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Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Ephland

Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
October 7-16, 2016

This year's autumnal Stockholm Jazz Festival continued their tilt toward world and improvisational music in the context of a jazz festival. That said, there was an ample supply of shows to go see and hear where “jazz" was preeminent. Programming world ...

Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Today

Read "Today" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before proceeding, three cheers and a hearty round of applause are in order, as Today, the fifteenth album recorded by the impressive Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, helps mark the thirtieth anniversary of one of Scandinavia's most celebrated big bands. This truly is an ensemble with no discernible weaknesses: sharp soloists in almost every chair, a remarkable adeptness ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Johannesson & Schultz: Johannesson & Schultz

Read "Johannesson & Schultz" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Johannesson & Schultz is an album that triggers memories of those heady days in the late 1960s when fusion was all the rage. One that evokes distant echoes of Miles Davis' In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and the work of guitarist Larry Coryell. It harks back to the quieter, more meditative end of the genre, ...

Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Stockholm Jazz Orchestra plays Stockholm Jazz Orchestra

Read "Stockholm Jazz Orchestra plays Stockholm Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra is a world class outfit. Led by veteran trumpet player Fredrik Noren and featuring arrangements by Chicago pianist Jim McNeely, its members come from all over Sweden and beyond in a fascinating meeting of generations. Consider, if you will, the trumpet section where grey-haired, moustachioed Gustavo Bergalli, born 1940 in Buenos Aires ...

Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Sailing

Read "Sailing" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is the second volume by the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra of compositions and arrangements by its talented pianist, Göran Strandberg, following 2000's Lakes (Dragon). As on that earlier album, much of the music is Strandberg's, with half a dozen of his original works complementing inventive arrangements of Harold Arlen's “Come Rain or Come Shine, Jerome Kern's ...

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The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Tango

Read "Tango" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stockholm isn’t as far from Buenos Aires as one might have assumed. Faced with the daunting task of adapting Argentina’s most popular dance music to a big–band framework, the Swedes who comprise the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra perform like native–born South Americans in a persuasive session that would no doubt have brought a smile to the lips ...

The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Jim McNeely: Sound Bites

Read "Sound Bites" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As a partisan of straight–ahead big–band Jazz, I approach cautiously any album encompassing Jim McNeely’s music, as I can never be sure before listening which of the two McNeelys may show up, the laid–back moderate or the wild–eyed extremist. Happily, Sound Bites, recorded with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra in ’95 and featuring on four tracks McNeely’s ...