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Tomasz Dąbrowski FREE4ARTS: When I Come Across

Read "When I Come Across" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski (who lives in Denmark) leads an empathetic Nordic quartet with FREE4ARTS, in their sophomore outing. As the group name implies, they play freely, favoring the rubato approach found in so many ECM recordings. Opening track “HPB" begins with new member guitarist Simon Krebs (replacing pianist Jacob Anderskov) and baritone saxophonist Sven Dam ...

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John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019" reviewed by John Sharpe

There's sometimes a backlash against picking the year's best albums. Understandably so when it entails pitting one honest artistic endeavour against another. Best to view the selections as a chance to pick up on something that you might otherwise have missed. As a listener I always look forward to the annual year end lists for precisely ...

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Audio Cave Artists

Read "Audio Cave Artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode hones in on some of the fine artists recorded by Audio Cave, an independent label based in Krakow, Poland. They've been in operation since 2012, releasing a mix of genres. Much attention is paid to the finished products' sound, as you'll hear in the music from the likes of the Oles Brothers, Mark Alban ...

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Jacob Anderskov: Into the Mystery

Read "Jacob Anderskov: Into the Mystery" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Music is essentially a mystery. There are multiple ways of shaping sounds and just as many ways of perceiving them. Danish pianist and Associate Professor at Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Jacob Anderskov, has examined the possibilities of music from a practical and scholarly point of view for a long time. His research is reflected by ...

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Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The world seems more uncertain than ever before, but in times of uncertainty, music provides comfort and a hope that it is actually possible to communicate across borders, whether they be physical or psychological. Among the releases that caught my attention this year, the one that meant most to me by far is ...

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Two Sides of Stunt: Jacob Anderskov and Jacob Christoffersen

Read "Two Sides of Stunt: Jacob Anderskov and Jacob Christoffersen" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Stunt Records is the most prominent jazz label in Denmark, and for a long time they have released high quality jazz, but other genres have also caught the attention of label heads, Søren Friis and Peter Littauer. However, there is a decidedly mainstream appeal to many of their releases and the voices of the so-called avant-garde ...

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ZAKS: Live at 5e

Read "Live at 5e" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In the music business, bootlegs are generally considered a bad thing. Often poorly recorded and not sanctioned by the artists. However, while some people with dubious intentions have definitely speculated in earning quick cash, there are also others, who have simply recorded music because they were such big fans that it was a necessity to document ...

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Tomasz Dąbrowski FREE4ARTS: Six Months and Ten Drops

Read "Six Months and Ten Drops" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

FREE4ARTS may be the most Nordic-sounding group of Polish, jny: Copenhagen-based prolific trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski. The quartet features colleagues from the musicians-run collective and record label Barefoot Records including baritone saxophonist Sven Dam Meinild, who also plays in Dąbrowski international quartet Ocean Fanfare, and drummer Kasper Tom Christiansen, who collaborated before with Dąbrowski in the Polish-Danish ...

Drums and Piano: Denny Zeitlin and Kasper Tom

Read "Drums and Piano: Denny Zeitlin and Kasper Tom" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The meeting between drums and piano is one of the more rare combinations in jazz, but it is possible to find fine examples of this particular genre. Just think of the encounter between Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and drummer Paul Motian on Flux & Change (Soul Note, 1995) and Australian pianist Mike Nock's collaboration with drummer ...

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Jomi Massage: Primitives

Read "Primitives" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Jomi Massage is the alter-ego of Danish musician Signe Høirup Wille-Jørgensen. The title is borrowed from what she describes as “an innocent but kinky massage-device, from a 60's collection of beauty and health products" (actually, the first electric vibrator available to Danes). She has been active in the alternative Danish scene since the mid-nineties, beginning with ...


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