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Orjan Hulten: Minusgrader

Read "Minusgrader" reviewed by Don Phipps

Technique may not drive saxophonist Örjan Hultén, but most certainly jazz tunes filled with heart and soul do. On Minusgrader, an album featuring his quartet of fellow Swedes Torbjörn Gulz (piano), Filip Augustson (bass), and Peter Danemo (drums), the blues, ballads, and bop have simple laid-back structures. That is just fine, because the music's warmth permeates ...

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Lina Nyberg: Terrestrial

Read "Terrestrial" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Idiosyncratic to the core, ambitious beyond measure, and knowing no idiomatic limitations, since the early 1990s Swedish vocalist and composer Lina Nyberg has captivated and surprised listeners with the astonishing range of her unique artistic vision. She has performed with a “who's who" list of Swedish musicians, from iconic figures like Esbjörn Svensson and Palle Danielsson ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Ephland

Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
October 7-16, 2016

This year's autumnal Stockholm Jazz Festival continued their tilt toward world and improvisational music in the context of a jazz festival. That said, there was an ample supply of shows to go see and hear where “jazz" was preeminent. Programming world ...

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Lina Nyberg: Aerials

Read "Aerials" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

There are very few musicians who dare to expand their artistic vision with every new project as Swedish vocalist-songwriter-composer Lina Nyber. Aerials, is the her second installment in a trilogy of albums that offers her unique perspective about the world, the elements and the music itself. Nyberg began the trilogy with the double album The Sirenades ...

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Peter Danemo: Peter Danemo

Read "Peter Danemo" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish drummer Peter Danemo leads his own groups and quartets. The first one featured the late pianist Esbjörn Svenssonand was called the Peter Danemo Kapell-- since the late eighties but his output as a leader is relatively rare. He is a diverse musician-composer and played in many Nordic outfits including ones that featured third stream jazz, ...

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Alberto Pinton: Nascent

Read "Nascent" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Italian-born, Stockholm-based sax and woodwinds player Alberto Pinton new quartet Nascent = 14719 brings the best of him. Pinton is an experienced and varied musician who honed his art in dozens of recordings as a leader, co-leader-- in his own former quartet and quintet, Dog Out quartet with saxophonist Fredrik Nordström and another collaborative quartet with ...

George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band

Read "George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

George Stone

The Real Deal

Self Published

2010

Every once in a while the stars align, the wheel of fortune spins precisely and listeners are the happy recipients of a big band album that is remarkably engaging and spectacular from start to finish; in other words, The Real Deal. This ...