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Ocean Fanfare: First Nature

Read "First Nature" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were to play a game of 'name that artist' while listening to the recording First Nature, roughly half of the contestants would identify the band as the Dave Douglas Quartet, not because Tomasz Dąbrowski has a derivative sound, but more as a compliment to his range and imagination. The Polish trumpeter, now a Scandinavian ...

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Ocean Fanfare: First Nature

Read "First Nature" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It can be difficult to keep up with trumpeter Tomasz Dabrowski. His incessant musical explorations have kept him in the forefront of European jazz since 2012, when he debuted his Tom Trio (ILK Music), the first of several different projects he has formed. Most recently he released Ninjazz (For Tune, 2018), a well-conceived outing featuring three ...

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Garzone / Bergonzi / Moses / Andersson: Splitting up in Boston

Read "Splitting up in Boston" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Back in 2013, renowned saxophonists George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi recorded an album together that came out in 2014 on the Danish label Stunt. The name of the album was Quintonic and it sounded just as one might expect; wonderful music with fiery blowing, swinging tunes, tight grooves and razor-sharp twists and turns and lyric moments ...

A New Danish Bassist on Top: Introducing Morten Haxholm

Read "A New Danish Bassist on Top: Introducing Morten Haxholm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

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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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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Richard Andersson: UDU

Read "UDU" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The word “udu," which is the title of Danish bassist Richard Andersson's second release as a leader, has several connotations. Its primary meaning in Danish is something that is broken. A chair can be in “udu," which means it doesn't work and needs to be repaired. However, the sound of “udu" also closely resembles the pronunciation ...

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Richard Andersson Sustainable Quartet: Please Recycle

Read "Please Recycle" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Danish bassist Richard Andersson organized this session, which attracts attention, at first glance, from the presence of saxophonist Tony Malaby, but then commands regard for all its players.

Recorded after studying at the Manhattan School of Music, Andersson formed an alliance with two other players deserving wider recognition, pianist Sullivan Fortner and drummer Rogerio Boccato. ...