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2013 Jazztopad Festival

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Jazztopad FestivalWrocĺaw, Poland November 18-24, 2013 It's always a treat to be invited somewhere new, especially somewhere with a strong jazz scene that remains, for the most part, hidden from the rest of the world. But when the country is Poland and the city Wrocĺaw, there are even greater treats awaiting, as ...

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Ola Kvernberg: Liarbird

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It may have seemed that recruiting American saxophonist Joshua Redman for the live premiere of Liarbird--a joint commission by the Trondheim and Molde Jazz Festivals in Norway--was the musical equivalent of a ringer in sports. But it wasn't long into Ola Kvernberg's ambitious Molde Jazz 2010 performance, as the violinist launched into the first of many ...

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Trondheim Jazz Orchestra with Eirik Hegdal and Special Guest Joshua Redman: Triads and More

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In the ever-shrinking musical sphere, it's encouraging to find cross-pollination happening between less-than-likely--or, at least, unlikely on the surface--players. Watching saxophonist Joshua Redman as a guest with Norwegian violinist Ola Kvernberg's “Liarbird" project at Molde Jazz 2010, it became clear that, as excited as the Nordic continent was to share the stage with an American jazz ...

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Norwegian Road Trip, Part 6: Molde Jazz, Days 3-4

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 [Editors Note: From July 6 to July 26, 2010, All About Jazz Managing Editor John Kelman will travel throughout Norway to cover both the Kongsberg Jazz Festival (also participating in Silver City Sounds) and Molde ...

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Zanussi Five: Zanussi Five

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The Zanussi Five, brainchild of Norwegian bassist Per Zanussi, showcases his vivid, wide-ranging compositions. Zanussi is a powerful bassist with a huge, booming tone, and impeccable time, even at racehorse tempos. This music is vibrant, fast, and very modern. It is expressionistic, replete with saxophones that sigh, moan, honk, and howl. At the same time, it ...


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