Sanne Huysmans, the label has released delicate editions that are a ...

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International Anthem: The Beat of the Past, Present and Future

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Dis is da drum. Everything starts with a beat. A heartbeat. A rhythm. A language. Communication between people. Patterns in percussion. Tribal language. Rhythms reaching out. Since the beginning, rhythms have been an integral part of jazz. Swing is rhythm and rhythm is swing. The pace has changed. The patterns have changed. Acoustic and electronic sources have been used and re-used, mixed and remixed, but rhythms remain the essence of jazz. Three different releases from International Anthem ...


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