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Jakob Dinesen: Keys & Strings

Read "Keys & Strings" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In the liner essay for Jakob Dinesen's double album, Keys & Strings, writer Eddie Michel Azoulay mentions the tenor saxophonist's quest for truth and beauty. The romantic poet John Keats is not mentioned directly, but his lines from the famous poem “Ode on a Gracian Urn" immediately come to mind: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that ...

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Jakob Bro: Hymnotic/Salmodisk

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The exploration of different musical formats has been one of the defining characteristics of Danish guitarist Jakob Bro for a long time. It makes perfect sense when you think about Bro's approach to music. He is an artist that likes to work with different voices to see what they can bring to the music.

A New Danish Bassist on Top: Introducing Morten Haxholm

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There is little doubt that Denmark has a proud tradition of fostering exceptional bassists -just think of names like Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Jesper Lundgaard, Bo Stief, Jesper Bodilsen and, more recently, Anders Christensen, Jonas Westergaard and Richard Andersson. Add Morten Haxholm to this ever growing list.

Haxholm has been ambitious from the start. ...

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Jakob Bro: Gefion

Read "Gefion" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Throughout his career, Danish guitarist Jakob Bro has continued to refine and improve his musical expression. It has been a constant search that has taken him in many different directions, from the refined chamber-playing and melodic purity on the Balladeering-trilogy to remix experiments with electronic musician Thomas Knak.

Another way he has challenged ...

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Hess / AC / Hess: Spacelab

Read "Spacelab" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Trio danese di ottimo livello, quello formato dai fratelli Hess e da Anders Christensen, già protagonisti nel 2009 di The Champ, loro opera prima (l'incisione, qui, è invece recentissima: febbraio 2014). Il terreno è quello di un piano trio arioso e non particolarmente avventuroso, su una linea, quindi, abbastanza battuta, che peraltro i tre scandinavi esplorano ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Aaron Parks Trio al Teatro Manzoni, Milano

Read "Aaron Parks Trio al Teatro Manzoni, Milano" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Aperitivo in concerto
Teatro Manzoni
10.11.2013

Da Paul Bley a Keith Jarrett, passando attraverso Misha Alperin e Bobo Stenson, fino ai nostri Stefano Battaglia e Stefano Bollani... Non c'è dubbio che Manfred Eicher, deus ex machina della casa discografica ECM, abbia buon fiuto per i pianisti.

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Take Five With Sunna Gunnlaugs

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Meet Sunna Gunnlaugs:
Ex-Brooklyn patriot, born in Iceland, jazz pianist and composer Sunna Gunnlaugs has released five CDs and performed in Europe, Japan, Canada and the US, combining the elegance of the European approach with a New York attitude.

Instrument(s):
Piano

Teachers and/or influences?
When I lived in ...

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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Dark Eyes

Read "Dark Eyes" reviewed by Ian Patterson

As a trumpeter, Tomasz Stanko clearly owes a debt to Miles Davis; yet, after four decades making some of the most arresting small ensemble jazz music in Europe, the Polish veteran perhaps deserves to be considered in the same category as the iconic legend. As a trumpeter, composer and leader, Stanko has few peers, past or ...

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Various Venues
Copenhagen, Denmark
July 2-11, 2010

With the current crisis of the major record labels and the folding of venues all over the world, it could be argued that jazz, as an art form, has entered the age of survival where it is simply a basic matter of keeping ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal: July 2-5, 2010

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal: July 2-5, 2010" reviewed by Peter Walton


Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Quebec, Canada
July 2-5, 2010

I arrived in Montréal mid-week, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal already in high gear. Closing off six square blocks of downtown Montréal, an area commanding six major outdoor stages and several indoor theaters and concert halls, the Festival International de ...