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Agustí Fernández / Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard / Bjørn Heebøll: Amaranth

Read "Amaranth" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To call Spanish pianist Agustí Fernández an inside/outside player isn't to suggest that he dabbles in both straight-ahead and free jazz. As a free, improvising pianist, he is one of the most sensitive players in today's scene. No, calling Fernández an inside/outside player literally means he can often be found playing his instrument both from the outside --the keyboard, and the inside.His latest release is a new trio with the Danish musicians Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard (SOUND X SOUND) ...

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Lars Greve: Breidablik

Read "Breidablik" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The beautiful cover of Danish saxophonist Lars Greve's album Breidablik has a secret that only reveals itself when looking closely at the surface. The name of the artist is hidden in the corner, printed with almost invisible letters, while all attention is directed towards an abstract sublime image. Is it nature or not? The same question could be asked about the music. Greve disappears into a world of sound and together with producer Aske Zidore he has ...

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Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard: Sikorsky

Read "Sikorsky" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Sikorsky is an ambitious and highly original orchestral piece for 18 musicians--8 clarinets, 4 drum kits, 4 double basses, trumpet and the alto sax of its composer and arranger, Danish, Copenhagen-based Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard. As on his previous release Vesper (2012), Løkkegaard is fascinated with the sound of clarinets and the sound of a closely-voiced clarinet ensemble plays a major role on his fifth release. The title of the 30-minute composition is associated with the sound ...

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Johannes Richter: 13 Pieces

Read "13 Pieces" reviewed by Mark Corroto

One man, one piano, and no score. That is the protocol for Danish musician Johannes Richter's 13 Pieces, a heartfelt and honest session of instantly composed music. Much like Craig Taborn's Avenging Angel (ECM, 2011), Richter constructs magic from thin air.His approach, like that of Keith Jarrett's early solo work, is scarcely recognizable as jazz. What it is, though, is unmistakably adroit improvisation. He opens the disc, a luscious vinyl pressing (with a digital download option), with the ...


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