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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert

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Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert
Aneta Norek-Skrycka
172 Pages
ISBN: 978-83-938054-2-6
The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation
2016

A number of European jazz musicians stand out for having shaped the sound of the music in the past fifty years, for their virtuosity and for having ...

Jan Lundgren: Swedish Ballads... & More... Quietly There

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Are Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen, two American saxophonists playing technically accomplished and downright enjoyable jazz, the Zoot Sims and Al Cohn of our day?

The answer must be Very Likely, to judge from an excellent two-album reissue by Danish company Stunt Records. Hamilton and Allen are featured playing with quartets headed by ...

New Sounds from the Danish Scene: Nina Baun, Henrik Pultz Melbye, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen & Jesper Thorn

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For such a small country, there is an incredibly amount of diversity on the Danish jazz scene and new names and albums pop up all the time while experiments are made with forms and genres. The following four releases cover everything from diverse singer/songwriter vocal jazz to a modern saxophone trio, grand orchestral jazz and a ...

Oscar Pettiford & Jan Johansson: In Denmark 1959-1960

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If anyone should doubt how much it has meant to the Danes that a number of prominent American jazz musicians have lived in Denmark for a shorter or longer time, they just need to walk around the streets of Copenhagen. Here you will find street names such as Ben Webster Street, Ernie Wilkins Street and Kenny ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzkaar 2016

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Jazzkaar
Tallinn, Estonia
April 22-May 1, 2016

The Jazzkaar festival has been an annual event in Tallinn, Estonia, since 1990, when Soviet dominance was crumbling. Its roots lie in the original 1966 and '67 jazz festivals, before these were banned by those Russian occupiers. Surely the presence of honorary hippie ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Sarah Riedel: Living Up To Expectations

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The world of jazz is no stranger to the sound of the Swedish language. Alice Babs and Monica Zetterlund--and more recently, Rigmor Gustafsson--are just a few of the names of jazz vocalists hailing from this cold northern country that have reached the ears of US and UK audiences.

Some people believe that spoken Swedish ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Luca Vitali - Il suono del Nord

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Il Libro

Aurore boreali, fiordi, salmoni, un re che si chiama Harald, fenomenali sciatori, un paio di attaccanti spilungoni che hanno lasciato il segno anche in Italia e una scena jazz da crepare d'invidia. Cresciuta rigogliosa nonostante la Novergia non sia esattamente al centro del villaggio globale. E nonostante gli evidenti limiti rappresentati ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kit Downes/Cormac O'Brien Band at McHughs

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Kit Downes/Cormac O'Brien Band
McHughs
Belfast, N. Ireland
September 13, 2014

Dating back to 1711, McHughs bar and restaurant is the oldest surviving building in jny: Belfast. As such, McHughs underground cellar, which played host to the Kit Downes/Cormac O'Brien Band seemed like an appropriate venue for a jazz gig. For ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Sticks: The Sticks

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The Sticks is a new, young Norwegian trio, another product of the acclaimed jazz conservatory in Trondheim--pianist Oscar Grönberg, (who was born in Sweden and plays in saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg quartet), double bassist Aksel Jensen and drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen (who plays in violinist Ola Kvernberg trio and in the modern jazz quintet Motif). The trio's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ulf Wakenius: Confessions of A Vagabond

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Happenstance may play a role in turning dreams into reality, but anyone who's ever realized a burning ambition will appreciate just how much hard work has paved the way. Two phone calls out of the blue almost twenty years apart opened doors to Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius, that in the first case he could only have ...


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