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Daniel Sommer: Duets

Read "Duets" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the most important things about being a drummer is the ability to play in different contexts. Whether it is a subdued, lyrical conversation or a frenetic exchange of energy, the drummer helps to shape the mood of the music by underlining it or adding contrapuntal color.

A duo record is perhaps ...

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Pete Robbins Transatlantic Quartet: Live In Basel

Read "Live In Basel" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Like most modern jazz players, alto saxophonist Pete Robbins works in multiple bands, playing varying styles and disciplines of this thing called jazz. Sounds reasonable, yes? But, thirty years ago this wasn't possible. Musicians, listeners, and jazz critics (let's not leave them out) had to take sides, choose categories and labels to classify and compartmentalize their ...

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Kevin Brow: Dolls & Guns

Read "Dolls & Guns" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Drummer/composer Kevin Brow is a forward thinker, his compositional acuity and scintillating technique in clear evidence on his debut and sophomore releases--Kopter (2008) and Fire Sink (2011), both on Fresh Sound New Talent--modern works as intellectual as they are risk taking. If these weren't persuasive enough, then Dolls and Guns nails the point home all the ...

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Koptor: Fire Sink

Read "Fire Sink" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Time and space have shaped the life of Kevin Brow. The Canadian-born drummer moved to Toronto when he was 19, and went on to play with some of the best jazz musicians including Mike Murley, Pat LaBarbera and David Braid. Six years later he moved to Copenhagen. This was significant in more ways than one: he ...

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2009

Read "Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2009" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Various Venues
Copenhagen, Denmark
July 3-12, 2009
In a survey conducted recently by the renowned Monocle Magazine (volume 03, issue 25), Copenhagen was selected as the second best city in the world due to its safety, atmosphere, welfare, infrastructure and--one could be tempted to add--its ...

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Kevin Brow: Koptor

Read "Koptor" reviewed by Troy Collins

Koptor is the debut recording of Canadian-born, Copenhagen-based drummer Kevin Brow. Accompanied by a group of like-minded peers, including multi-reedist Rob Mosher, pianist Jacob Sacks and ubiquitous bassist Eivind Opsvik, Brow leads his quartet through a program of modern jazz originals that ripple with emotion.

Brow's nuanced writing expands in scope beyond conventional time ...

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Kevin Brow: Koptor

Read "Koptor" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Koptor by Canadian drummer Kevin Brow is in some ways similar to film noir-- at times overcast, others times bursts of vividness, flowing in music that is stylistically intriguing. But there is plenty of substance here with clarity and definition, imprinting music that incorporates detailed compositions and free invention.

Convincingly hip, thoughtfully astute, ...