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Raoul Bjorkenheim and eCsTaSy: eCsTaSy

Read "eCsTaSy" reviewed by Dave Wayne

For me, guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim is one of those musicians whose albums are always the subject of eager anticipation. His playing is both emotionally cathartic and intellectually gratifying. His highly-charged, utterly distinctive and immediately recognizable sound has been at the center of a number of fascinating cooperative groups over the past few years, including Scorch Trio ...

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Scorch Trio: Melaza

Read "Melaza" reviewed by John Kelman

Human nature may tend towards resisting change, but shaking up a group--even one with a longstanding and successful lineup--can sometimes drive the music in subtly different directions. Losing Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love may have seemed like a blow change for Scorch Trio, but recruiting Frank Rosaly--who moves around in the same circles as Nilssen-Love, playing with ...

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Scorch Trio: Melaza

Read "Melaza" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista americano di origine finlandese Raoul Bjorkenheim continua imperterrito ad esercitare una efficace opera di destrutturazione del linguaggio della chitarra elettrica con il suo trio denominato Scorch che lo vede affiancato, per questa occasione, dal bassista Ingebrigt Haker Flaten e dal batterista Frank Rosaly (che prende il posto di Paal Nilssen- Love). Gli otto brani sono tutti a ...

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Nick Mazzarella Trio: Aviary

Read "Aviary" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Nick Mazzarella keeps things neat and succinct on this shortish (30 minute) introductory release. Although compact, this release is quite loquacious and, perhaps, a presage of great things to come.

All six compositions were penned by Mazzarella, and harken back to the early 1960s, and the rise of Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. Mazzarella, ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2010: Day 2, November 5, 2010

Read "Tampere Jazz Happening 2010: Day 2, November 5, 2010" reviewed by John Kelman

Day 1 | Day 2 | Days 3-4
Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
November 4-7, 2010

Day two of Tampere Jazz Happening kicked the festival into high gear, with a terrific line-up at both the festival's primary venues: Pakkahuone's Old Customs House Hall, which seats upwards of a thousand people and is used ...

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Various Artists: Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep

Read "Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep" reviewed by John Kelman

Since releasing its first album, Supersilent's groundbreaking 1--3 (1998), Rune Grammofon has evolved into one of Norway's most consistently intrepid and unfettered labels. With every passing year, it's stylistic purview--largely focusing on Norwegian artists--expands just that extra bit further, with music ranging from the sublime beauty of In the Country's debut, This Was the Pace of ...

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Various Artists: I Never Meta Guitar

Read "I Never Meta Guitar" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are no fans of the guitar in today's creative music--they are better described as fanatics, or devotees. But then the guitar has always caused listeners to choose sides. I'm a fan of Jimmy Page and you, Pete Townshend--or do you prefer Wes Montgomery to my Jim Hall. John McLaughlin or Pete Cosey? Some of these ...

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Scorch Trio: Brolt

Read "Brolt" reviewed by John Kelman

First impressions may be lasting, but they're sometimes not as all-encompassing as they should be. Scorch Trio--the Norwegian/Finnish power trio featuring guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love--may appear to be a pedal-to-the-metal improvising power trio, a sense supported by Luggumt (Rune Grammofon, 2004). Still, over the course of three albums culminating ...

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Scorch Trio: Luggumt

Read "Luggumt" reviewed by Ty Cumbie

The opening notes of Luggumt have justifiably provoked comparisons with Jimi Hendrix. Guitarist Raoul Björkenheim gives an emphatic nod to the psychedelic rock god, then takes the electric guitar to places even he might never have reached had he lived as long.

Luggumt , the second recording from this Finno-Norwegian trio, begins with ...

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Scorch Trio: Luggumt

Read "Luggumt" reviewed by John Kelman

One listen to “Kjale Hole" on Scorch Trio's sophomore effort, Luggumt , and you quickly realize that this may be one of the most aptly-named groups on the scene today. Blistering in its intensity, the trio combines the searing energy of a rock power trio with the broadest freedom and exploration that jazz has to offer. ...