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ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Dease's new album and a focus on Paolo Fresu

Read "Michael Dease's new album and a focus on Paolo Fresu" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week the exceptional new record from Michael Dease is the featured album, plus we focus on trumpeter Paolo Fresu, and spin a selection of high quality jazz music. Playlist Michael Dease “Pearls" from Bonafide (Posi-tone) 00:00 Daniel Bennett Group “Loose Fitting Spare Tire" from We Are the Orchestra (Manhatten Daylight Media) 06:08 Florian Weber “From ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017

Read "Alfa Jazz Fest 2017" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017
Lviv, Ukraine
June 23-27, 2017

Jazz festivals are different in Europe. There are more of them, and they are crucial to the economic viability, social solidarity and creative evolution of the jazz art form. Many European towns that host their own annual jazz events seem like ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Lundgren: Potsdamer Platz

Read "Potsdamer Platz" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Jan Lundgren is a fine example of a classically-trained European musician with a strong empathy with mainstream jazz. Potsdamer Platz is, in turn, a fine example of Lundgren's ability to compose fresh-sounding and often beautiful tunes, allied to a talented quartet of players who know just how to bring the pianist's ideas to life.

NEWS: RECORDING

Jan Lundgren: Styne and Young

Jan Lundgren: Styne and Young

In 2001 and 2002, Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren released songbook tributes to Jule Styne and Victor Young, respectively, with his trio and special guests. Within a few years, the prized releases recorded in Copenhagen on the Sittel label disappeared and were available only through independent sellers for upward of $155. Now, The Jan Lundgren Trio Plays ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Time in Jazz 2016

Read "Time in Jazz 2016" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Time in Jazz
Sardegna, vari luoghi
8-16.08.2016

Erano diciassette i Comuni della Sardegna nord-orientale coinvolti in questa ventinovesima edizione di Time in Jazz, diretta dall'instancabile e onnipresente Paolo Fresu, sempre alla ricerca di collaborazioni, idee e proposte nuove. Le suggestive ambientazioni naturalistiche e storiche del festival, comprendente le appendici di Time in ...

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

Read "Jan Lundgren: Swedish Ballads... & More...  Quietly There" reviewed by Chris Mosey

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzkaar 2016

Read "Jazzkaar 2016" reviewed by Martin Longley

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: LIVE REVIEWS

WDR Jazz Fest 2016

Read "WDR Jazz Fest 2016" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

WDR Jazz Fest
Theatre Munster
Münster, Germany
January 30, 2016

The multi-stationed broadcaster WDR (West German Radio) is known throughout most of greater Germany as a powerhouse of jazz programming and concert promotion. That lofty reputation was upheld and then some with Jazz Fest 2016, which included a Saturday night with ...

Take Five with Andreas Loven

Read "Take Five with Andreas Loven" reviewed by Andreas Loven

About Andreas Loven:
Andreas Loven is a pianist and composer from jny: Oslo, Norway, and is currently signed to the acclaimed Norwegian jazz label Losen Records. He departed from his career in engineering, moved to South Africa and ventured into jazz in his early twenties. He has since performed extensively in South Africa with artists ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nils Landgren: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Hot on the heels of his guest appearance on Mo' Blow's funky Live In Berlin (ACT Music, 2016), trombonist and singer Nils Landgren moves over to Broadway with Some Other Time. As the sub-title makes clear, this is A Tribute To Leonard Bernstein--a worthy and at times achingly beautiful tribute, too.

Landgren is joined ...