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Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music

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Fossero tutte così le party-band!

Cortex e Clean Feed colpiscono ancora e questo nuovo e ironico Avant-Garde Party Music la dice lunga sulle prospettive dello straordinario quartetto norvegese che dà alle stampe un nuovo capitolo della loro fortunata discografia. Se qualcuno cercasse una naturale evoluzione di un moderno hard-bop che attraversando gli insegnamenti di ...

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A Musical Portrait Of Cortex

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For this new installment of our “50/50" series, we asked the members of Cortex (Thomas Johansson, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, Ola Høyer, Gard Nilssen), one of the most interesting groups in the burgeoning Norwegian jazz scene, to choose five tracks that inspired them in their music making. We then completed the selection with five other tracks taken ...

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Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Live In Europe

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Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen formed Acoustic Unity back in 2014 to assuage his desire to compose and lead in a pure jazz setting. The initial get together with saxophonist André Roligheten and bassist Petter Eldh was so successful that it yielded the well-received Firehouse (Clean Feed, 2015). That achievement gives rise to an audacious gambit for ...

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Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music

Read "Avant-Garde Party Music" reviewed by John Sharpe

Why change a winning formula? If Norwegian crew Cortex has considered that question, then the response was likely an unconcerned shrug. Studio session Avant-Garde Party Music continues firmly in the winning vein established by Clean Feed predecessors Live! (2014) and Live In New York (2016), mashing 1960s New Thing tropes with contemporary inside/outside soloing. Trumpeter Thomas ...

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October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music 2017

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October Revolution In Jazz & Contemporary Music
FringeArts
Philadelphia, PA
October 5-8, 2017

The main venue for The October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music was FringeArts, a renovated historic pumping station for Philadelphia's fire department located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. It seats 240 ...

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Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2017

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Fotografare lo stato dell'arte nell'ambito del jazz e delle musiche limitrofe è compito che il festival di Saalfelden svolge assai bene ormai da decenni. Non solo la rassegna austriaca non rinuncia ad alcuna delle sue prerogative estetiche (apertura massima rispetto agli stili contemporanei, volontà di anticipare tendenze, capacità di realizzare prime esecuzioni mondiali), ma anzi, trova ...

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Steve Noble / Kristoffer Berre Alberts: Coldest Second Yesterday

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Saxophone/drum duets tend to bring out the devil in people. Norwegian reedman Kristoffer Berre Alberts' approach might come as a surprise for those familiar with him only through his work with bands such as Snik and Cortex. Here he explores the edges to the exclusion of almost all else, with barely a conventional pitch among the ...

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Snik: Metasediment Rock

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The Clean Feed imprint continues to unearth new outfits from Scandinavia deserving wider appreciation. Among the latest is Snik, a predominantly Norwegian quartet which includes bassist Ole Morten Vågan, best known for his tenure in saxophonist Joshua Redman's Trio. Completing the line up are young trombonist Kristoffer Kompen, who contributes half a dozen of the eight ...

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Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2014

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2014 Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2014
Ljubljana, Slovenia
July 2-5, 2014

Ljubljana--capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy--hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe, which held its 55th edition this year. The event is usually organized by Cankarjev House--Cankarjev Dom, in Slovenian--a prestigious, state-run ...

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2014

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2014
Bergen, Norway
May 21-25, 2014

Bergen, the second largest city of Norway along the northwestern coast of the North Sea, is situated along an impressive mountainous bay. Protected against and open to the sea, to the world it is an illustrious place of a centuries-old merchant tradition, ...