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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On

Read ""Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With Betty sidelined by a bad cough, it was up to me to seek out local jazz events in February, and I managed to find a couple of pretty good ones, starting February 7 at the University of New Mexico's Keller Hall where SuperSax New Mexico performed for the third time in Albuquerque. As you may ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Knudsen Eight: Sagas Of The Present

Read "Sagas Of The Present" reviewed by James Pearse

The members of the Peter Knudsen Eight, a dynamic and vibrant group of musicians led by Swedish pianist, composer and bandleader Peter Knudsen, have taken a bold step towards musical maturity with their first large ensemble recording, Sagas Of The Present. Themes as diverse as folk tales, rugged landscapes and the rich musical heritage of the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Lundgren / Bengt Hallberg: Back 2 Back

Read "Back 2 Back" reviewed by Chris Mosey

An historic meeting of two giants of modern jazz in Sweden. Bengt Hallberg, born 1932, helped to found the idiom via his work with alto saxophonist Arne Domnérus in the 1950s and attracted international attention by recording with such US legends as Clifford Brown and Stan Getz. Leonard Feather praised his “unique light-fingered style."

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Johanna Grussner: From Scandinavia to NYC... and back again

Read "Johanna Grussner: From Scandinavia to NYC... and back again" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Johanna Grüssner is a truly remarkable young woman. Aged 28, she has emerged as one of the best, most professional jazz singers in the Nordic Area after paying her dues in the toughest environment jazz has to offer; gigging around clubs in New York City, including Birdland, where she sang backed by a big band she ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Putte Wickman: Simple Isn't Easy

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Putte Wickman was one of a handful of top flight jazz clarinetists born in the 1920s who survived the demise of the big swing bands and made a successful transition to bebop. Along with Buddy DeFranco, with whom he recorded, and Tony Scott, Wickman created a whole new vocabulary for the instrument. His self-taught virtuosity was ...