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Morten Schantz: Unicorn

Read "Unicorn" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Danish pianist/composer Morten Schantz is probably best known as one fifth of JazzKamikaze, the globe-trotting band he formed in 2005 with Marius Neset, Kristor Brødsgaard, Daniel Heløy Davidsen and Anton Eger. That may be about to change, as the solo album Unicorn marks a significant wind change in Schantz's trajectory. Inspired writing and scintillating collective playing ...

Elektrojazz: Cars

Read "Cars" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It was Paddy McAloon from the British pop band Prefab Sprout who famously made fun of the fascination with cars and girls on the hit “Cars and Girls," but, indeed, there is a grain of truth behind the joke. Many pop songs are in fact love songs about girls, but what about the cars? A singer-songwriter ...

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Blood, Sweat, Drum + Bass: Asa Nisi Masa

Read "Asa Nisi Masa" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Big bands don't come much bigger than Denmark's Blood, Sweat, Drum 'n Bass: 27 musicians, including a fourteeen-piece horn section, a nine-piece rhythm section, electric guitars, two vocalists and electronics. BSDnB purveys a brand of music which shares the iconoclastic approach and raw energy of Spanish saxophonist Llibert Fortuny's Electric Big Band, Belgian big band Flat ...

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Sidsel Storm: Swedish Lullaby

Read "Swedish Lullaby" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Sidsel Storm belongs to the cream of the crop of new Danish female jazz singers, including names such as Sinne Eeg and Malene Mortensen. Since releasing her self- titled debut in 2008, Storm has made herself a solid name on the Danish jazz scene and Swedish Lullaby, her second effort, suggests she's ready for worldwide attention. ...

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Bevort - Schmidt: Playground + 1

Read "Playground + 1" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Playground + 1 is an apt name for this impressive release by this Danish quartet led by saxophonist/vocalist Pernille Bevort and pianist Marie Louis Schmidt, as in many ways a playground bears analogy to a jazz group. In both, freedom exists within boundaries and individual expression thrives within a group identity. There is a collective dependency ...

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Martin Lutz Group: Where Are the Trumpets?

Read "Where Are the Trumpets?" reviewed by John Barron

On Where Are the Trumpets?, Danish pianist/composer Martin Lutz leads his energetic sextet through an invigorating set of contemporary jazz laced with the sounds of Americana. The disc's ten tracks, all composed by Lutz, are cleverly arranged for the woodwind front-line of Jacob Rose, Jakob Skov and Mads Ole. Bassist Lars Johnsen, drummer Ricco Kjaer and ...

Emil de Waal: Live +

Read "Live +" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Multi-instrumentalist Emil de Waal's Live + represents both the mirror image and logical continuation of his previous release, Emil de Waal + (RMK Records, 2005). The earlier record used the computer as a member of the band in a studio setting. This offering takes the concept further by recording his jazz electronic live shows in Denmark, ...