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Michael Dalgas Trio: Death of a Tree

Read "Death of a Tree" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Danish drummer Michael Dalgas' second release was composed while he overcame some considerable challenges, including a bout of depression and an extensive physical rehabilitation process which lasted over ten years. The result is a very good album, with a discernably powerful emotional foundation and varying selection of solid songs. “In 2010 I fell while having a friendly fight with a friend and broke both bones in the left forearm," Delgas told All About Jazz. “I had to go ...

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Klaus Nørgaard: Village Life

Read "Village Life" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

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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Claus Waidtlow: A New Beginning

Read "A New Beginning" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Saxophonist Claus Waidtløw has been a vital part of the Danish jazz scene for many years. At the beginning of the '90s, he was already established on the scene and in 1997 he released his debut as a leader, Claustrophobia, on Stunt Records (notice the use of the pun on the saxophonist's name in the title). Since then, Waidtløw has continued to challenge himself. He plays both the tenor, soprano and alto saxophone fluently and has recorded with his own ...

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Jens Jefsen & Martin Schack: Dust Shines

Read "Dust Shines" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A wide variety of classic melodies are dusted off and given a fresh shine by the Danish duo of Jens Jefsen (acoustic bass) and Martin Schack (piano). Jefsen's previous album A Secret Sigh (Gateway Music, 2016) featured his bass playing, composing and arranging in the company of several supporting musicians. Here he and his partner present popular music--much of it not usually associated with jazz performance--in straightforward acoustic arrangements. “Can't Help Falling In Love With You" has a ...

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Morten Haugshøj Group: The Street Doctor

Read "The Street Doctor" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Even though Danish guitarist Morten Haugshøj has been a familiar presence on the jazz scene in Aarhus for a long time, his album The Street Doctor feels like a new a beginning. Perhaps it has something to do with the stylish cover art drawn by illustrator and pianist, Simon Eskildsen, who also plays on the album. Perhaps the reason is just that Haugshøj's time has arrived. No matter what, the album feels like a perfect symbiosis between ...

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LILLY: Tenderly featuring Gilad Hekselman

Read "Tenderly featuring Gilad Hekselman" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It all starts with a song. Two people and song. Gilad and Lilly. Guitarist and singer. One visiting Denmark as an artist in residence and the other living there. One among the foremost exponents of modern jazz guitar and the other an acclaimed vocalist and singer/songwriter, but still a secret outside her country. Here they are on the album Tenderly. The result of a day's work in the studio with songs that are the work of a ...

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Sermon Organ Combo: Sermon Organ Combo

Read "Sermon Organ Combo" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

American jazz styles have been travelling all over the world and getting absorbed by local musicians for close to a century now. Therefore there's nothing unusual about a soul-jazz organ trio coming out of Denmark, but the Sermon Organ Combo have a lot more going on than just playing recycled Jimmy Smith licks. This trio draws from many different sources. You can hear traces of New Orleans, the Caribbean, Africa, Memphis and other places on this disc which ...


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