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Anna Greta Siguroardottir - Max Schultz: Brighter

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An album of moods, in which light, lilting, melodic passages are contrasted with dissonance, Max Schultz's authorative guitar generally lightens things up while Joakim Milder's saxophone signals a plunge into neurotic introspection. All this tends to drown out Icelandic pianist Anna Greta Siguroardottir's gentle musings on piano. It sounds as if they just met, but in fact Schultz and Siguroardottir first began playing together in 2015 after a stint in Hakan Brostrom's New Places Orchestra. For this ...

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Petter Bergander Trio: Kierkegaard's Waltz

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The honouring in popular song of Sören Kierkegaard, author of “The Sickness Unto Death" and other light works has been a long time coming. To be exact, we've waited since his death in 1855 for this moment. “Heidegger's Boogie" and “The Schopenhauer Rag" must surely follow. The curious thing is that Kierkegaard's Waltz is an album of really quite soothing music which, on the face of it, would seem to bear little resemblance to the philosophical musings of the chap ...

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Vivian Buczek: A Woman's Voice

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An ambitious project from Sweden: vocalist Vivian Buczek joining forces with the Norrbotten Big Band using song to illustrate life from a woman's perspective. Buczek says: “It's about taking the step from a girl to a woman, looking back in time and then to the future, finding my place in the world and daring to go my own way." With this album she celebrates some of her main sources of inspiration, artists who have made a lasting ...

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Vivian Buczek: Ella Lives

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Sweden's Vivian Buczek, fast approaching her 40th birthday, comes across more as a schoolgirl with a crush on her teacher on this, her seventh solo album, which pays tribute to The First Lady Of Song. Ella Fitzgerald--had she not died in 1996--would be 100 this year. “Ella Fitzgerald has always been my greatest inspiration and the main reason that I have become a jazz singer," Buczek explains in the sleeve note. Her father Bruno, who played trombone, ...

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SE-Quartet: Going North

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This album is dedicated to the refugees who have arrived in Scandinavia in recent years. On the day it was released, April 7 2017, one of those refugees, Rakhmat Akilov, aged 39, drove a hijacked truck into the entrance of the Åhlens department store in the centre of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, killing four people. Akilov, an unstable character with Islamic State sympathies, was upset because his application for a residence permit had been refused and he ...

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Elisabeth Melander: Reflections Of A Voice

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Elisabeth Melander was born in Boden, a military town in the cold and desolate north of Sweden. She used her vocal abilities and knowledge of music to escape and is now based in the southern cities of Lund and Malmö, travelling all over the Nordic Area, teaching, spreading the word about jazz and encouraging young musicians. Every now and then she brings out an album. Reflections Of A Voice is her latest. It features jazz standards and ...

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Norrbotten Big Band featuring Georg 'Jojje' Wadenius: Jojje Wadenius (70)

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The province of Norrbotten is the furthest north you can go in Sweden. It is a place of granite mountains, their summits capped with snow most of the year and circled by golden eagles. In the valleys the Sami people, wearing colourful folk costumes, herd reindeer and drink coffee laced with salt from wooden cups. It is a somewhat unlikely place to find what might well be the most creative jazz orchestra in the world, the Norrbotten ...


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