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Kurt Jarnberg: Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4

Read "Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For some of us, Memory Lane is much longer and far more crowded than it once was. Be that as it may, any trip there remains a pleasurable experience, more so when the guide is Swedish trombonist / trumpeter Kurt Jarnberg who employs his quartet, quintet, big band and a host of talented guest artists to ...

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A Selection of Jazz on Sonorama

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A good record is not just an album, it is a story, and few people understand this better than Ekkehart Fleischhammer, who runs Sonorama. The label specializes in reissues and discoveries of lost jazz classics, library music, funk and soul. Every release is a labor of love and the albums in the following batch all include ...

Mats Gustafsson

Read "Mats Gustafsson" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

If Mats Gustafsson's approach to music were to be described with a single adjective, it would have to be “intense." This applies to him both as a musician, as illustrated by over three decades of playing with stalwarts of the free and creative jazz scenes on both sides of the Ocean (Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann, Joe ...

Mats Gustafsson

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1. Hank Mobley, Hank Mobley (Blue Note, 1957).

Il disco jazz definitivo?! È tutto perfettamente bilanciato in questa supersession. Il sax tenore è poetico e la tromba di Art Farmer non è mai stata così lirica ed emozionante. Art Blakey è un genio dello swing e la foto di copertina è una delle mie ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Lars Gullin: Swede and Low

Lars Gullin: Swede and Low

Lars Gullin was a giant of jazz who just happened to be from Sweden. He should be thought of on the same level as other 1950s baritone saxophonists who excelled in small groups, including Gerry Mulligan, Serge Chaloff, Jimmy Giuffre and Bob Gordon, among others. Gullin's dry, lyrical tone was probably closest to Mulligan's and Gordon's. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Larry Dickson Jazz Quartet: Summergold Promises

Read "Summergold Promises" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cincinnati-based baritone saxophonist Larry Dickson's new album, Summergold Promises, is almost a companion piece to his previous enterprise, Second Springtime, which was appraised favorably here less than a year ago. The word “almost" is necessary because Dickson's front-line partner on Springtime, tenor saxophonist Brent Gallaher, has been replaced by trombonist Bill Gemmer, lending the quartet a ...

Jazz From Around the World: Europe

Read "Jazz From Around the World: Europe" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Jazz has had a universal appeal since its inception. As soon as the music left its cradle of jny: New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century it quickly spread to all corners of the world. Europeans were among the first non-Americans to embrace the music and place their unique twist on it. Below ...

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Jazzahead! 2014

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Jazzahead! 2014
Bremen, Germany
April 24-27, 2014

It's hard to imagine, with diminishing music sales, the emergence of streaming services as the musical version of the antichrist for musicians and the increasing challenge of putting rear ends into seats at North American jazz festivals, but as it heads into its ninth year, ...

Kvintetten Som Sprängdes: Svänger Så Det Svartnar

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The sophomore release of Swedish quintet Kvintetten Som Sprängdes (The Quintet That Blew Up in English), after Järnet! (Found you Recordings, 2012) features a band with a mature, highly personal sound. The quintet's concise, articulate compositions by its founder, Gothenburg-based saxophonist Niklas Persson, stress dynamic and nuanced narratives, characterized by brief, surprisingly creative free improvisations and ...

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Jonas Kullhammar Old and New Ways

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Swedish great saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar always knew to position his musical activities in a rich historical, musical and artistic context, often with a sharp sense of humor. His tenor playing owes much to such great American post-bop sax players as John Coltrane (and his quartet covered recently Coltrane seminal A Love Supreme), but also to iconic ...