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Rain Sultanov: Inspired by Nature

Read "Inspired by Nature" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Azerbaijani saxophonist/composer Rain Sultanov has long drawn inspiration from his country's rich culture and stunning landscapes. On Inspired by Nature--Sultanov's eighth release as leader--the saxophonist toggles between lyrical balladry and passionate exposition as he takes Azerbaijan's nature as his muse. And it has been an epic venture. With a band of trusted musicians, Sultanov led an ...

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Hans Nyman / Johannes Nästesjö / Peter Nilsson: Cycles

Read "Cycles" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The debut recording of the Swedish, Malmö-based trio comprised of guitarist Hans Nyman, double bassist Johannes Nästesjö and more prolific drummer Peter Nilsson focuses on free improvised music that is based on graphical sketches and musical processes.

The ten concise pieces offer open-ended, evocative soundscapes. The three musicians maintain a delicate, patient ...

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Tony Malaby/ Per-Oscar Nilsson / Johnny Aman / Peter Nilsson: 9 Stygn

Read "9 Stygn" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The sophomore release of Swedish guitarist Per-Oscar Nilsson strengthens his ties with American jazz. His debut, Now! (Connective, 2010), with his own group, featured saxophonist Marcus Strickland. 9 Stygn, recorded a year later, features Nilsson as the main composer for a quartet comprised of saxophonist Tony Malaby and fellow Malmö bassist Johnny Åman, who collaborated with ...

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Anders Nilsson / Joe Fonda / Peter Nilsson: Powers

Read "Powers" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This collective trio teams American bass master Joe Fonda, known for his collaborations with innovative musicians and composers such as saxophonist Anthony Braxton, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and pianist Carla Bley, with Swedish brothers a generation younger than Fonda-- guitarist Anders Nilsson, based in New York since 2000, and drummer Peter Nilsson, based in Malmö, Sweden. ...

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lim: lim with Marc Ducret

Read "lim with Marc Ducret" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

lim has been active now for more than ten years but the Swedish trio's members share a much deeper history. Saxophonist Henrik Frisk and drummer Peter Nilsson spent part of their adolescence in the same small town in southern Sweden (as did photographer Stefan Lundgren, whose art graces the release's cover), with bassist David Carlsson coming ...

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Thommy Andersson/Peter Nilsson/Jacob Anderskov: Triofolded

Read "Triofolded" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This masterful recording by Swedish-born, Denmark-resident bassist Thommy Andersson and Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov, plus Swedish drummer Peter Nilsson--each of them a leader in his own right--presents a Nordic interpretation of free improvised music. The focus of the trio is not on energetic, dense and fiery playing but on the intensity of responsive and patient interplay, ...

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The Plunge Trio with Bobo Stenson: Origo

Read "Origo" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Origo is the Malmö, Sweden-based Plunge Trio's second collaboration with acclaimed fellow countryman/pianist Bobo Stenson, following Plunge with Bobo Stenson (Kopasetic Productions, 2005). This excellent trio's fourth release presents them at their best. The core group--Andreas Andersson on alto and baritone saxophones, bassist Mattias Hjorth and drummer Peter Nilsson on drums--always opts for patient, spontaneous improvisation ...