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Lyder Øvreås Røed: The Moon Doesn't Drink

Read "The Moon Doesn't Drink" reviewed by Chris May

A promising own-name debut from the Norwegian trumpeter, Lyder Øvreås Røed's The Moon Doesn't Drink has both feet planted in analogue-era jazz yet sounds wholly modern. Røed's melodic, intimate style and burnished tone may be reminiscent of pre-electric Miles Davis, but if this album comes across, at times, a bit like Davis' Kind Of Blue (CBS, ...

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Rymden: Reflections And Odysseys

Read "Reflections And Odysseys" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Is it mere coincidence, or fate, that Bugge Wesseltoft and the late Esbjo Svensson were both born in the same quarter of 1964? More to the point, Wesseltoft, having effectively merged his New Conception of Jazz with the two surviving members of Svensson's e.s.t., has now hatched a veritable Scandinavian supergroup. The formation of Rymden is ...

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Atomic: Lucidity

Read "Lucidity" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

"Laterna Interfruit," il brano iniziale, è un'indovinata miscela di accattivanti groove ritmici e atmosfere nordiche, di assoli calibrati e di timbriche inusuali, di esplosioni free e di canonici riff di matrice boppistica. Sono queste le coordinate entro le quali si muove l'intero Lucidity, settima prova discografica dell'ensemble norvegese denominato Atomic.

Le oscillazioni ora ...

Bugge Wesseltoft: Bugge and Friends

Read "Bugge Wesseltoft: Bugge and Friends" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Back in the late 1990s Bugge Wesseltoft was best known as a leading light in the jazz house scene that sought to integrate jazz into the electronic music of the day. His primary outlet at the time was his New Conception of Jazz project that culminated in the wonderful 2001 collection Moving and which represented a ...

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Atomic: Lucidity

Read "Lucidity" reviewed by Troy Collins

Living up to their name in performance and on record, the all-star Norwegian quintet Atomic challenges preconceived notions regarding the stereotypically introspective nature of Nordic jazz. Inspired by the unbridled spirit of 1960s American “Fire Music" and the post-war school of European free improvisation, Atomic eclipses the meditative lyricism of influential local legends like Jan Garbarek ...

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Atomic: Lucidity

Read "Lucidity" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

There's an inference on this Norwegian ensemble's webpage bio that its blend of free-jazz and dynamic mode of operations is the antithesis to their fellow countrymen's largely quaint or ethereal jazz output evidenced on ECM Records, for example. However, it's not that these innuendos or tenets are viewed as negatives, but the highly respected musicians comprising ...

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Bugge Wesseltoft: OK World

Read "OK World" reviewed by John Kelman

There are artists who find their niche and then spend the rest of their careers carefully honing that one thing--often to great effect and, in some lucky cases, great success. Then there's Bugge Wesseltoft. Since emerging in the mid-'90s with his techno/house/electronica-driven New Conception of Jazz series--which didn't just establish him in his native Norway but, ...

Ola Kvernberg Trio: Northern Tapes

Read "Ola Kvernberg Trio: Northern Tapes" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been three years since Ola Kvernberg released the ambitious Liarbird (Jazzland, 2011), a studio document of his 2010 Molde International Jazz Festival commission where guest Joshua Redman was recruited for the live performance, but where, far more than a ringer for Kvernberg, Redman was clearly awestruck by this virtuosic young violinist/composer. It's not that Kvernberg ...

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Jan Bang: Narrative from the Subtropics

Read "Narrative from the Subtropics" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Years ago, renowned film director Derek Jarman filmed a daring film called Blue where the viewers could only see a blue screen behind which the sounds from the scenes could be heard but not seen. This way, the viewers imagined the film based on the dialogues and the sound they heard, and placed their own images ...

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Jan Bang: Narrative From The Subtropics

Read "Jan Bang: Narrative From The Subtropics" reviewed by Henning Bolte

For Norwegian electronic musician Jan Bang, the studio is no longer a perfectly isolated space to assemble and produce fictitious beautiful sounds--a boundary he has long since transcended. He not only brought studio equipment and techniques to the performing stage but he also started using them as tools in live improvisation. Together with fellow musician and ...