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Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé

Read "Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion
This Is the Life I Choose
33 Jazz Records
2017

Zoe Schwarz and her band, the Blue Commotion, have been making a name for themselves in their native England for the better part of this decade. With five albums to their credit, the band and singer have ...

Vivian Buczek: Ella Lives

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Sweden's Vivian Buczek, fast approaching her 40th birthday, comes across more as a schoolgirl with a crush on her teacher on this, her seventh solo album, which pays tribute to The First Lady Of Song. Ella Fitzgerald--had she not died in 1996--would be 100 this year.

“Ella Fitzgerald has always been my greatest ...

SE-Quartet: Going North

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This album is dedicated to the refugees who have arrived in Scandinavia in recent years. On the day it was released, April 7 2017, one of those refugees, Rakhmat Akilov, aged 39, drove a hijacked truck into the entrance of the Åhlens department store in the centre of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, killing four people.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Elisabeth Melander: Reflections Of A Voice

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Elisabeth Melander was born in Boden, a military town in the cold and desolate north of Sweden. She used her vocal abilities and knowledge of music to escape and is now based in the southern cities of Lund and Malmö, travelling all over the Nordic Area, teaching, spreading the word about jazz and encouraging young musicians. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Norrbotten Big Band featuring Georg 'Jojje' Wadenius: Jojje Wadenius (70)

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The province of Norrbotten is the furthest north you can go in Sweden. It is a place of granite mountains, their summits capped with snow most of the year and circled by golden eagles. In the valleys the Sami people, wearing colourful folk costumes, herd reindeer and drink coffee laced with salt from wooden cups.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lars Jansson: Satori

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Satori means “sudden enlightenment" in the Japanese Buddhist discipline known as Zen. It's something you might be wise not to claim you had experienced for fear of the head priest fetching you a whack across the shoulders with his wooden staff while shouting something deep and meaningful such as “The pine tree in the courtyard!"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ellen Andersson Quartet: I'll Be Seeing You

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Swedish vocalist Ellen Andersson sings in a strangely forced way, trying to imitate Billie Holiday but sounding more like someone in dire need of a laxative.

This is most apparent on “You've Changed," which Holiday recorded on her 1958 Columbia album Lady In Satin when past her prime.

In 2013 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Carin Lundin: What Now My Love?

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Carin Lundin is a class act, one of Sweden's best jazz singers. She hangs in there year on year, ably fending off the challenge of newer arrivals, without ever getting the full recognition she so richly deserves.

In 2005 her disk, “Songs We All Recognize" was named one of the year's best albums ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Thomas Fonnesbaek: Where We Belong

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Aficionados increasingly see Danish bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek as a successor to the late, great Nils-Henning Orsted Pedersen. He is heard here as part of a trio featuring Swedish pianist Lars Jansson, the format that established his reputation.

The album consists primarily of Fonnesbaek's own compositions and others put together on the spot with ...

Anna Lundqvist Quintet: Ten

Read "Ten" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Ten marks the tenth anniversary of Swedish vocalist Anna Lundqvist's band, initially a quartet, then since 2009 a quintet. This is Lundqvist's fourth album, offering twelve of Lundqvist's most popular songs recorded live during 2014 at jazz clubs around Sweden. Her Gothenburg-based quintet, featuring pianist Fabian Kallerdahl, double bassist Mattias Grönroos, drummer Jon-Erik Björänge and saxophonist ...


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