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Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer

Read "Björk: Jazz Muse & Hyperballadeer" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If jazz is, as someone put it, the sound of surprise, then it makes complete sense that countless musicians have become enamored with the music of Björk. Like the most innovative jazz musicians, Bjork is a restless artist who tries to continuously reinvent herself, often blending familiar sources in completely unprecedented ways, and deliberately challenging the ...

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Fredrik Nordstrom: Needs

Read "Needs" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Un doppio quartetto alla maniera di Ornette Coleman anni sessanta con alcuni dei più importanti improvvisatori svedesi riuniti dal sassofonista Fredrik Nordstrom è il meraviglioso ensemble che da vita a Needs. Il risultato è un disco di estrema bellezza nel quale le radici solide del bop si espandono e raggiungono i territori della libera improvvisazione, del ...

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Russ Johnson, Christian McBride and Noah Preminger

Read "Russ Johnson,  Christian McBride and Noah Preminger" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Excellent recent albums from Russ Johnson and Christian McBride together with a focus on Noah Preminger lead a packed show with a mix a brand new releases and music from the archives.

Playlist Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer “Serpent Kane" from Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 00:00 Christian McBride “Walkin' Funny" from ...

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Filip Augustson: Viva Black

Read "Viva Black" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish double bassist Filip Augustson leads a reasonable personal life and career. He recorded his debut album as a leader about ten years ago, Ich Bin Filip Augustson (Moserobie, 2004) and has collaborated with vibes player Mattias Ståhl's Ståhls Blå, sax players Fredrik Ljungkvist and Fredrik Nordström and keyboard player Mats Öberg. Augustson is a happily ...

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Alberto Pinton: Nascent

Read "Nascent" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Italian-born, Stockholm-based sax and woodwinds player Alberto Pinton new quartet Nascent = 14719 brings the best of him. Pinton is an experienced and varied musician who honed his art in dozens of recordings as a leader, co-leader-- in his own former quartet and quintet, Dog Out quartet with saxophonist Fredrik Nordström and another collaborative quartet with ...

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"Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On

Read ""Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With Betty sidelined by a bad cough, it was up to me to seek out local jazz events in February, and I managed to find a couple of pretty good ones, starting February 7 at the University of New Mexico's Keller Hall where SuperSax New Mexico performed for the third time in Albuquerque. As you may ...

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Fredrik Nordstrom: String

Read "String" reviewed by James Pearse

On his tenth leader recording, String, adventurous Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom pairs his jazz trio (sax, bass, drums) with a string trio (violin, viola, cello) in an attempt to tackle ten of his original compositions and arrangements.

As well as writing and arranging albums under his own name, Nordstrom is an experienced co-leader and sideman, ...

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Fredrik Nordstrom Quartet: Blue

Read "Blue" reviewed by Mark Corroto



Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Nordström (b. 1974) has been a player garnering much attention over the last few years. As his discography reaches double digits, his sound has consolidated and concentrated into a recognizable tenor approach. Blue is his fifth disc for Moserobie Music and first recording with piano legend Bobo Stenson.



All ...

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Fredrik Nordstrom Quintet: Moment

Read "Moment" reviewed by John Kelman

When asked about the difference between American and European jazz, most artists in the know will say that the lines have become so blurred as to make the distinction pointless. Performers on both side of the Atlantic now liberally blend the elements of swing and free music, so commonly associated with the American tradition, with the ...

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Fredrik Nordstr: On Purpose

Read "On Purpose" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The title of Swedish tenor saxophonist Fredrik Norström's latest album suggests that the music was arranged On Purpose, so we won?t argue the point -- even though much of it sounds (to our ears, at least) more unpremeditated than purposeful. Well, perhaps that's a slight exaggeration. Nordström and his colleagues have talent, there's no doubt about ...