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Flux: Peninsulator

Read "Peninsulator" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Any band setting out to make a debut recording these days has a potentially inexhaustible number of influences from which to draw upon. Consequently, it is increasingly difficult to sound unlike anybody else. Flux, whose members attend Copenhagen's Rhythmic Music Conservatory, has produced a recording with echoes of progressive rock, classical chamber music and post-modern jazz ...

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Flux: Peninsulator

Read "Peninsulator" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Uniting musicians from several parts of Europe, Copenhagen-based band Flux has the kind of restless cosmopolitan energy that its name seems to suggest. On Peninsulator the group plays its very own brand of postmodern jazz, referencing a wealth of styles from post-bop to classical, rock, and world music, while still being able to forge its own ...

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Jazzmob: Flashback

Read "Flashback" reviewed by Nic Jones

This mob, perhaps as a kind of homage to “the mob," takes no prisoners. It deals in a brand of fusion in which the immediacy of the moment is of paramount importance and the niceties and established intensities of the medium smack too much of politeness and a lack of engagement with the urgency of being ...

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Sam Newsome & Lucian Ban: The Romanian-American Jazz Suite

Read "The Romanian-American Jazz Suite" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The Romanian-American Jazz Suite, by soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and pianist Lucian Ban, is another very good example of how the jazz aesthetic of personal expression be applied to other music (here Romanian folk music and Christmas carols) and, in essence, subsume it. The project has its genesis in an award given by CEC Artslink to ...

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Sam Newsome & Lucian Ban: The Romanian-American Jazz Suite

Read "The Romanian-American Jazz Suite" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Sam Newsome and Lucian Ban took a handful of Romanian folk songs and gave them jazz arrangements, then combined them with some original songs inspired by Romanian culture to produce The Romanian-American Jazz Suite, an excellent balance of the modern and the traditional, rendered artfully by a first-rate band.

"Transylvanian Dance" isn't what one ...

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Jazzmob: Infernal Machine

Read "Infernal Machine" reviewed by Nic Jones

This isn't so much a recreation as it is a reinvestigation of the fusion genre in that brief period thirty odd years ago when the idea was rife with positive implications and before the sterility set in.

While this program isn't as radical in its departure from the norm as Miles Davis' music from that period ...

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Sonny Simmons: Last Man Standing

Read "Last Man Standing" reviewed by Nic Jones

This is the latest in a series of albums under saxophonist Sonny Simmons' name put out by the Norwegian Jazzaway label; a further instalment in the documentation of an abundantly creative artist, but one who only relatively recently has started to receive the kind of exposure he deserves.

The setting here is a straight-ahead one and ...

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Klaus Holm Kollektif: What Was That You Said?

Read "What Was That You Said?" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Kollektif is the third incarnation of Norwegian reed player Klaus Ellerhusen Holm's group. Holm was awarded as the Young Nordic Jazzcomet in 2003 and is a member of bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Norwegian Quintet, Zanussi 5 and Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble. His current Kollektif members--bassist Ole Morten Vågan (Motif, Bugge Wesseltoft New Conception of Jazz, ...

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The Core: Blue Sky

Read "Blue Sky" reviewed by Tom Greenland

The Core is an exciting, highly energetic young band from Norway, consisting of Espen Aalberg (drums), Kjetil Møster (tenor, soprano saxophones), Erlend Slettevoll (piano) and Steinar Raknes (bass), with Nils Olav Johansen (guitar) sitting in. Drawing their inspiration from such '60s energy players as Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler and John Coltrane, these former schoolmates ...

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Roundtrip: Two Way Street

Read "Two Way Street" reviewed by Germein Linares

Two Way Street is the impressive and raucous debut by the youthful Scandinavian trio known as Roundtrip. Formerly called Mega Tsunami, the group changed its name after the recent disaster in Southeast Asia. These nine offerings are clever, rhythmically charged compositions, with Klaus Ellerhusen Holm's alto and baritone work clearly rooted in the exuberance of his ...