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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oestergaard Art Quartet: More Stories from the Village

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Drummer Michala Østergaard-Nielsen and her quartet's More Stories From The Village is a completely improvised set that captivates with its lyricism and its darkly cinematic ambience. This short yet compelling and cohesive disc is a mordant postmodern folk tale that relies equally on the fluid spontaneity among the ensemble members as well as their expressive individuality. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt Festival 2013

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Punkt Festival
Kick
Kristiansand, Norway
September 6-8, 2013

Punkt is back. Three simple words with greater significance. While the annual festival, which has made its name on the strength of two additional words--Live Remix--had an eighth edition in 2012 that, on paper, should have been nothing short of spectacular, it was ultimately ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Molde International Jazz Festival 2013

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Molde International Jazz Festival
Molde, Norway
July 15-20, 2013

It may have been his last year as festival director, but Jan Ole Otnæs sure went out on a high, not just because his programming was as impeccable as ever, but because he made it a year with a very specific philosophy. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Reijseger / Harmen Fraanje / Mola Sylla: Down Deep

Read "Down Deep" reviewed by John Kelman

As one of its first signings, Ernst Reijseger has amassed a sizable discography with Winter & Winter. Werner Herzog--with whom Reijseger has also shared a lengthy relationship, scoring seven of the German film director's films since 2000's Ajax: Hark the Herald Angels Sing--has aptly described the Dutch cellist as capable of anything, furthermore suggesting that he ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vossa Jazz 2013

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Vossa Jazz
Oslo, Norway
March 22-24, 2013
Every festival hopes to have a signature, that certain something that differentiates it from all the rest and makes it a desired destination, but few have as many things going for it as the annual Vossa Jazz Festival, now in its 40th year.

It certainly may seem ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2012

Read "John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Another tremendous year of travel, to find music in whatever nook and cranny it's hiding. From South Africa to Sweden, from Norway to the Netherlands, and from Germany to home base in Ottawa, Canada, it seemed as though there was an endless supply of great music to see--and even more that sadly had to be skipped. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012: October 5-6, 2012

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Dutch Jazz & World Meeting
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 5-6, 2012
With Jazzahead! 2012--the annual European jazz trade fair--demonstrating that jazz is, if not exactly big business, then certainly bigish business, it's no surprise to find that The Netherlands' biannual Dutch Jazz & World Meeting is making the same salient point, albeit more narrowly ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jon Balke: Magnetic Works 1993-2001

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Jon Balke
Magnetic Works 1993-2001
ECM Records
2012

As his flagship Magnetic North Orchestra nears its two-decade anniversary in 2013, Norwegian pianist/composer/bandleader Jon Balke has been performing occasional shows with Magnetic Book, taking a fresh look at the group's repertoire through an expanded edition where its core septet is augmented with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

All About Jazz Presents at Kongsberg Jazzfestival: Kongsberg, Norway, July 5-6, 2012

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival
All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway
Kongsberg, Norway
July 5-6, 2012

Kongsberg is a small town in Buskerud with about 24,000 inhabitant, situated s 55 miles west of Oslo, the nation's capital. Founded in 1624, after silver was discovered in the hills, the Danish-Norwegian king recruited German miners from the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Markku Ounaskari / Samuli Mikkonen / Per Jørgensen: Kuara: Psalms and Folk Songs

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While early reference points for jazz and improvised music may have come from the Afro-American tradition, global musicians of the 21st century have increasingly looked to their own cultural touchstones for music that speaks to them at a mitochondrial level. If music is a reflection of who we are and what we experience, then it only ...