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Simon Toldam Trio: Omhu

Read "Omhu" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un'eleganza persino un po' estenuata, ma con un suo pathos e una sua cifra stilistica, caratterizza questo nuovo lavoro (dovrebbe essere il quarto) del trio capitanato dal giovane pianista danese Simon Toldam. Nove i brani, tutti del leader tranne il secondo e il quarto, firmati “democraticamente" dal trio al completo, e tutti più o meno indistintamente ...

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Simon Toldam Trio: Omhu

Read "Omhu" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The bebop and hard bop revolution of the forties and fifties made speed a virtue as razor-sharp unison lines cut through the rhythms. A saxophonist like Johnny Griffin was praised for his fast way of playing that also underlined his technical virtuosity, and the muscular style signaled a music completely in touch with modernity.

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Kresten Osgood Quintet: Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz

Read "Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

One way of getting a handle on a jazz artist's style is a perusal of their “played with," “recorded with" resume. Danish drummer Kresten Osgood has collaborated in the recording studio with the likes of pianists Paul Bley and Masabumi Kikuchi, bassist Mark Dresser and saxophonist Sam Rivers--free-flying iconoclasts all. The drummer/bandleader lives up to that ...

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Kresten Osgood Quintet: Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz

Read "Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Danish drummer Kresten Osgood achieves the musical equivalent of pay-it-forward with Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz. His ensemble of up-and-coming Copenhagen musicians delivers convincing renditions of some archetypal compositions, plus three originals by the leader.

The choice of music on these two discs exposes the quintet to many types of possible criticism. Listeners familiar ...

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Maniscalco, Bigoni, Solborg: Foil

Read "Foil" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Non poteva esserci luogo più adatto--ad ospitare la musica del trio formato da Emanuele Maniscalco, Francesco Bigoni e Mark Solborg--degli ambienti settecenteschi del Ridotto del Teatro Grande di Brescia. Marmi, affreschi e cristalli che non solo fungono da suggestivo coté ma diventano in qualche modo interlocutori inconsapevoli con le dinamiche e le suggestioni musicali create dal ...

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The Firebirds: Aladdin's Dream

Read "Aladdin's Dream" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Three years on from The Firebirds (ILK Music, 2015), a riveting trio interpretation of the music of Igor Stravinsky--and to a lesser extent of Aram Khatjaturjan--Stefan Pasborg turns his attention closer to home with the music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931). The debut recording was in Pasborg's name but second time out the trio, featuring ...

15 Italian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "15 Italian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

It is not unusual for colleagues and promoters from across Europe and the United States to ask me: “Which Italian jazz musicians should I check out?"

For decades, Italy has enjoyed an increasingly prominent place in the vast landscape of European Jazz. The names of some of its most famous players, like trumpeters Enrico ...

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Tomo Jacobson: When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C major I will follow you to the end

Read "When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C major I will follow you to the end" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Copenhagen-based bassist Tomo Jacobson--employing his musical vehicle, Moonbow--creates a musical ruckus with When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C-major I will follow you to the end (how's that for a CD title?). And it sounds like a ruckus in the blacksmith shop--metallic, slashing guitar, raucous, ragged-edged, tin/brass saxophones over ...

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Tomo Jacobson: When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C major I will follow you to the end

Read "When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C major I will follow you to the end" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Every record seeks its ideal listener, but this concept is very abstract and often remains a riddle, but to Polish-born bassist, Tomo Jacobson, his ideal listener is very real and responded in the best possible way to the music on his album When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C ...

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ZAKS: Live at 5e

Read "Live at 5e" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In the music business, bootlegs are generally considered a bad thing. Often poorly recorded and not sanctioned by the artists. However, while some people with dubious intentions have definitely speculated in earning quick cash, there are also others, who have simply recorded music because they were such big fans that it was a necessity to document ...