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Tolvan Big Band: Effortlessly - Music by Helge Albin

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Swedish saxophonist, composer and arranger Helge Albin has led the Tolvan Big Band since 1979. Albin turned this ambitious, up-to-date big band, located in Malmö in southern Sweden, into a musical institution with an international reputation. They have collaborated with notable American musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman and Michael Brecker, British composer Mike Westbrook ...

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Tolvan Big Band: Tarantula Suite

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The Tolvan Big Band is one of Scandinavia's most experienced big bands. Located in Malmö, in southern Sweden, this orchestra has been working since 1979 and, under saxophonist/musical director Helge Albin, has collaborated with notable Americans such as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman and Michael Brecker, British composer Mike Westbrook and Danish saxophonist Lars Møller; the band ...

Mads Vinding: Bubbles & Ballads / Bass & Bones

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With the death of Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen in 2005, the keys to the kingdom of double bass playing in Denmark passed at long last to Mads Vinding. Only two years separated the two men--Pedersen was born in 1946, Vinding in 1948--but “young" Vinding always found himself in the giant shadow cast by Pedersen.

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Tolvan Big Band: Code Red

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From the coastal town of Malmo, Sweden, the eighteen-piece Tolvan Big Band has developed into one of the finest contemporary jazz orchestras in the world. Led by saxophonist and composer Helge Albin since 1979, the band entered Sun Studios in Copenhagen on April 22nd of 2007 and emerged with Code Red, a powerhouse recording of seven ...

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Tolvan Big Band: Code Red

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Sweden must have more jazz big bands per head of population than any other country in the world. Tolvan Big Band, based in the southern port city of Malmö, is the cream of the crop. Tolvan means The Twelve, the number of musicians in the band when it was formed in the late 1960s. It also ...

The Tolvan Big Band: A Walk in the Centerpoint

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When it comes to swinging in a contemporary groove, Sweden’s Tolvan Big Band takes a back seat to no one. This is a killer ensemble, able to stare down the most formidable charts without flinching or even blinking an eye. Regardless of mood or tempo the sense of forward motion is always there, thanks to fastidious ...

Tolvan Big Band/Ken Schaphorst Big Band: Tolvan Big Band: Plays the Music of Helge Albin/ Ken Schaphorst Big Band: Purple

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Critics Note. Tolvan Big Band: Plays the Music of Helge Albin and Ken Schaphorst Big Band: Purple were previously reviewed by AAJ 's Big Band aficionado, Jack Bowers in the January and February 1999 issues of All About Jazz, respectively. Additionally, Ken Schaphorst Big Band: Purple was reviewed by Mark Corroto in the March Issue of ...

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Tolvan Big Band: Plays the Music of Helge Albin

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While one still hears on occasion that the big bands are dead — and in this country, at least, many are on life support — Sweden, whose population is less than New York City’s, has today roughly 500 active big bands. Although it should be noted that the greater number of them are local amateur groups, ...