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Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon

Read "Rubicon" reviewed by John Kelman

It's no news to learn that we're the confluence of our many experiences: life, love, music....everything that we are comes from where we've been, what we've done, what we've experienced. That said, it doesn't mean that we can't move in completely new directions or try something completely foreign to us. Still, it's almost impossible to do ...

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Vossa Jazz XL: Voss, Norway, March 22-24, 2013

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Vossa Jazz
Oslo, Norway
March 22-24, 2013
Every festival hopes to have a signature, that certain something that differentiates it from all the rest and makes it a desired destination, but few have as many things going for it as the annual Vossa Jazz Festival, now in its 40th year.

It certainly may seem ...

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Petter Wettre Next Generation: The Social Media Tapes

Read "The Social Media Tapes" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norwegian saxophonist Petter Wettre is one of the more prominent musicians in Norway's fertile, contemporary jazz scene. He never associated himself with the ECM school of icy, lyrical jazz, and his musical output has always corresponded with American post-bop and free jazz.

Wettre also stands in the forefront in pursuit of new means ...

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Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012

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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, ...

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Oslo International Jazz Festival 2011

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Oslo International Jazz Festival
Oslo, Norway
August 15-20, 2011

There's always an eager sense of anticipation when returning to Norway, whether it's the barren but beautiful north of Svalbard, the stunning, mountain-surrounded Molde, the picturesque Kongsberg, the fjord-gateway of Bergen or the rugged beauty surrounding Kristiansand. But going back to Norway for the ...

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Petter Wettre: The Only Way To Travel 2

Read "The Only Way To Travel 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Petter Wettre cannot help but draw many references to the great Sonny Rollins. It's his sound--a big, warm voice with muscular articulation. On the download-only The Only Way To Travel 2, he teams up with drummer Audun Kleive, to reprise Volume One (2000), made ten years ago.

With t"Medley," it's only Wettre's horn that's ...

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Petter Wettre's A Music Supreme

Read "Petter Wettre's A Music Supreme" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Can Norwegian tenor saxophonist Petter Wettre be called “the Branford Marsalis of Scandinavia?" Both saxophonists favor a big sound, steeped in tradition but not beholden to convention. Wettre was educated at Boston's Berklee College of Music before returning to his home and eventually founding Household Records, the primary vehicle for his output. His tastes run from ...