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David's Angels: Traces

Read "Traces" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Lo spirito del grande nord converge in questo album, frutto della collaborazione fra la trombettista canadese Ingrid Jensen e la formazione svedese composta da Sofie Norling alla voce ed elettronica, Maggi Olin al pianoforte e Fender Rhodes, David Carlsson al basso elettrico e Michala Østergaard-Nielsen alla batteria e percussioni. David's Angels, che anche in questa produzione ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Torben Waldorff Celebrates 10 Years Of ArtistShare And Submission For Grammy Nomination Consideration

Torben Waldorff Celebrates 10 Years Of ArtistShare And Submission For Grammy Nomination Consideration

Torben Waldorff celebrates 10 years of music making on ArtistShare and his fifth Project, Holiday on Fire. The recording features Torben’s intricate original compositions written specifically for his incredible band of top-notch players, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, drummer Johnathan Blake, bassist Drew Gress and pianist Maggi Olin. Recorded on “holiday” in New York City, the band is on fire. Listen ...

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Torben Waldorff: Holiday On Fire

Read "Holiday On Fire" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Two impressions stick in the mind after a couple of spins of guitarist Torben Waldorff's Holiday On Fire: one--he rips like a rock star; and two--the band he has put together  has a sharply distinctive, modern, maybe even futuristic sound. The rock star aspect: not a surprise, for a musician whose introduction to the art began ...

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Ingrid and Christine Jensen: Infinitude

Read "Infinitude" reviewed by John Kelman

While they've often recorded together over the years--from the collective Nordic Connect quintet and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen's early albums including Now as Then (Justin Time, 2003), to many of saxophonist Christine's recordings, from her two much-lauded Jazz Orchestra albums (most recently Habitat (Justin Time, 2014)) to earlier, small group dates including Look Left (Effendi, 2006)--the two ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christine Jensen, Maggi Olin: Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band Live

Read "Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band Live" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La sassofonista Christine Jensen, sorella della nota trombettista Ingrid, condivide con la pianista svedese Maggi Olin la guida di questo progetto orchestrale comprendente dieci strumentisti, più la cantante Sofie Norling. La registrazione è stata effettuata live al Palladiun di Malmö, in Svezia nel dicembre 2013 ed è uscita tardivamente alla fine dello scorso anno. Il disco ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christine Jensen/Maggi Olin: Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band Live

Read "Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band Live" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Prior to the release of her marvelous big band outing, Habitat (Justin time, 2013), Canada's Christine Jensen was probably best know as the alto saxophone-playing sister of high profile trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. Sweden's Maggi Olin's major notoriety--on the United States' side of the Atlantic--certainty came from her work as a pianist/composer for the under-recognized quintet, Nordic ...

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Jazzahead! 2014

Read "Jazzahead! 2014" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazzahead! 2014
Bremen, Germany
April 24-27, 2014

It's hard to imagine, with diminishing music sales, the emergence of streaming services as the musical version of the antichrist for musicians and the increasing challenge of putting rear ends into seats at North American jazz festivals, but as it heads into its ninth year, ...

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David's Angels: What It Seems

Read "What It Seems" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

David's Angels creates stimulating sonic landscapes out of a unique fusion of various genres. Although electric bassist David Carlsson is the nominal leader of this innovative Danish-Swedish quartet and the producer of its second release, What It Seems, the album's signature sound is built around singer Sofie Norling's haunting delivery and incandescent tone. Norling not only ...

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David's Angels: What It Seems

Read "What It Seems" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Swedish quartet David's Angels has proven in its debut release, Substar (Kopasetic, 2010), its ability to encompass emotionally charged issues with expressive, storytelling musical articulations. The sophomore release puts this approach in a more demanding test. What It Seems chronicles the demise of a meaningful love affair and its protagonist, singer-songwriter Sofie Norling making the ...

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Nordic Connect: Spirals

Read "Spirals" reviewed by Troy Collins

Scandinavian jazz has enjoyed quite a renaissance over the past few decades, ranging from the cool Norwegian austerity of Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal's seminal 1970's recordings to the fiery Swedish expressionism of Magnus Broo and Mats Gustafsson's recent avant-garde excursions. Spirals, the sophomore effort of Nordic Connect, embraces both aesthetic dualities, serving as a pertinent ...