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Lina Nyberg: Terrestrial

Read "Terrestrial" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Idiosyncratic to the core, ambitious beyond measure, and knowing no idiomatic limitations, since the early 1990s Swedish vocalist and composer Lina Nyberg has captivated and surprised listeners with the astonishing range of her unique artistic vision. She has performed with a “who's who" list of Swedish musicians, from iconic figures like Esbjörn Svensson and Palle Danielsson ...

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MusicMusicMusic: Äventyret

Read "Äventyret" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although they haven't received much attention stateside, the three musicians in MusicMusicMusic have been fixtures in the Swedish jazz scene for years. They've released eight records of their own (all on their Hoob Records label), but they've also made plenty of appearances on others' releases. Pianist Fabian Kallerdahl recently made some fine contributions to vocalist Lisa ...

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Fredrik Ljungkvist & Mattias Risberg: And Now the Queen - A Tribute to Carla Bley

Read "And Now the Queen - A Tribute to Carla Bley" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Carla Bley's compositions have been recorded by a seemingly endless list of artists including Jaco Pastorius, Arturo O'Farrill, Eberhard Weber, Jan Garbarek, Jimmy Giuffre and extensively by her former husband, the late Paul Bley. She has been revolutionary in the scope of her work which has run from the jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill (JCOA ...

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Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Ephland

Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
October 7-16, 2016

This year's autumnal Stockholm Jazz Festival continued their tilt toward world and improvisational music in the context of a jazz festival. That said, there was an ample supply of shows to go see and hear where “jazz" was preeminent. Programming world ...

Lina Nyberg: Aerials

Read "Aerials" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

There are very few musicians who dare to expand their artistic vision with every new project as Swedish vocalist-songwriter-composer Lina Nyber. Aerials, is the her second installment in a trilogy of albums that offers her unique perspective about the world, the elements and the music itself. Nyberg began the trilogy with the double album The Sirenades ...

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Stockholm Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Stockholm Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by John Ephland

Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
October 9-18, 2015

The sleeper at this year's Stockholm Jazz Festival, and one this reviewer initially found more a curiosity than anything else, oddly enough was downright riveting, not to mention the first evening's headliner. More in the category of being a name crossover artist ...

Lina Nyberg: The Sirenades

Read "Lina Nyberg: The Sirenades" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish vocalist Lina Nyberg's new album The Sirenades, her 16th since her debut twenty years ago, is her most ambitious project to date. The title word she invented derives from three words--Sirens, the ancient Greek ones who deceive you and make you forget your mission; Sirens, the long warning horns at war time and Serenade, a ...

Cecilia Persson: Open Rein

Read "Open Rein" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish pianist and composer Cecilia Persson is best known for her work in vocalist Lina Nyberg's band and with PAAVO the band she leads with vocalist Sofia Jernberg. Open Rein is Persson's debut as a solo artist, featuring a set of impressive originals. The release solidifies her status as a promising composer, improviser and bandleader, already ...

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Lina Nyberg: Palaver

Read "Palaver" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Few artists can evoke poetic musical images of such strong and diverse personae as Brazilian singer, composer and political activist Caetano Veloso, Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, French impressionist composer Claude Debussy, American author Paul Auster, American innovative architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Persian Sufi poet Jelâluddîn Rumi on a single album. ...

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Finland's April Jazz Festival 2010

Read "Finland's April Jazz Festival 2010" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

April Jazz Festival
Espoo/Tapiola, Finland
April 28-May 2, 2010

The wind in these northern climes can hit heavy, even during the sunny days of late April. This year an east wind drove down from the Arctic Ocean and any opportunity to get into the sun needed to be taken--but it's a sign ...