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Guitars on Three Continents

Read "Guitars on Three Continents" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Gonzalo Esteybar
One Look
River Flow Records
2017

Even when you can glean a lot from a first glance, it still usually means just scratching the surface. Gonzalo Esteybar knows his way around the instrument enough to have studied in Robert Fripp's Guitar Circle and repeatedly toured with its ...

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440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights

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It's always a pleasure to be reminded what a range of sounds just one instrument can produce. The same 88 keys can be used in endlessly different ways in different inventive hands, and this batch of recordings has several masterful performers taking that starting point toward quite eclectic ends.

Dag Arnesen Trio
Pentagon ...

Nypan: Stereotomic

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You have to give people a chance to miss you sometimes. Øyvind Nypan certainly seems to understand the idea of spacing visits apart in order to have something to bring back to the table each time. His second Losen Records outing took four years to follow on from Republique (Losen, 2013), and the entire backing cast ...

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Christer Fredriksen: Vit

Read "Vit" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

On his first two albums Norwegian guitarist Christer Fredriksen was playing in a contemporary jazz style, albeit one with clear rock influences. Urban Country (Losen, 2011) even included a cover of the Duke Ellington standard “In a Sentimental Mood." Vit finds him creating soundscapes in a single take using a loop pedal and three guitar amps ...

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New, Notable and Nearly Missed

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One of the great pleasures of the holiday season is taking stock of the last 12 months, comparing notes with friends, investigating their recommendations and catching up with some of those releases that you never quite got round to. The falling cost of an independent release has meant that it is easier than ever for a ...

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Lorenzo de Finti Quartet: We Live Here

Read "We Live Here" reviewed by Geno Thackara

After some time immersed in the world of electric jazz, Lorenzo de Finti decided it was time to return to the piano and base his next endeavor in warm acoustic tones, and the result is a beautifully cozy experience. The title looks like an obvious Pat Metheny homage which might suggest a feel of Americana, but ...

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Knut Riisnæs Quartet: 2nd Thoughts

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Contemporary Norwegian jazz has a well-deserved reputation for atmospheric beauty. Such players as saxophonists Jan Garbarek and Trygve Seim, trumpeters Nils Petter Molvær and Arve Henriksen, and guitarists Terje Rypdal and Eivind Aarset (all associated with ECM Records) have attracted international attention for many years. But Norway also has strong roots in bebop, and the Knut ...

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Olga Konkova and Jens Thoresen: December Songs

Read "December Songs" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's a Christmas album even a Grinch can love. The title December Songs already hints that this affair is themed around the general season and mood rather than one particular holiday. The format (sparse piano/guitar duets) smoothly follows suit. The song selection includes a few of the same carols that always get overplayed at the end ...

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Olga Konkova & Jens Thoresen: December Songs

Read "December Songs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

December Songs is a sly title for an album of mostly Christmas music, but it suits the subtle approach taken by the Norwegian duo of pianist Olga Konkova and guitarist Jens Thoresen. The arrangements consistently find fresh approaches to very familiar music, transforming the tunes into something elusive and beautiful. Add in the improvisational element, and ...

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Haakon Graf/Erik Smith/Per Mathisen: Sunrain

Read "Sunrain" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Digging into the staggered groove of “Santa Monica" during an end-of-2014 performance in jny: Oslo's Olsen Bar, Haakon Graf glides along the keys in an easygoing manner to begin building the show's energy. The electric trappings of '70s Jeff Beck come to mind--albeit without the guitar--alongside the sound of classic outfits like Weather Report and Herbie ...


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