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Splashgirl: Hibernation

Read "Hibernation" reviewed by John Eyles

For Hibernation, their fifth Hubro release, Splashgirl retain some of the characteristics that made their recent albums successful, while curtailing others and moving forward into new territory. This album was produced by the renowned American Randall Dunn--producer of Oren Ambarchi, Earth, Six Organs of Admittance, Sunn O)))--who mixed Splashgirl's breakthrough 2011 album Pressure and then successfully ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jenny Hval & Susanna: Meshes of Voice

Read "Meshes of  Voice" reviewed by John Kelman

After winning the Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy) for her first release on the fledgling Susanna Sonata label, the career-defining collaboration with Ensemble neoN, The Forester (2013), singer Susanna resists the urge to repeat herself by moving on to even more experimental territory with Meshes of Voice, this time together with fellow Norwegian vocalist Jenny Hval--a collaboration that, ...

Splashgirl: Field Day Rituals

Read "Field Day Rituals" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Scandinavian trio recorded its fourth album in Seattle, WA featuring resident violaist Eyvind Kang and synth performer Timothy Mason lending their wares during various segments. An atmospheric engagement projecting a sense of antiquity, it's often what the musicians don't play that establishes the premise for the artful and rather haunting song-forms executed throughout their cunning ...

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Meet John Kelman

Read "Meet John Kelman" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: Ottawa, Canada

I joined All About Jazz in: 2004

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? After deciding to start writing about music in about 2001, and starting at smaller websites, I was approached by All About Jazz in late 2003, with the question: “We've ...

Moskus: Salmesykkel

Read "Moskus: Salmesykkel" reviewed by John Kelman

For a country isolated in the north of Europe, Norway has experienced a surprising number of musical waves. The first came in the early '70s, when producer Manfred Eicher and his fledgling ECM Records label brought the Scandinavian “big five"--Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson and, from Norway, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, guitarist Terje Rypdal, bassist Arild Andersen and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Splashgirl: Field Day Rituals

Read "Field Day Rituals" reviewed by John Eyles

In recent years, as ever-increasing numbers of piano-bass-drums trios have appeared on the scene and released their debut albums, it has become a truism that any such group needs to have its own unique selling point to distinguish it from the crowd. It is no longer enough to write or cover good songs and to play ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hanna Paulsberg Concept: Waltz for Lilli

Read "Waltz for Lilli" reviewed by John Kelman

Norway's place on the international jazz map has been assured for decades: first with saxophonist Jan Garbarek, guitarist Terje Rypdal and bassist Arild Andersen; then, a second wave including trumpeters Arve Henriksen and Nils Petter Molvær, and pianists Bugge Wesseltoft and Christian Wallumrød; and, more recently, in another wave featuring In the Country and Splashgirl. Still, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012

Read "Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Trondheim Jazz Festival
Trondheim, Norway
May 9-13, 2012
Being Norway's third largest city, next to Oslo and Bergen, means something completely different to being the third largest city in Canada or the United States. With more than 25,000 students in a city of approximately 160,000 people, it's not unlike (albeit a little larger than) Kingston, Canada, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Splashgirl: Pressure

Read "Splashgirl: Pressure" reviewed by Chris May

Splashgirl
Pressure
Hubro
2011

This radiant album from Norwegian piano trio Splashgirl is unlike anything that came before it, except, in some measure, its immediate predecessor, Arbor (Hubro, 2009), whose trajectory it develops. Certainly, nothing quite like it has come out of central Europe or the US. An approximate comparative ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzahead 2011: April 28 - May 1, 2011

Read "Jazzahead 2011: April 28 - May 1, 2011" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazzahead
Bremen, Germany
April 28-May 1, 2010

Jazz may be a marginalized genre with shrinking CD sales and, at least in North America, a painfully low profile in popular media, but just a few days at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany, leave a much different impression. A trade show for all ...