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Joost Lijbaart: Under The Surface

Read "Joost Lijbaart: Under The Surface" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Dutch drummer Joost Lijbaart (known for his work with Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing) first performed with this trio at the request of vocalist Sanne Rambags, along with guitarist Bram Stadhouders (known for his work with the Netherlands chamber choir, American drummer Jim Black and Norwegian vocalist Sidsel Endresen). At the time Rambags was twenty years old, ...

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Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer

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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 ...

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Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)

Read "Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we continue our exploration of jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Kraftwerk to Sly Stone, from Bjork to Frank Zappa, from J.J. Cale to Bob Marley and more.

Happy listening! And if you like this episode, check Part 1

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Joost Lijbaart: Under The Surface

Read "Under The Surface" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Silence frames music--before it sounds and after the final vibration of the last note has died. Often associated with an absence of communication, silence is also revered in certain communal ritual/cultural spaces. Poetic or damning, eerie or calming, silence never leaves us indifferent. Some composers have embraced it to a significant degree as part of the ...

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Various Artists: E.S.T. Symphony

Read "E.S.T. Symphony" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Before Esbjorn Svensson's tragic death in 2008 there were clear signs that e.s.t. was hungry to explore new musical terrain; Leucocyte (ACT Records, 2008), the trio's live-in-the-studio improvisation with its metal-jazz thunder, brooding electronics and epic excursions was proof of that. However, five years previously, Svensson, Dan Berglund and Magnus Ostrom had played a handful of ...

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November Music 2016

Read "November Music 2016" reviewed by Henning Bolte

November Music
s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
November 11-13, 2016

November Music is a yearly festival, founded in 1993. It is held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch, in the southeast part of The Netherlands. s'-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) was the hometown of well-known Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516) who died 500 years ...

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Girls in Airports: Fables

Read "Fables" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Copenhagen quartet Girls in Airport is in fine form on Fables, its fourth release, and first on the Edition Records label. There are fewer big tunes than before although the band's trademark melodic hooks and rhythmic drive, its understated lyricism and hypnotic grooves are all present in abundance. What's been brought into sharper focus is the ...

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Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 1

Read "Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 1" reviewed by Martin Longley

Gent Jazz Festival
Bijloke
Gent, Belgium
July 10-12, 2015

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A bold beginning was made with the festival's opening night, perhaps concentrating on some of director Bertrand Flamang's personal favourites. This evening was never destined to be a sell-out session, but ...

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Batik: Headland

Read "Headland" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Batik may be a relatively new group but there's a natural chemistry in this debut recording that is the result of long years playing together in a variety of contexts. The genesis of the group dates back to Joost Lijbaart and Wolfert Brederode's duo collaborations, which began in 2005 and the pair are also part of ...

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Jeff Ballard Trio: Time's Tales

Read "Time's Tales" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For several decades Jeff Ballard has been the first call drummer for a host of contemporary jazz's biggest names, notably pianist Brad Mehldau, with whom Ballard has played since 2005. Of late, however, Ballard has gone it alone. The 2013 debut shows of his quartet Fairgrounds, featuring electronics musician/bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Tigran Hamasyan and guitarist ...