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Linus + Skarbø / Leroux: Linus + Skarbø / Leroux

Read "Linus + Skarbø / Leroux" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the seven years since its inception, El Negocito Records, based in Ghent, Belgium, has established itself as one of the most adventurous and far-ranging independent labels on the European new music scene. The phrase “new music" is operative here because the label concentrates on improvisation in all of its musical guises. There are modern jazz ...

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Vossa Jazz 2016

Read "Vossa Jazz 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Vossa Jazz
Various venues
jny:Voss, Norway
March 18-20, 2016

Perched high on the mountain side, the weather-beaten wooden farm houses of the Voss folk museum command a truly impressive view of the town below, ringed by snow-capped mountains, interlocking valleys and ice-covered fjords that stretch to the four points ...

Ruben Machtelinckx & Linus: Belgian Experimental Music, Strings Attached

Read "Ruben Machtelinckx & Linus: Belgian Experimental Music, Strings Attached" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Belgian guitarist/composer Ruben Machtelinckx has built an impressive catalog of recordings as a leader since graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2010. He tends to work in groups with no drummer, a chamber jazz approach that suits his lyrical, sometimes minimalist compositions well. His guitar style is tasteful and devoid of flashy pyrotechnics: even ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Silent Songs: Introducing Ruben Machtelinckx

Read "Silent Songs: Introducing Ruben Machtelinckx" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The easiest way to impress as a musician is to play loud and fast, but it is not necessarily the most emotionally engaging way of playing music. Instead, some of the best music creates a quiet room that it is possible to inhabit for the listener and such a space has become necessary in a time ...

1982: A / B

Read "A / B" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The fourth album of the Norwegian improvisational trio 1982-- Hardanger fiddler and violinist Nils Økland, organist Sigbjørn Apeland, and drummer Øyvind Skarbø--feature this original outfit of two different sides, just like in the classic LP format.

The A side offers an improvised out-take from the trio 's 2009 Pintura album session (Hubro, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

1982 + BJ Cole: 1982 + BJ Cole

Read "1982 + BJ Cole" reviewed by John Kelman

With musical cross-pollination the norm, it's not just about pan-cultural blending; it's just as much about finding ways to blend the contemporary and the antiquated. Since inception, 1982 has combined instruments from across the centuries--harmonium, hardanger fiddle and drum set--wonderfully blending Norwegian traditionalism, millennium-spanning classicism and modernistic free improvisation on its self-titled, 2010 NORCD debut. If ...

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1982: Pintura

Read "1982: Pintura" reviewed by John Kelman

1982

Pintura

Hubro Music

2011

In a world where technology is becoming a bigger partner in everything, for better or worse, there are still some artists who strive for purity--at least within certain contexts. The trio that has come to be known as 1982, when it first came together for ...