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Mixtape: 15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Mixtape: 15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Over two hours of music to savor the breadth of today's Norwegian jazz and improv scene while reading 15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need to Know About. That's 23 tracks showcasing the creativity of the most promising Norwegian players deserving wider recognition beyond their home country.

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15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Double your Norwegian jazz pleasure: listen to our companion Norwegian jazz mixtape while reading this article.

Far too many people talk about the Norwegian scene as being “interesting because it's so exotic." Those who think so, have in mind its “Nordic Tone," that distinctive mood which evokes snow, mountains and icy fjords. This kind ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pixel: Golden Years

Read "Golden Years" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pixel is not your prototypical Scandinavian jazz ensemble, evidenced by many ECM Records recording artists' known for integrating atmospherics and chamber-jazz proclivities into wide- open or temperate jazz improvisational forums. Of course, this is not a bad thing, yet the quartet adheres more to an Indie progressive jazz-centric rock vibe, largely fed by bassist, vocalist Ellen ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Stockholm Jazz Festival 2015

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Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
October 9-18, 2015

The sleeper at this year's Stockholm Jazz Festival, and one this reviewer initially found more a curiosity than anything else, oddly enough was downright riveting, not to mention the first evening's headliner. More in the category of being a name crossover artist ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Switzerland 1974

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Thank goodness for Cuneiform Records. Beyond releasing cutting edge new music from now-longstanding groups like The Claudia Quintet and relative newcomers like Norway's Pixel, the intrepid American label continues to unearth, restore and release wonderful archival finds like S.O.S.' Looking for the Next One (2013), and the equally impressive Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop-April '69 (2011), from ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pixel: We Are Small Pixels

Read "We Are Small Pixels" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Vengono dalla Norvegia, sono giovanissimi benché abbiano già alle spalle un apprezzato album di debutto, sono guidati dalla contrabbassista e cantante Ellen Andrea Wang, propongono una musica difficile da catalogare. Un mix, questo, che si presenta particolarmente intrigante per un album che soddisfa pienamente la nostra curiosità.

Pixel è quartetto piano-less con sax ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Finland Festival / European Jazz Conference 2014

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Jazz Finland Festival/European Jazz Conference
Hotel Crowne Plaza/Various Venues
jny: Helsinki, Finland
September 18-21, 2014

When the steamship RMS Andania docked in the port of Helsinki in 1926 it unloaded more than just cargo. The American jazz group the Andania Yankees that disembarked stayed for two months and effectively kick-started ...

Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Enfant Terrible

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While making noise with her debut, Shoot! (Rune Grammofon, 2011), it was with All Them Witches (Rune Grammofon, 2013)--and subsequent touring that took her from her home country of Norway, playing at festivals like the 2013 Molde International Jazz Festival, to a short North American tour this year--that guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen's career really took off. ...

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Mai Jazz 2014

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Mai Jazz 2014
Stavanger, Norway
May 6-11, 2014

After visiting Norway as often as four or five times annually, a first trip to the country in early May is surprisingly late for a first visit of the year. The last time visiting the west coast city of Stavanger was in 2008, part ...

Sjøen: Live I

Read "Live I" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Sjøen (sea in Norwegian) is a new, Norwegian-Swedish quintet with a debut that was recorded during their first-ever concert, at the Energimølla club in Kongsberg, Norway, in April 2013. Obviously, it would not have been possible without the promising, young musicians that band leader and violinist Håkon Aase gathered. Each of them also play in other ...