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JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell
Bergen, Norway
May 23-27, 2018

If anyone should be in doubt, Norwegian jazz is thriving. Through many years, the musicians in Norway have continued to refine what might be called a particularly Norwegian approach to the jazz tradition. It is not about repeating any preconceived ideas ...

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Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun

Read "Disappeared Behind the Sun" reviewed by John Sharpe

On the sixth release from reedman Martin Küchen's mid-sized Angles ensemble, all the winning traits so evident on previous outings are still present and correct: heart wrenching melodies, huge foot-tapping riffs, sweeping chorales and adventurous raw soloing, not least by the leader himself. Many of the same top notch players remain on board, notably trombonist Mats ...

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

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Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills.

In the 21st century there are countless ...

Atomic: Six Easy Pieces

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Founded in 2000, the Swedish/Norwegian group Atomic has remained true to their uncommon blend of American and European influences over the years. With only one lineup change since their inception, the quintet continues to pay homage--in equal parts--to the post 1960s era in the US, and the inherent innovations of Europe's northern-most region. With Six Easy ...

Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun

Read "Disappeared Behind the Sun" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The nonet, Angles 9, returns fully intact from their Injuries (Clean Feed, 2014) and with a powerful political and social statement on Disappeared Behind the Sun. The direct correlation between the title and the content is the imprisonment, torture, murder and starvation of innocent victims of world conflicts. Even without the seeming advantage of words, the ...

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Alexander Zethson: Pole Of Inaccessibility

Read "Pole Of Inaccessibility" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You are both awake and asleep. Listening, but at the same time paying no heed to the experience. Am I talking about the ancient Buddhist practice of yoga nidra or the recording Pole Of Inaccessibility by Swedish pianist Alexander Zethson? Actually both.

The finest tribute that can be paid to these two discs of ...

Bergamo Jazz 2016

Read "Bergamo Jazz 2016" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

For the first time under the artistic direction of trumpeter Dave Douglas, the 38th edition of the Bergamo Jazz Festival--one of Europe's longest running jazz events--invaded the ancient and noble city in the North of Italy with a joyous celebration of the music's diversity.

The beautifully restored Teatro Sociale in the Città Alta--Bergamo's ancient ...

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Bergamo Jazz 2016

Read "Bergamo Jazz 2016" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bergamo Jazz 2016
13-20 mar.

Tutto sommato Bergamo Jazz 2016 ha tenuto fede alle parole programmatiche di Dave Douglas, suo nuovo direttore artistico, tese a presentare “un ampio spaccato di alcune delle espressioni di questa musica in costante evoluzione...," in considerazione anche del fatto che essa “ci arriva in varie forme e ...

Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Today

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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 ...

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Steve Swell: Kanreki: Reflection & Renewal

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To mark his sixtieth birthday (December 6, 2014), trombonist Steve Swell, long the pre-eminent trombonist on the NYC free jazz scene, invokes the Japanese custom of Kanreki. Although it is said to signal both a rebirth and a handing on of responsibilities, Swell shows no signs of allowing the occasion to inhibit his ambition. Over the ...