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Wild Bill Davison: The Danish Sessions

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Wild Bill Davison was aptly described by Humphrey Lyttelton as the kind of drunken reveller who throws his arms around your neck one moment and tries to knock you down the next. Aside from his drinking, Wild Bill was, more importantly, a white Dixieland cornet player of considerable ability, with a fierce, uninhibited attack, whose heroes ...

Rodney Green Quartet: Live At Jazzhus Montmartre

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At the age of three, at the church in Camden, New Jersey, where his father was pastor, Rodney Green saw a drum kit for the first time. He stared at it, fascinated; it was so big and shiny. He thought to himself, “OK, let's play some drums."

He wasn't supposed to play jazz, it ...

Sigurdur Flosason: Green Moss Black Sand

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Icelandic alto saxophonist Sigadur Flosason joins forces with Swedish pianist Lars Jansson and his trio in an attempt to describe in music the desolate natural beauty of his homeland.

He says: “The desert-like wasteland holds a singular kind of beauty. Perhaps not pretty in the usual sense of the word, it is beautiful ...

David Doruzka: Autumn Tales

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David Doruzka is from the Czech Republic. He plays impressionistic guitar very much in the Pat Metheny tradition. Indeed, while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Doruzka was chosen by Metheny to participate as the only guitarist in the 2000 Aspen Snowmass Jazz Colony.

Another major influence on his playing has ...

Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out

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The Copenhagen daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende in 2015 called Margrete Grarup “the best kept secret in Danish jazz." In 2017, with two albums released in rapid succession on Storyville, that secret is out... and a star is born.

Grarup has a wonderfully rich and expressive voice. She comes to jazz via the Scandinavian ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

I Scare Myself by Dan Hicks

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I Scare Myself
Dan Hicks
237 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-911036-23-4
Jawbone Books
2017

The late Dan Hicks is described by Kristine McKenna, editor of this rambling but curiously engaging autobiography, as “a musical genius." He wasn't, although he did write some amusing songs and played competent guitar. This and a ...

Vivian Buczek: Ella Lives

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Sweden's Vivian Buczek, fast approaching her 40th birthday, comes across more as a schoolgirl with a crush on her teacher on this, her seventh solo album, which pays tribute to The First Lady Of Song. Ella Fitzgerald--had she not died in 1996--would be 100 this year.

“Ella Fitzgerald has always been my greatest ...

SE-Quartet: Going North

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This album is dedicated to the refugees who have arrived in Scandinavia in recent years. On the day it was released, April 7 2017, one of those refugees, Rakhmat Akilov, aged 39, drove a hijacked truck into the entrance of the Ã…hlens department store in the centre of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, killing four people.

Eric Bibb: Migration Blues

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Eric Bibb says in the sleeve note to Migration Blues, his most politicized album to date: “The way I see it, prejudice towards our brothers and sisters who are currently called 'refugees' is the problem. Fear and ignorance are the problems. Refugees are not 'problems'--they are courageous fellow human beings escaping dire circumstances."

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Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks: Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'

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You never knew quite where you were with Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks--that was the great thing about them. Sometimes Hicks would come on stage looking like Cab Calloway in a red jacket, rainbow tie and black hat. Next night he'd be in his psychedelic cowboy outfit. And he nearly always wore a sardonic look ...


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