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Content by tag "Denmark"

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Stunt Records in the Spotlight: Enrico Pieranunzi and Sinne Eeg

Read "Stunt Records in the Spotlight: Enrico Pieranunzi and Sinne Eeg" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

For a long time, Stunt Records has released high quality music from the Danish jazz scene, some albums have gone on to become classics while others have just pleased those in the know. In terms of genres, Stunt is a curious label with an ear for many genres, including avant-garde, world music, funk and fusion, but ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

12 Points Festival 2017

Read "12 Points Festival 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

12 Points Festival
Aarhus, Denmark
July 16-18, 2017

The program selection of 12 Points Festival organized by Irish Improvised Music Company gives an indication what's next, what might be strong groups in the near future based on a clear concept of artistic identity/ development, an intense and neat observation of young musicians/groups ...

Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out

Read "Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The Copenhagen daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende in 2015 called Margrete Grarup “the best kept secret in Danish jazz." In 2017, with two albums released in rapid succession on Storyville, that secret is out... and a star is born.

Grarup has a wonderfully rich and expressive voice. She comes to jazz via the Scandinavian ...

Torben Westergaard: Tangofied III

Read "Tangofied III" reviewed by Geno Thackara

For the finale of his globe-spanning triptych (an unplanned endeavor that unexpectedly grew from the first installment's success), bassist Torben Westergaard considers himself to be making very much a return home. After the expanded cross-national lineup and largely Argentinian focus of Tangofied II (Gateway Music, 2014), he returned to his native Denmark to record only with ...

Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band

Read "Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

A film director once said that you can't make a great film with a weak script. The same goes for bands of any kind be it jazz or rock or any kind. You can't have a great band without a great drummer. A band can get by with an average bassist or guitarist, but not with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Danish Bassist/Composer Torben Westergaard Releases "Tangofied III"

Danish Bassist/Composer Torben Westergaard Releases "Tangofied III"

The creative process leading to a particular product often first reveals itself afterward, i.e. when it has occurred. From the outcome, it all of a sudden becomes clearer in which way causalities led to the result. I had in no way planned that the Tangofied releases should end up as a trilogy. It just happened that ...

JKA Quintet: From the Nocturnal Chironian

Read "From the Nocturnal Chironian" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A long-lost poem written as a teenager, a series of evocative dreams, and the interpenetration of astrology, Greek mythology and Jungian archetypal psychology form the conceptual framework for From the Nocturnal Chironian by Danish bassist and composer Jens Kristian Andersen. The music on From the Nocturnal Chironian is only one aspect of its physical manifestation. The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Radio Bévort: Which Craft?

Read "Which Craft?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Pernille Bévort, the Danish saxophonist/composer and singer, has been quietly working her musical charms for over twenty years, as both a mainstay of the Danish big-band scene and leader of impressive small ensembles. Following the stripped-down, straight-ahead Trio Temptations (Gateway Music, 2014), Bévort rekindles her Radio Bévort project, whose Perfect Organisation (Gateway 2011)--with bandoneon player Marcello ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alex Jønsson: Heart Of Gold: Live In Aarhus

Read "Heart Of Gold: Live In Aarhus" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Recorded live at a living room concert, Heart of Gold presents an intimate portrait of Danish guitarist/composer Alex Jønsson and his trio. The title tune opens the set: it's not the well known Neil Young song, but it does have an Americana tinge. Drummer Andreas Skamby sets up a pillow of sound using mallets, bassist Jens ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Psalms and Poetry: Den Danske Salmeduo and Nicolai Munch-Hansen

Read "Psalms and Poetry: Den Danske Salmeduo and Nicolai Munch-Hansen" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Sometimes, the answer to the quest for an original sound is so obvious that it is overlooked. While many European jazz musicians have tried to imitate the sound of the American jazz scene and the pulse of New York, fewer have tried to reach back into their own musical heritage. Two new Danish jazz releases find ...