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Richard Andersson: UDU

Read "UDU" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The word “udu," which is the title of Danish bassist Richard Andersson's second release as a leader, has several connotations. Its primary meaning in Danish is something that is broken. A chair can be in “udu," which means it doesn't work and needs to be repaired. However, the sound of “udu" also closely resembles the pronunciation of the word “voodoo," something magical and mysterious.As it turns out, the word, with its different shades of meaning, is an apt ...

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Kevin Brow: Dolls & Guns

Read "Dolls & Guns" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Drummer/composer Kevin Brow is a forward thinker, his compositional acuity and scintillating technique in clear evidence on his debut and sophomore releases--Kopter (2008) and Fire Sink (2011), both on Fresh Sound New Talent--modern works as intellectual as they are risk taking. If these weren't persuasive enough, then Dolls and Guns nails the point home all the more emphatically in one of the year's more intriguing recordings. The project consists of original music performed with thirteen musicians in ...

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Jesper Zeuthen: Jesper Zeuthen Trio

Read "Jesper Zeuthen Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Bless the children of saxophonist Albert Ayler. Bless them, for their convictions are pure, and uncontaminated by convention and style.That benediction should also be extended to Jesper Zeuthen. The sixty-something Danish alto saxophonist serves the same mission as the late, great Ayler on this trio session, with bassist Adam Pultz Melbye and drummer Thomas Præstegaard. Zeuthen is probably best known for his work with Pierre Dørge's New Jungle Orchestra, but he also played in the sixties Danish cult ...

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Richard Andersson Sustainable Quartet: Please Recycle

Read "Please Recycle" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Danish bassist Richard Andersson organized this session, which attracts attention, at first glance, from the presence of saxophonist Tony Malaby, but then commands regard for all its players.Recorded after studying at the Manhattan School of Music, Andersson formed an alliance with two other players deserving wider recognition, pianist Sullivan Fortner and drummer Rogerio Boccato. Fortner has already attracted attention for his playing on bassist John Patitucci's Remembrance (Concord, 2009), while Boccato recently toured with trumpeter Roy Hargrove's Quintet.