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Per Mathisen/Jan Gunnar Hoff/Horacio Hernandez: Barxeta II

Read "Barxeta II" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Per Mathisen and Jan Gunnar Hoff understandably look forward to their jaunts to Barxeta, Spain, as much as anyone else might look forward to favorite summer holidays. For them it's really a working vacation: of course the sunny surroundings are beautiful and the home cooking is doubtlessly excellent, but they're also there to play hard and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Moldejazz Festival 2018

Read "Moldejazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Molde Jazz Festival
Molde, Norvegia
15-19.07.2018

Il festival jazz di Molde è il secondo più antico d'Europa --fondato nel 1961, lo precede di un solo anno il festival di Ljubljana la cui prima edizione risale al 1960 --e ancora oggi il più importante in Norvegia. È qui che Keith Jarrett e Jan ...

Niogi: Landing

Read "Landing" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Israeli group Niogi describes themselves as an “instrumental band," leaving the question of musical genre open. But their sound is firmly placed in the ECM contemporary jazz world: “Jan's Balloon" opens with a sound like whistling from Omri Abramov's EWI (electronic wind instrument), playing a tuneful theme reminiscent of the Americana of the Pat Metheny Group. ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Geno Thackara

I always say it when recapping every year, and it's been truer than ever for me since I was fortunate to join All About Jazz at the start of 2016: there's always too much great stuff to take in. There are always too many albums we don't get around to during the year and too little ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Haakon Graf/Erik Smith/Per Mathisen: Sunrain

Read "Sunrain" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Digging into the staggered groove of “Santa Monica" during an end-of-2014 performance in jny: Oslo's Olsen Bar, Haakon Graf glides along the keys in an easygoing manner to begin building the show's energy. The electric trappings of '70s Jeff Beck come to mind--albeit without the guitar--alongside the sound of classic outfits like Weather Report and Herbie ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Haakon Graf/Erik Smith/ Per Mathisen: Sunrain

Read "Sunrain" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

"Sunrain" is a common Scandinavian weather phenomenon: after weeks of rain, there are often clouds with showers pouring down as the sun peers through the other side. Keyboardist/composer Haakon Graf considers it “a metaphor for the fabric of life, a place between a smile and a tear, like my music..." His trio with drummer Erik Smith ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Per Mathisen: Sounds of 3

Read "Sounds of 3" reviewed by Geno Thackara

“We never solo, we always solo." Like so many great ideas, Joe Zawinul's iconic line about his group Weather Report is both brilliantly simple and allows for endless possibilities. No single player gets featured in the spotlight while the others provide a steady pattern behind them; rather everyone constantly improvises around the framework of a given ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Per Mathisen/Frode Alnæs/Giraldo Piloto: Sounds Of 3

Read "Sounds Of 3" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian bassist Per Mathisen (aka “The Bass Viking") leads an exciting, empathetic, virtuosic fusion jazz trio on Sounds Of 3. This is a modern electric trio in the same vein as bassist Jonas Hellborg's trio with guitarist Shawn Lane and drummer Jeff Sipe, guitarist Alex Machacek's trio with 5-string electric bassist Matthew Garrison (and Sipe again), ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds

Read "Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Mention the phrase “the Norwegian sound" and many listeners will get an image in their head. An image of a natural, deep echoing sound influenced by the mountains and hills of the Norwegian landscape. Such an image is, of course, a cliché, but to some critics it has stuck and distorted the rich fertility of the ...