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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 ...

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MusicMusicMusic: Äventyret

Read "Äventyret" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although they haven't received much attention stateside, the three musicians in MusicMusicMusic have been fixtures in the Swedish jazz scene for years. They've released eight records of their own (all on their Hoob Records label), but they've also made plenty of appearances on others' releases. Pianist Fabian Kallerdahl recently made some fine contributions to vocalist Lisa ...

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Lisa Björänge Quintet: Resting Spirit

Read "Resting Spirit" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The subject matter on Swedish vocalist Lisa Björänge's third album, Resting Spirit, is heavy stuff: difficult relationships, poignant memories, and the daily struggle for personal happiness and peace. But fortunately, Björänge's top- notch quintet brings an invigorating purpose and vitality to these eight tunes, leaving one grateful for having plumbed their emotional depths, since a confident ...

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Linus Lindblom: Sanctuary

Read "Sanctuary" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Sanctuary is saxophonist Linus Lindblom's third release for HOOB records, the first two being The Lines (2007) and Objets Trouvés (2012).

Much like Skarkali by Ingi Bjarni Skúlason, Lindblom's musical language is very personal, unique and highly emotional, but quite accessible. The band, comprised of pianist Carl Bagge, bassist Par-Ola Landin and drummer Konrad ...

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 ...

The Ordinary Square: When in Paris

Read "When in Paris" reviewed by James Pearse

When in Paris (Hoob Records, 2015) is a multifaceted album. The complexity of the French capital is explored with a collection of songs that range from sublime to swinging.

The nine original compositions by bassist and bandleader Viktor Skokic provide a platform for the members of this intriguing ensemble to engage in energetic interaction ...

Nils Berg Cinemascope: Vocals

Read "Vocals" reviewed by James Pearse

Swedish reed player Nils Berg scours the online world for unusual and unconventional musical performances to use as a backdrop to his music. He then edits the original down to capture the “essence" of the song and then writes new music on top.

Here's where it gets really interesting: the Nils Berg Cinemascope trio ...

Lina Nyberg: The Sirenades

Read "Lina Nyberg: The Sirenades" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish vocalist Lina Nyberg's new album The Sirenades, her 16th since her debut twenty years ago, is her most ambitious project to date. The title word she invented derives from three words--Sirens, the ancient Greek ones who deceive you and make you forget your mission; Sirens, the long warning horns at war time and Serenade, a ...

Cecilia Persson: Open Rein

Read "Open Rein" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish pianist and composer Cecilia Persson is best known for her work in vocalist Lina Nyberg's band and with PAAVO the band she leads with vocalist Sofia Jernberg. Open Rein is Persson's debut as a solo artist, featuring a set of impressive originals. The release solidifies her status as a promising composer, improviser and bandleader, already ...

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The Splendor: Delphian Palace

Read "Delphian Palace" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Probably it's best for jazz writers to paraphrase press releases, but sometimes the wording is too good to tamper with. For instance: “The Splendor is a jazz quartet with antennae out, claws in, and a tireless interest in all the small details of the music that transform each concert into its own universe." It's a marvelous ...