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ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé

Read "Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion
This Is the Life I Choose
33 Jazz Records
2017

Zoe Schwarz and her band, the Blue Commotion, have been making a name for themselves in their native England for the better part of this decade. With five albums to their credit, the band and singer have ...

Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Today

Read "Today" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before proceeding, three cheers and a hearty round of applause are in order, as Today, the fifteenth album recorded by the impressive Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, helps mark the thirtieth anniversary of one of Scandinavia's most celebrated big bands. This truly is an ensemble with no discernible weaknesses: sharp soloists in almost every chair, a remarkable adeptness ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vivian Buczek: Curiosity

Read "Curiosity" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Vivian Buczek is blessed with a glorious voice--warm, emotional, engaging--and a talent for sophisticated interpretations of established but not over-worked songs. Curiosity, the Swedish singer's fifth album, places her in the company of a piano trio led by the excellent pianist and arranger Martin Sjöstedt. It's company she clearly relishes and in which she shines brightly.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

LSD: Trio Colossus

Read "Trio Colossus" reviewed by James Pearse

The stark, somewhat austere cover art of Trio Colossus, from Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Lindborg's LSD trio, belies the warm, rich music it houses.

The sultry opening bars of “It Ain't Necessarily So" set the mood for this impressive recording, which features four Lindborg originals and carefully chosen pieces by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Swedish ...

Martin Sjostedt Band: Mondeo

Read "Mondeo" reviewed by Ken Hohman

As the AAJ column Nordic Sounds attests, there is a lot of fine jazz coming out of Scandinavia as of late. One group that certainly deserves an audience beyond the borders of Scandinavia is the Martin Sjostedt Band, which hails from Sweden. Led by the steel-fingered young bassist Martin Sjostedt, the band’s new release Mondeo puts ...