Content by tag "The Core"

Ola Kvernberg Trio: Northern Tapes

Read "Ola Kvernberg Trio: Northern Tapes" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been three years since Ola Kvernberg released the ambitious Liarbird (Jazzland, 2011), a studio document of his 2010 Molde International Jazz Festival commission where guest Joshua Redman was recruited for the live performance, but where, far more than a ringer for Kvernberg, Redman was clearly awestruck by this virtuosic young violinist/composer. It's not that Kvernberg ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob van Luijt's Square Orange: The Core

Read "The Core" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

What's the appeal of a square orange? Place it on a table and it stays put. That's about it. The musical equivalent, in the shape of Dutch bass guitarist Bob van Luijt's Square Orange, has much greater appeal. The quintet's debut album, The Core, features van Luijt's original compositions: a set with impressive stylistic range.

Moster!: Edvard Lygre Moster

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He may be flying somewhat beneath the radar internationally, but in Norway, saxophonist Kjetil Møster has a vibrant career that ranges from the acoustic post-John Coltrane group The Core--whose Office Essentials (Jazzland, 2008) made clear that the American tradition is a touchstone, at least to some, in the country's distinctive jazz scene--to ongoing work with the ...

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Grand General: Grand General

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Despite many members barely into their thirties, Grand General is a Norwegian super group of sorts. Ola Kvernberg is, perhaps, best-known internationally for a string of recordings that, including Folk (Jazzland, 2009) and the more ambitious Liarbird (Jazzland, 2011), have garnered the violinist/violist plaudits like the DnB NOR Award at the 2012 Kongsberg Jazz Festival. Guitarist ...

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Meet John Kelman

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I currently live in: Ottawa, Canada

I joined All About Jazz in: 2004

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? After deciding to start writing about music in about 2001, and starting at smaller websites, I was approached by All About Jazz in late 2003, with the question: “We've ...

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Guy Sion: Away

Read "Away" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The title of Israel-born, Oslo-based saxophonist Guy Sion's debut symbolizes his state of mind, having been away from home, moving from one place to another in the last decade--leaving Israel for music studies in Amsterdam, then moving to New York and finally settling in Oslo. Sion's original compositions reflect this long winding road-- modern American jazz ...

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Cortex: Göteborg

Read "Göteborg" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norway's Cortex released its highly promising debut, Resection (Bolage), in 2011. The members of this high-octane quartet met during jazz studies in Trondheim, and began working as a band in 2007. Cortex follows the free jazz legacy of Ornette Coleman quartet with trumpeter Don Cherry, spicing it with wise, original compositions and uncompromising performances inspired by ...

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Steinar Raknes: Stillhouse

Read "Stillhouse" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Steinar Raknes is a man of many tastes. A founding member of the fiery modern jazz quartet The Core, a collaborator with lyrical jazz violinist Ola Kvernberg, co-leader of the SKÁIDI duo with yoik vocalist Inga Juuso, and leader of his own quartet that covers tango and bossa-nova classics, on Stillhouse, this Norwegian double bassist features ...

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The Core: Office Essentials

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Those believing the Norwegian scene is all about Nordic Cool and electro-centric improv might change their minds after hearing The Core's Office Essentials. Owing as much to John Coltrane's classic mid-1960s quartet as it does the closer-to-home Jan Garbarek/Bobo Stenson Quartet of the 1970s, The Core is as far from cool as you can get; delivering ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Core: Office Essentials / Meditations On Coltrane / The Indian Core

Read "The Core: Office Essentials / Meditations On Coltrane / The Indian Core" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Core is one the most exciting jazz bands in Norway today. The group takes the legacy of saxophonist John Coltrane's classic quartet plus the 1960s' “new thing" innovations of fellow saxophonists Pharaoh Sanders and Archie Shepp, along with closer to home influences such as pianist Keith Jarrett's Scandinavian quartet of the 1970s--which featured Norwegians saxophonist ...