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David's Angels: Traces

Read "Traces" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Lo spirito del grande nord converge in questo album, frutto della collaborazione fra la trombettista canadese Ingrid Jensen e la formazione svedese composta da Sofie Norling alla voce ed elettronica, Maggi Olin al pianoforte e Fender Rhodes, David Carlsson al basso elettrico e Michala Østergaard-Nielsen alla batteria e percussioni. David's Angels, che anche in questa produzione ...

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Nordic Connect: Spirals

Read "Spirals" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Flurry, l'album d'esordio, ci aveva ammaliato perché la lezione dell'ultimo grande quintetto di Miles Davis sembrava rivivere e assumere nuove sembianze grazie ad una sensibilità tutta femminile e ad una rilassatezza tipicamente nordica. Nordic Connect, per l'appunto il nome dell'ensemble, perché nelle vene di ciascuno dei membri del quintetto scorre per lo meno un briciolo di sangue scandinavo. Le ...

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Nordic Connect Weigh in with the Tuneful "Spirals"

Nordic Connect? Yes. We have the band's Spirals, their second CD (Artist Share 0097), a jazz-rock present day program with some tuneful originals penned by the various band members. Ingrid Jensen appears to be the bandleader and she turns in some very nice trumpet, fluegel and songs; her sister Christine has definite prowess and imagination on ...

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Nordic Connect: Spirals

Read "Spirals" reviewed by Troy Collins

Scandinavian jazz has enjoyed quite a renaissance over the past few decades, ranging from the cool Norwegian austerity of Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal's seminal 1970's recordings to the fiery Swedish expressionism of Magnus Broo and Mats Gustafsson's recent avant-garde excursions. Spirals, the sophomore effort of Nordic Connect, embraces both aesthetic dualities, serving as a pertinent ...

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Nordic Connect: Spirals

Read "Spirals" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Flurry (ArtistShare, 2007), the debut disc from Nordic Connect, rang out loquaciously. In assimilating several moods, the music created an emotionally resolute ambience. Since the release of the CD, the band as toured Canada, the USA and Scandinavia, recording its follow-up,Spirals, at the end of 2008.

Pianist Maggi Olin wrote most of the compositions, ...

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Nordic Connect: Spirals

Read "Spirals" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Spirals manifest themselves across art, nature and life in varied ways. The geometric spiral image might even be seen three-dimensionally, with infinite depth or point-of-view added or perhaps spinning in perpetual motion. There's movement and implied energy in the curling image. Engendering reflection, a spiral goes from and to somewhere.

Like its namesake, ...

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David's Angels: Substar

Read "Substar" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

David's Angels is the debut release of a Swedish outfit featuring young singer/songwriter Sofie Norling and composer/pianist Maggi Olin. It is a beautiful eight song-cycle focused on troubled relationship--belonging, sorrow and letting go--that travels into a deeply emotional and sonic journey.

Norling has a clear, warm, angel-like voice that can soar into the ...

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Nordic Connect: Flurry

Read "Flurry" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The word “mainstream" has come to have virtually no meaning except perhaps that a regular rhythmic pulse of some kind (not necessarily “swinging") can be felt. In this respect, Flurry is a mainstream album, but from every other viewpoint, it is as adventurous as they come.

That the band's name, Nordic Connect, implies ...

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Nordic Connect: Flurry

Read "Flurry" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

Hailing from Canada, Sweden and Alaska, the five members of Nordic Connect share two constants: Scandinavian blood runs through their veins, as does an impetus to play music that is lighthearted and free, but has at its roots, a serenity where wisdom resides.

Co-led by sisters Ingrid (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Christine Jensen ...

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Nordic Connect: Flurry

Read "Flurry" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

All’inizio pare di aver le traveggole. Per un qualche scherzo della memoria sembra di aver inserito nel lettore Nefertiti o Miles Smiles o E.S.P., insomma ci siamo capiti, uno di quei capolavori che Miles Davis ci regalò con l’ultimo grande quintetto tra il ’65 e il ’68. Ed invece, pizzicandoci la pelle, ci accorgiamo che sempre nello stesso ...