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Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer

Read "Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If jazz is, as someone put it, the sound of surprise, then it makes complete sense that countless musicians have become enamored with the music of Björk. Like the most innovative jazz musicians, Bjork is a restless artist who tries to continuously reinvent herself, often blending familiar sources in completely unprecedented ways, and deliberately challenging the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mario Schenker: Melodien

Read "Melodien" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

C'è in questo Melodien, disco in quartetto del sassofonista svizzero Mario Schenker pubblicato dalla connazionale etichetta Unit, una sorta di divisione, di scarto tra temi e parti solistiche. I temi non sono memorabili. In senso letterale, proprio: non sono memorabili perché non restano impressi all'ascolto, non perché sono mal composti. Forse quello era precisamente l'intento: non ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra: I Go Humble

Read "I Go Humble" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Until this new CD crossed the threshold, the name Bjork was no more than that within these precincts. As it turns out, Bjork is a she, an Icelandic singer / songwriter whose given name is Bjork Gudmundsdottir. Apparently, saxophonist / arranger Travis Sullivan is an avowed enthusiast, as he has not only named his big band ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Travis Sullivan's Björkestra: I Go Humble

Read "I Go Humble" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Björk isn't a member of the jazz community, but the jazz community has had no problem embracing her. Musicians as different as vocalist Kate McGarry and drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts have explored the eclectic Icelandic singer's work and put their own stamp on her intoxicating music, but they each left her catalog after a single-song visit. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Hunter: Think Like A Mountain

Read "Think Like A Mountain" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trombonist Andy Hunter has taken a seat in many of the most important big bands of the past decade, yet many are still unaware of his skills. He sadly suffers from “section man syndrome": that ailment that afflicts those who are heard by many, yet never truly seen for who they are. Hunter, who has resided ...

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Sean Nowell: Stockholm Swingin'

Read "Stockholm Swingin'" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Sean Nowell has lent his talents to a diverse array of bands including Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra and his own Kung-Fu Masters, working across numerous musical styles. On Stockholm Swingin', the tenor saxophonist's third Posi-Tone release, he stays in recognizably straight-ahead territory, bringing his impressively wide-ranging and imaginative tenor sound to a live quintet recording from the ...

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Sean Nowell: Stockholm Swingin'

Read "Stockholm Swingin'" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Tenor saxophonist Sean Nowell's third CD is an engaging set of music that was recorded live at the Glen Miller Café in Stockholm at the end of a fourteen-day tour through Sweden. Nowell's band mate in Travis Sullivan's Björkestra, drummer Joe Abba, and a solid crew of Swedish musicians help to flesh out this riveting set ...

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Travis Sullivan: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New Directions could signify a paradigm shift for alto saxophonist Travis Sullivan's eighteen-piece Björkestra, a unit dedicated to performing arrangements of Icelandic pop vocalist Björk. Sullivan goes back to his fundamental mainstream jazz roots on the lyrically rich New Directions, assembled with memorable comps and sterling interplay from his quartet. Sullivan's vocal-like tonalities and muscular alto ...

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Travis Sullivan: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Travis Sullivan's New Directions, his Posi-Tone debut, is a rewarding trip through a mix of strong, self-penned, tunes and an unusual combination of covers. The saxophonist leads his quartet with style, emphasizing musicality and emotional engagement over displays of technique, and creating a sparkly collection that emphatically establishes his talents as a composer as well as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Travis Sullivan: This Cat Plays the Sax

Read "Travis Sullivan: This Cat Plays the Sax" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Travis Sullivan composes and arranges with a fine flair. For about the last six years, he's proven himself a strong leader of a large band, running the Bjorkestra, an acclaimed unit that plays slick, intricate and sometimes burning jazz versions of songs by popular Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjork.

It's a band that's an audience pleaser and ...