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Anna Greta Siguroardottir - Max Schultz: Brighter

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An album of moods, in which light, lilting, melodic passages are contrasted with dissonance, Max Schultz's authorative guitar generally lightens things up while Joakim Milder's saxophone signals a plunge into neurotic introspection. All this tends to drown out Icelandic pianist Anna Greta Siguroardottir's gentle musings on piano.

It sounds as if they just ...

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Kirk Whalum: Humanité

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The saxophone solo on Whitney Houston's “I Will Always Love You" was the work of Kirk Whalum. He played too at the memorial concert for African American astronaut Ronald McNair, killed when the space shuttle Challenger blew up during take-off in January 1986. He's no great shakes as a vocalist but Humanité features guest appearances in ...

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The Soul Rebels: Poetry In Motion

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The Soul Rebels is an eight-piece, New Orleans brass ensemble that employs elements of soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock and pop. The group has been described by the Village Voice as “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong."

The band aims to provoke. The title of this album derives from a ...

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Erroll Garner: Octave Remastered Series

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In 1958 jazz pianist Erroll Garner became embroiled in a bitter legal battle with Columbia Records over money and the fact that the company had released an album of his early work against his wishes. He cancelled his contract with the company and started recording instead for his own label, Octave, making up on lost income ...

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Vivian Buczek: A Woman's Voice

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An ambitious project from Sweden: vocalist Vivian Buczek joining forces with the Norrbotten Big Band using song to illustrate life from a woman's perspective. Buczek says: “It's about taking the step from a girl to a woman, looking back in time and then to the future, finding my place in the world and daring to go ...

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Petter Bergander Trio: Kierkegaard's Waltz

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The honouring in popular song of Sören Kierkegaard, author of “The Sickness Unto Death" and other light works has been a long time coming. To be exact, we've waited since his death in 1855 for this moment. “Heidegger's Boogie" and “The Schopenhauer Rag" must surely follow. The curious thing is that Kierkegaard's Waltz is an album ...

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Michel Camilo: Essence

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Michel Camilo is a virtuoso pianist who mixes jazz, Latin and classical. Playing as part of a trio, he is famous for hitting the listener with a constant barrage of technique as dazzling as it is tiring. Fortunately, the big band format of Essence puts the lid on such displays. The album forms a retrospective on ...

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Ranky Tanky: Good Time

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Why change a winning formula? Ranky Tanky's follow-up to their hit debut album takes things further in the same vein: a heady mix of gospel and traditional Gullah songs from the Sea Islands of South Carolina, laced with original music and lyrics. The emphasis this time is on a pounding beat generated by the electric guitar ...

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Soren Bebe: Echoes

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Danish pianist Søren Bebe plays a melancholy, minimalistic music almost shorn of rhythm. It is gentle and flowing and easy to get lost in. When one of his pieces ends, it can be like waking from a dream.

“But is it jazz?" The jury is still out on that one and will be ...

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Duke Ellington: Uppsala 1971

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From his first visit in 1939 to a concert a few months before his death in 1973, Duke Ellington took special pleasure in visiting Sweden. He composed a “Serenade to Sweden" and wrote a new arrangement for a very Swedish pop song, “I en rod liten stuga (In a Red Little Cottage)." He also entered into ...