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Linus + Skarbø / Leroux: Linus + Skarbø / Leroux

Read "Linus + Skarbø / Leroux" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the seven years since its inception, El Negocito Records, based in Ghent, Belgium, has established itself as one of the most adventurous and far-ranging independent labels on the European new music scene. The phrase “new music" is operative here because the label concentrates on improvisation in all of its musical guises. There are modern jazz ...

Ruben Machtelinckx & Linus: Belgian Experimental Music, Strings Attached

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Belgian guitarist/composer Ruben Machtelinckx has built an impressive catalog of recordings as a leader since graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2010. He tends to work in groups with no drummer, a chamber jazz approach that suits his lyrical, sometimes minimalist compositions well. His guitar style is tasteful and devoid of flashy pyrotechnics: even ...

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Silent Songs: Introducing Ruben Machtelinckx

Read "Silent Songs: Introducing Ruben Machtelinckx" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The easiest way to impress as a musician is to play loud and fast, but it is not necessarily the most emotionally engaging way of playing music. Instead, some of the best music creates a quiet room that it is possible to inhabit for the listener and such a space has become necessary in a time ...

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The Nordic Fusion of BoogiePost Recordings

Read "The Nordic Fusion of BoogiePost Recordings" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish, Copenhagen-based guitarist Samuel Hällkvist and Swedish, Gothenburg-based guitarist Thomas Gunillasson suggest two different perspectives on the legacy of fusion on their new recordings, one reaches for infinite, futuristic sounds and the other is rooted in fusion technical legacy.

Samuel Hällkvist
Variety of Live
BoogiePost Recordings
2015

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Vossa Jazz 2015

Read "Vossa Jazz 2015" reviewed by Henning Bolte


VOSSA JAZZ
Voss
March 28 -29, 2015

Vossa Jazz, founded in 1973, an annual three-day event with a great variety of groups and acts, is a highly prestigious jazz festival in Norway. Thanks especially to its commissions and awards, it has an important national and international function. In 1983 the ...

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Bly De Blyant: Hindsight Bias

Read "Hindsight Bias" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This genre-leaping international trio is fronted by Norwegian drummer Øyvind Skarbø, and features Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson (TYFT, Jim Black's AlasNoAxis) and Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily (Marc Ribot, John Zorn). With its second album, the trio's enterprising electro-organic mix proffers a sense of adventure via these compact and disparate pieces, underscored by memorable themes, which is ...

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Endangered Blood: Work Your Magic

Read "Work Your Magic" reviewed by Troy Collins

Work Your Magic is the sophomore follow-up to Endangered Blood's self-titled 2011 Skirl Records debut. The acoustic quartet features an all-star lineup, with Human Feel's Chris Speed and Jim Black joined by fellow Skirl label mates Oscar Noriega and Trevor Dunn. First named The Benefit Band, the group was initially formed in 2008 to help Human ...

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2011: April 27-May 2, 2011

Read "Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2011: April 27-May 2, 2011" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham, England
April 27-May 2, 2011
The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, now in its sixteenth year, is one of the more eclectic of British jazz festivals, this year featuring major jazz figures such as vocalist Dame Cleo Laine and singer/pianist Jamie Cullum, cutting-edge bands like Outhouse Quartet and Curios, and throwing in ...

Outhouse: Straw, Sticks And Bricks

Read "Straw, Sticks And Bricks" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Outhouse, part of the London-based Loop Collective, is an outfit that's willing to explore--and not just within the boundaries of jazz. After a trip to The Gambia in 2007, the band brought five Wolof drummers to the UK to record its second album, Ruhabi (Babel, 2010). For third album Straw, Sticks And Bricks the core quartet ...

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Take Five With Esa Pietila

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Meet Esa Pietilä:

Esa´s original style and various projects--trio, new quartet (formed 2008, with ECM artist Iro Haarla, solo saxophone concerts and more, have stabilized his position performing on the national/international jazz circuit, and have led him to dates in Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Austria, Iceland, England, USA, Australia, New Zeeland, Brazil ...