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Bobby Shew / The Kjell : I Can't Say No

Read "I Can't Say No" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Brilliance can be a blessing or a curse. Some musicians make excellence seem so easy that hardly anyone is surprised by another superlative performance, simply accepting it as a matter of course. As Exhibit A, there’s trumpeter Bobby Shew, who has been around for years, paid his dues in groups both large and small, has a lovely sound, remarkable technique, and seems incapable of fashioning a less-than-rewarding musical experience. In other words, he’s good, so good that his artistry is ...

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Stan Getz: Affinity

Read "Affinity" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Talk about spontaneity. The material that comprises Affinity was taped a quarter-century ago by Stan Getz’s brother-in-law, bassist Peter Silfverskjöld, during an after-supper jam session at the Silfverskjöold home -- and was never intended for commercial release.

“I had borrowed a deck tape-recorder, which I left on during the session,” Peter writes in the liner notes. “As you can hear, the setting is very informal -- if you listen closely you can hear my grandfather’s clock chime ...

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Kurt J: Make a Bet

Read "Make a Bet" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One never knows quite what to expect when called upon to review discs by “unknown” musicians from overseas. Will the music be straight–ahead and accessible or free–form and impenetrable? Happily, Swedish multi–instrumentalist Kurt Järnberg’s new album lands squarely in the former camp. What’s more, it’s a delight to hear as, thanks to overdubbing, Järnberg “accompanies” himself on various instruments — trumpet, flugel, euphonium, and valve and slide trombone. Equally pleasing are the sunny compositions and arrangements by Järnberg (five), pianist ...

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Cecilia Wennerstr: Stuck Zipper

Read "Stuck Zipper" reviewed by Dave Nathan


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Sven Larsson: Didgeribone

Read "Didgeribone" reviewed by AAJ Staff


One day while walking through Portland, Oregon's open-air Saturday Market, I passed a booth selling didgeridoos. (Evidently this obscure Australian aboriginal instrument has commercial potential, at least among the young and the restless.) A German Shepherd passing by paused in confusion to check out the vendor, who was busy demonstrating the musical possibilities of the instrument. The dog decided something creepy was going on, and he started to whimper. Little by little the canine decided he was hearing a threat ...

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Only Jazz: Double Digit

Read "Double Digit" reviewed by Jack Bowers


This compilation, encompassing selections from a dozen albums on Lars Samuelson’s splendid Four Leaf Clover label, showcases many of Sweden’s foremost Jazz artists with a handful of Americans getting in their licks as well. Personnel are listed but not specific instruments, so we’ve had to withdraw the information from our not–always–reliable memory bank and apologize in advance for any errors that may have crept in. As is usually the case with Four Leaf Clover, the music is straight–ahead and swinging ...

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The Lars Samuelson Orchestra: Het Sommar

Read "Het Sommar" reviewed by Jack Bowers


I was familiar with Lars Samuelson as the driving force behind Four Leaf Clover Records but wasn’t aware that he was also a big–band leader until this reissue from 1975–81 arrived unannounced in the mail a couple of weeks ago. It was a pleasure to learn about this previously unknown aspect of Lars’s musical persona, as the orchestras he presided over on the two sessions documented here accommodated a number of Sweden’s most talented sidemen who had no trouble underwriting ...


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