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Jazztopad 2014

Read "Jazztopad 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazztopad 2014
Wroclaw
November 19-22, 2014

The city of Wroclaw by the Odra river in the southwest of Poland has occupied a pre-eminent position throughout its long turbulent history, and it still does.

The Wroclaw way

Wroclaw's Jazztopad festival is a relatively young one. This applies to the ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 2 -November 15, 2014

Here are the festival numbers: 80 shows in almost seven weeks on 25 stages, performed by 250 musicians from 35 countries. Beyond the numbers there are many names: quite a few well known, a fair amount of established artists ...

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Valby Summer Jazz: Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6-13, 2013

Read "Valby Summer Jazz: Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6-13, 2013" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Valby Summer Jazz
Prøvehallen in Valby and The Betty Nansen Theatre
Copenhagen, Denmark
July 6-13, 2013

In a time of financial crisis, the solution to many festivals seems to be to cut down on the experimental budget and ambitions and focus on familiar names that are sure to attract a sizeable audience. While Valby ...

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Johannesson, Schultz and Berglund, featuring Jacob Karlzon: Cause And Effect

Read "Cause And Effect" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Events from a momentous three-year musical period greatly influenced this album: in 1967 the death of John Coltrane; the release, two years later, of In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) by his former boss, trumpeter Miles Davis; and the demise of rock icon Jimi Hendrix in 1970.

The line-up is Max Schultz, one ...

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OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival: Shenzhen, China, October 8-23, 2012

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OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival
Shenzhen, China
October 8-23, 2012
The OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival, in Shenzhen, Gaungdong Province, is one of the youngest jazz festivals in China, yet in just two editions it has already established itself as one of the best. Financially, it can't compete with the Shanghai Jazz Festival, which for its 2012 edition attracted renowned ...

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Jacob Karlzon 3: More

Read "More" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist/composer Jacob Karlzon--Swedish Radio's 2010 Jazz Musician Of The Year--is difficult to pigeonhole. He's an improviser, a solo artist, a composer and an accompanist, with a longstanding musical relationship with singer Viktoria Tolstoy. In his 20-year career he's released half a dozen albums under his own name and appeared on around 40 others. The Jacob Karlzon ...

Adam Baldych And The Baltic Gang: Imaginary Room

Read "Imaginary Room" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Despite the perceived similarities between musical groups and gangs, there are surprisingly few examples of bands with a “gang" appellation. There's American rockers the James Gang, Brit-punks the Tyla Gang and of course there's the Purple Gang (although that was just a rhythm section). Imaginary Room, the debut release from violinist Adam Baldych and The Baltic ...

Jacob Karlzon: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Jack Huntley

There is a crisp lyricism to even the most penetrating tracks on Jacob Karlzon 3's The Big Picture that propels the music from the somber to the majestic with equal vitality. Karlzon's nuanced keyboards seamlessly move from spacious repeating themes to intense flurries of solos, all the while supported by Hans Andersson's nimble bass and Jonas ...

Jacob Karlzon: Heat / Improvisational Three

Read "Jacob Karlzon: Heat / Improvisational Three" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Jacob Karlzon is one of the most interesting pianists on today's Swedish jazz scene--percussive, intense, yet capable of great lyricism. Unwilling to be pigeonholed, he plays in a great many different constellations, most visibly with vocalist Viktoria Tolstoy, great granddaughter of Leo, for whom he composes and arranges.

At the age of 39, Karlzon has already ...