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Frode Kjekstad: The Italian Job

Read "The Italian Job" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The sound of a Hammond organ has the knack of automatically resetting your watch to 1960-something, just as wah-wah guitar unfailingly conjures the 1970s and the dreaded synthesizer, the 1980s. And whilst Norwegian guitarist Frode Kjekstad's organ trio unequivocally revives the spirit of organists Jack McDuff and Jimmy Smith on The Italian Job, his trio--with organist ...

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Sandvika Storband: Live at B

Read "Live at B" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though the Sandvika Storband (big band) is tucked away in an enclave near Norway's capital, Oslo, far removed from the antennae of most listeners outside northern Europe, you'd have to travel the world over to find a more proficient ensemble. As I wrote when reviewing Sandvika's album Greenhouse - Live at Smuget six years ago, ...

Sandvika Storband: Lining Up!

Read "Lining Up!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is the second superlative recording we’ve heard in the last two months by Norway’s world–class Sandvika Storband (the other, Greenhouse—Live at Smuget, was reviewed in May). This time around, the band has some help (not that it needs any) from three acclaimed guest artists, two from the UK (trombonist/composer Mark Nightingale, vocalist Claire Martin), the ...

Sandvika Storband: Greenhouse -- Live at Smuget

Read "Greenhouse -- Live at Smuget" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Far from being “dead,” as some have seen fit to pronounce them, big bands are alive and flourishing in countries all over the world — and in every country there are one or two names that set the standard for excellence. In Norway, that name is Sandvika. I’ll tell you how good these guys are. Add ...


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