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Lars Møller & Aarhus Jazz Orchestra: Glow of Benares

Read "Glow of Benares" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The Danish saxophonist, composer and bandleader, Lars Møller, has always been curious about the different languages of music and this curiosity has also followed him in his work as a conductor of Aarhus Jazz Orchestra. He has taken the reputable orchestra to new artistic heights with ReWrite of Spring, his bold homage to Igor Stravinskijs Sacre ...

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Lars Møller's Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat. David Liebman and Marilyn Mazur: ReWrite of Spring

Read "ReWrite of Spring" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early twentieth century, at a time when the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was barely known, he had already composed the celebrated works Firebird (1910) and Petrushka (1911). The 1913 work, The Rite of Spring, was to become renowned both as a ballet and as a stand-alone orchestral score. The Paris premier at the newly ...

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The Orchestra: New Skies

Read "New Skies" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In his liner notes to this second album by The Orchestra, renowned composer / arranger / trombonist Bob Brookmeyer writes that the Copenhagen-based ensemble “performs one of the rare functions in music -- they play as if they love the music and each other, and they give life to the written page, the key element in ...

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The Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra: Nice Work

Read "Nice Work" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There is indeed some “nice work” on this new release by the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, thanks largely to the DRJO’s world–class stature as a working big band and the imposing talents of chief conductor Jim McNeely whose sharp and swinging arrangement of the Gershwin brothers’ “Nice Work If You Can Get It” was Grammy–nominated this ...

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Copenhagen Art Ensemble: Angels' Share

Read "Angels' Share" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The folks who comprise the “Copenhagen Art Ensemble” are among the top modern jazz players in Denmark these days. And while many of the members veer off into splinter groups, such as “The Crossover Ensemble”, “When Granny Sleeps” and others, these musicians consistently turn in above par efforts regardless of the format or genre. With their ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Jordsange

Read "Jordsange" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Born in New York yet reared in Denmark, percussionist Marilyn Mazur has performed with a who’s who of modern jazz artists, which includes a stint with the late Miles Davis. Basically, Ms. Mazur is recognized as a percussionist who melds supple rhythms and multihued patterns into lyrically rich frameworks while adhering to compositional structure, nuance and ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Jordsange

Read "Jordsange" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Born in New York yet reared in Denmark, percussionist Marilyn Mazur has performed with a who’s who of modern jazz artists, which includes a stint with the late Miles Davis. Basically, Ms. Mazur is recognized as a percussionist who melds supple rhythms and multihued patterns into lyrically rich frameworks while adhering to compositional structure, nuance and ...

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When Granny Sleeps: Welcome

Read "Welcome" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The often thriving Danish Jazz scene remains somewhat of a mystery to many over here in the USA. Recent recordings by Pierre Dorge and his excellent “New Jungle Orchestra”, “The Crossover Ensemble” and a bunch of hip cats performing the music of legendary saxophonist John Tchicai on a 1999 release titled, Moonstone Journey serve as glowing ...

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Jeff Hackworth: What a Wonderful World

Read "What a Wonderful World" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Versatile saxophonist Jeff Hackworth, from the Buffalo, NY, area, has gained experience ranging from big band swing to blues. His debut CD,Just for You, concentrated on tasteful contemporary fare. For his sophomore effort, Hackworth presents a blues-oriented program in the austere setting of sax-organ-drums trio. With a smaller number of players to deal with, ...

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The Orchestra: Noxx

Read "Noxx" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For those who’d rather chew and digest their helpings of big–band Jazz slowly and carefully instead of gulping down a series of low–calorie riffs and shout choruses, here’s a lavish spread ably prepared by The Orchestra from beautiful Copenhagen, Denmark. The seven compositions, all by members of the band or director / tenor saxophonist Henrik Frisk, ...


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