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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

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2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

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12 Points 2014, Umea

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12 Points 2014
Umeå, Sweden
April 10-12, 2014

Umeå, 400 miles north of Stockholm at the Ume river and near the gulf of Bothnia, is the capital of Västerbotten County. The city is located on the plain coastal strip, with an enormous wide horizon on all sides, and everything in the city ...

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Lena Willemark / Jonas Knutsson / Mats Oberg: Alla Drommars Sang

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Alla Drömmars Sång (Song of Dreams) is the debut of three resourceful and versatile Swedish master musicians who bridge the Swedish rich folk music with jazz and world music sensibilities. All three musicians worked with Swedish mufti-instrumentalist and world music pioneer Ale Möller, who wrote the liner notes for this album. Vocalist Lena Willmark led with ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2013

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Bray Jazz Festival
Bray, County Wicklow
Ireland
May 3-5, 2013

For many years, the picturesque town of Bray's main claim to fame has been that it's the oldest inhabited seaside town in Ireland. That is, it was the main claim to fame until Bray local lass Katie Taylor won boxing gold at the 2012 ...

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Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends III

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The test of a great Christmas album is simple: will it sound good in August? Christmas With My Friends III should ace that particular test. Even those who derive most festive fun from repeatedly grunting “Bah, Humbug" at passing kindergarten children will be drawn into the spell of this music. Beautifully performed by some of the ...

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2012 Umea Jazz Festival: Umea, Sweden, October 24-28, 2012

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2012 Umeå Jazz Festival
Umeå, Sweden
October 24-28, 2012
Nestled about 20 kilometers from the coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Sweden, connected by the Ume River, sits Umeå (pronounced: ooo-me-oh), a town of about 120,000 (including the surrounding region). Small it may be, but since 1968 it has hosted an annual jazz festival that ...

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Jonas Knutsson: Blaslatar

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To the English-speaking world, the titles of Blaslatar's songs may be daunting to pronounce, but it's strongly advised to get over it because that is when the true majesty and breathtaking beauty of Jonas Knutsson's playing can be truly appreciated. The saxophonist was raised in Umea, Sweden by parents who hosted the annual jazz festival there. ...

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Haci Tekbilek: Türlü

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Haci Tekbilek è un polistrumentista e compositore siriano trasferitosi in Svezia nel 1974 che in questo bel disco riassume in qualche modo la duplice esperienza (se non matrice, che rimane schiettamente calata nel bacino mediorientale, salvo “Ellika's Spice," di chiaro referente nordeuropeo), affidando a un largo ventaglio di strumentisti (e, all'occasione, cantanti, come del resto Tekbilek stesso), appunto sia ...

Bengt Berger: Beches Brew

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Se riconsideriamo il titolo di questo album, dopo averne ascoltato il contenuto, siamo tentati di aggiungere da qualche parte la frase che spesso troviamo alla chiusura di un film o di un romanzo: “ogni riferimento è puramente casuale". Questa dichiarazione cautelativa la dovremmo collegare a Bitches Brew, il capolavoro del Miles Davis elettrico. Il titolo di questo album del ...

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Jonas Knutsson/Mats Oberg: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

An alluring aspect of this record, even before the first notes are heard is that it is simply titled Live. Expectation is enormous. It is a “live" record. What will happen? The elasticity of the jazz idiom fills the musical prospect with great expectation. Finally, performing on this record are the magnificent Swedish saxophonist, Jonas Knutsson ...