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Ilaria Capalbo

Ilaria Capalbo is a jazz bass player, singer, cellist and composer. Based in Stockholm (SE) and Naples (IT), she currently works all over Europe and has so far collaborated with national and international artists and composed original music for institutions like the Nobel Museum. Active in many ensembles, from duos to orchestras, she is a professional with a wide variety of experience. She is also a composer and bandleader, and is currently finishing her last year of Master at KMH in Stockholm; her original works bear a strong connection with her classical background and an affinity with contemporary music and improvisational techniques

Ilaria Capalbo / Stefano Falcone

The collaboration between bassist and composer Ilaria Capalbo and pianist/composer Stefano Falcone is a work in progress, evolving since the pair met during studies and as their careers took shape, bringing Ilaria to Sweden and Stefano to Italy. The duo works on original compositions, co-writing and free improvisation, leading the tiny ensemble towards a distinctive, chamber-like sound that well represents the musicians' respective backgrounds and experiences. With this project, Stefano and Ilaria were featured as Artists In Residence for two years in a row at JazzIt Fest, a yearly event organized by Italy’s most prominent jazz magazine

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 ...

Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead

Read "Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Louis Hayes will turn 80 on May 31 (2017), but the party is still goin' hearty. He started celebrating this milestone back in February with an 18-day tour that began in Barcelona and concluded in jny: Amsterdam. It was mostly one-nighters with three nights in jny: Athens, two in jny: Paris and jny: London appearances at ...

SE-Quartet: Going North

Read "Going North" reviewed by Chris Mosey

This album is dedicated to the refugees who have arrived in Scandinavia in recent years. On the day it was released, April 7 2017, one of those refugees, Rakhmat Akilov, aged 39, drove a hijacked truck into the entrance of the Åhlens department store in the centre of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, killing four people.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alexander Zethson: Pole Of Inaccessibility

Read "Pole Of Inaccessibility" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You are both awake and asleep. Listening, but at the same time paying no heed to the experience. Am I talking about the ancient Buddhist practice of yoga nidra or the recording Pole Of Inaccessibility by Swedish pianist Alexander Zethson? Actually both.

The finest tribute that can be paid to these two discs of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jari Haapalainen Trio: Fusion Machine

Read "Fusion Machine" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Short sharp shocks, describes the music of Fusion Machine. The twenty-eight minutes of sound is Jari Haapalainen's knuckle sandwich of a recording. Actually it's thirteen jabs, hooks, and uppercuts; let's call them the track list. The disc contains no composition longer than two minutes-fifty, the shortest, “Flykten Från Djursholm" (Escape From Djursholm), is just 1:34.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Ephland

Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
October 7-16, 2016

This year's autumnal Stockholm Jazz Festival continued their tilt toward world and improvisational music in the context of a jazz festival. That said, there was an ample supply of shows to go see and hear where “jazz" was preeminent. Programming world ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Norrbotten Big Band featuring Georg 'Jojje' Wadenius: Jojje Wadenius (70)

Read "Jojje Wadenius (70)" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The province of Norrbotten is the furthest north you can go in Sweden. It is a place of granite mountains, their summits capped with snow most of the year and circled by golden eagles. In the valleys the Sami people, wearing colourful folk costumes, herd reindeer and drink coffee laced with salt from wooden cups.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lars Jansson: Satori

Read "Satori" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Satori means “sudden enlightenment" in the Japanese Buddhist discipline known as Zen. It's something you might be wise not to claim you had experienced for fear of the head priest fetching you a whack across the shoulders with his wooden staff while shouting something deep and meaningful such as “The pine tree in the courtyard!"