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Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

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The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved.

The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter ...

Joe Fiedler: Like, Strange

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It's not always easy for musicians to know what to call their own stuff, especially the kind of players who prefer not to settle into one cozy niche. Joe Fiedler certainly makes it difficult, being a fan of things from classic swing to avant-garde--some of which use the trombone in easily familiar ways, some of which ...

Trio Con Tromba's Treasure Trove of Previously Unreleased Recordings

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The term lagom is essential to the Swedish soul. There's no direct translation into English or any other language, but positive connotations of the word include “in balance" and “just the right amount," with the Swedish proverb Lagom är bäst translated as “Enough is as good as a feast." An aural equivalent of lagom can be ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Conrad Herwig: There's Nothing Else

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Talking about some of his great influences in jazz, Conrad Herwig points out that it's important to look beyond their achievements on their instruments. “Sometimes during a musician's lifetime, people put so much emphasis on their virtuosity as a player that they don't really think about the vehicle of their expression--their compositions." Herwig was speaking of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Phil Grenadier / Bruno Raberg Duo: Plunge

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Plunge is a captivating CD that features the formidable duo of bassist Bruno Råberg and trumpeter Phil Grenadier. Each musician brings to the table their unique background and decades of experience: Råberg hails from Sweden, and in his twenties he played with the cream of Swedish jazz musicians, including trombonist Eje Thelin, pianist Bobo Stenson and ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jan Johansson: In Hamburg with Georg Riedel

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Jan Johansson

In Hamburg with Georg Riedel

ACT Music

2011

The small number of posthumous releases in the 42 years since the death of Swedish jazz pianist/composer Jan Johansson at the age of 37 remains something of a mystery. Johansson--who pianist Esbjorn Svensson described as being “a very, very big influence“--has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eje Thelin: Eje Thelin 1966 with Barney Wilen

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Jazz was on the downswing in Europe in 1966, when this amiable recording was made, and trombonist Eje Thelin, whose quintet was named Sweden's best Jazz group only three years earlier, had been forced to disband and go on the road looking for steady work. While gigging in Paris he hooked up with tenor saxophonist Barney ...