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Bridges With Seamus Blake: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Bridges' eponymous debut album (AMP Music & Records, 2016) is no less spectacular an affair. It sports the same line-up as before with the exception of Jesper Bodilsen now taking over bass duties from Ole Morten Vågan. Once again Seamus Blake leads this group of Norway-based musicians to great success. Not a lot ...

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Anders Lønne Grønseth: Multiverse

Read "Multiverse" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Built and fully realized in its moment of fruition, Norwegian saxophonist and bass clarinetist Anders Lønne Grønseth's Multiverse lays waste to the tired notion that music from the Scandinavian hinterlands has to bear the mark of chilly emotion.

The musical flow and invention heard so immediately on Multiverse is a restless wonder, resulting in ...

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Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet

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Fino al suo debutto da leader per l'ECM con Northbound, più di un decennio fa, il nome della pianista e arpista finlandese era praticamente sconosciuto, anche tra il pubblico del suo Paese. Eppure ebbe un ruolo significativo all'ombra del marito Edward Vesala, suonando nei suoi gruppi per tutti gli anni ottanta e componendo splendidi temi per ...

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Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet

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Finnish pianist/harpist/composer Iro Haarla devoted the early part of her career to the music of her then-husband, the late drummer/composer Edward Vesala. On her own she has released two quintet albums on ECM: Northbound (2005) and Vespers (2010). That quintet (with a couple of personnel substitutions) is integrated into an extended composition with symphony orchestra on ...

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Nutshell 2015

Read "Nutshell 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nutshell 2015
Bergen, Norway
May 27-30, 2015

For a decade now, Nutshell has been an important engine in promoting Norwegian jazz talent abroad. This year, Nutshell's four-day program presented nine acts of quite diverse stripes to an audience of festival directors, radio programmers, booking agents and journalists from fifteen European countries.

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Hayden Powell: Roots and Stems

Read "Roots and Stems" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who think the Norwegian jazz scene is all about electronics, sampling and processing (not that there's anything wrong with that), one look at Hayden Powell, born in England but relocated to Norway as a young child, and any such accusations and generalizations are quickly put to rest. A trumpeter on the ascendance with Magic ...

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2012 Umea Jazz Festival: Umea, Sweden, October 24-28, 2012

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2012 Umeå Jazz Festival
Umeå, Sweden
October 24-28, 2012
Nestled about 20 kilometers from the coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Sweden, connected by the Ume River, sits Umeå (pronounced: ooo-me-oh), a town of about 120,000 (including the surrounding region). Small it may be, but since 1968 it has hosted an annual jazz festival that ...