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Siril Malmedal Hauge & Jacob Young: Last Things

Read "Last Things" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Personal, thoughtful, starkly minimal and yet sublimely atmospheric--this is the kind of session that's terribly easy to overlook, but if it tried to grab your attention, that would really defeat the purpose. The appeal of Last Things is in its disarming straight-from-the-heart intimacy. Simple but never simplistic, it offers the aural equivalent of late-night relaxation amid ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Various Venues
Montréal, Canada
June 27 -July 1, 2019

Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Skydive Trio: Sun Sparkle

Read "Sun Sparkle" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Norwegian guitarist Thomas Dahl's primary project is the Skydive Trio with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Olavi Louhivuouri. The trio is an off-shoot of a quintet of the same name that includes tenor saxophonist Tore Brunborg and pianist Alexi Tuomarila. Sun Sparkle is the second release from the smaller group whose sound, like the album title, ...

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Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

Read "Rumi Songs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim may lack the marquee status of countryman (and fellow ECM artist) Jan Garbarek. But he is no less adventurous, and has recently been popping up all over on 2016 ECM releases: on Mats Eilertsen's Rubicon; with Sinikka Langeland and the Trio Medieval on The Magical Forest; with Iro Haarla and symphony orchestra ...

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Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon

Read "Rubicon" reviewed by John Kelman

It's no news to learn that we're the confluence of our many experiences: life, love, music....everything that we are comes from where we've been, what we've done, what we've experienced. That said, it doesn't mean that we can't move in completely new directions or try something completely foreign to us. Still, it's almost impossible to do ...

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Losen Records: Jazz Around the World

Read "Losen Records: Jazz Around the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Since the beginning, the Norwegian label Losen Records, which is run by the indefatigable Odd Gjelsnes, has not been satisfied with a replication of the so-called Nordic sound. Instead, Gjelsnes has literally spread himself around the world, with albums recorded in Australia, Sweden, South Africa, Norway and Spain. Gjelsnes is a true world citizen and the ...

Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu

Read "Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu" reviewed by John Kelman

With only four records released as a leader on ECM, it may seem a little early to release a “best of" disc for drummer Manu Katché. But having since moved on to fellow German label ACT for Live in Concert, while Touchstone for Manu is only being released in North America in the summer of 2015, ...

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Manu Katché: Touchstone for Manu

Read "Touchstone for Manu" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Drummer Manu Katché found the spotlight supplying the groove to recordings by rock artists Peter Gabriel and Sting, then to jazz artists Jan Garbarek and Herbie Hancock. His four ECM recordings as leader showed him to be an accomplished composer and bandleader as well. Now that he has apparently left the label, Touchstone for Manu is ...

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Mathias Eick: Midwest

Read "Midwest" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The northern tier of mid-western America had been a strong draw for Norwegians from the late 1800s into the twentieth-century. Trumpeter and composer, Mathias Eick, in making his own recent journey from Norway to the heartland, discovered a cultural heritage and a familiarity that moved him to set the experience to music. Like Norsemen since the ...

Mathias Eick: Midwest

Read "Mathias Eick: Midwest" reviewed by John Kelman

Having first emerged on ECM Records, garnering significant attention for his work with fellow Norwegian, guitarist Jacob Young (2004's Evening Falls), and Finish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla (2006's Northbound), it seemed only a matter of time before trumpeter Mathias Eick would get the opportunity to start releasing albums of his own for the label. But if the ...