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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Morten Haxholm: Vestigium

Read "Vestigium" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The world of bass players in modern and post-bop jazz can be divided into two currents. On the one hand, you'll find the dominant character who leads the compositions with a decisive hand and frequent moments of striking ostinatos. On the other, one finds a personality who seems to walk through the composition and, like camouflage, ...

The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund

Read "The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

A good form is hard to find, but the quintet offers plenty of variety in terms of musical texture and yet has the intimacy that a larger band often misses. Here are two artists who both take full advantage of the format of the quintet. Both are leaders who write their own tunes, and both are ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Helle Henning: Nordic Sounds

Read "Helle Henning: Nordic Sounds" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

If you're watching the latest Disney film in jny: Copenhagen, you're most likely listening to singer Helle Henning. Helle not only sings the character overdubs for big animated film imports in her native Denmark, but she conducts the ensemble singers on these sessions. She also teaches jazz at one of Denmark's foremost music conservatories and recently ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Thomas / Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Budd Kopman

One of the wonderful things about jazz is that it can be appreciated from more than one angle, oftentimes simultaneously: pure entertainment, art as entertainment, art as beauty and art as intellect among others. Some of this, of course, relates to music in general, but jazz as a genre has moved beyond any stylistic boundaries to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marc Mommaas / Nikolaj Hess: Ballads & Standards

Read "Ballads & Standards" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Many, if not most, of today's jazz players end up, sooner or later, becoming composers. Hence, on top of searching for and hopefully finding their personal means of expression when performing (composing in real-time), they now must also develop a personal compositional style which fits their aesthetic outlook, and which is accessible enough by other players ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mette Juul: There Is a Song

Read "There Is a Song" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo aver debuttato nel 2010 nel ruolo della classica jazz singer (Coming in from the Dark, Cowbell Music), la danese Mette Juul ha iniziato a privilegiare le intime atmosfere della ballad d'autore, sul modello Joni Mitchell. Il cambiamento faceva capolino nel secondo disco (Moon on My Shoulder, Calibrated 2012), ancora ricco di intense versioni jazzistiche di ...

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 ...

Nikolaj Hess: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Inizia con un malinconico brano di Bob Dylan (al quale è dedicato anche un altro omaggio) questo bel CD del pianista danese Nikolaj Hess, in trio con Tony Scherr e Kenny Wollesen, la ritmica di Bill Frisell conosciuta nel suo lungo soggiorno a New York. Ma la cifra della formazione non si ferma a questo primo ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013
jny: Copenhagen, Denmark
July 12-14, 2013
The annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival, with more than a thousand concerts during ten days--spread over more than hundred places and stages across the city--is a special, unique affair. Like other big jazz festivals, it also has its headliners--big names, mostly American, like Terence Blanchard, Richard Bona, ...