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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kaja Draksler / Petter Eldh / Christian Lillinger: Punkt.Vrt.Plastik

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Three outrageously talented up-and-coming players on the European scene join energies on a program of spiky attitude based around rhythmically dynamic foundations. German drummer Christian Lillinger and Swedish bassist Petter Eldh may be best known as the potent bedrock of the Amok Amor Quartet which featured trumpeter Peter Evans. Now they fulfill the same function in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Enemy Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Fiercely intense and beautifully intricate, Enemy spotlights three brilliant musical minds: bassist Frans Petter Eldh, pianist Kit Downes and drummer James Maddren.

These three musicians from London and Berlin strive for 'total music,' with each of them contributing equally in an authentic aesthetic display. On top of that, the music of Enemy is very ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Piotr Baron, Benjamin Deschamps & More

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Pianist Jacob Sacks summoned some of the best musicians he could find to create Fishes, his latest release for Clean Feed. Saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Dan Weiss tackle Sack's quirky compositions and ideas and the result is a great recording. Also in this episode, music from a live performance ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros

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A pair of albums from Northern European artists demonstrate a similar approach in this episode--improvising upon the folk melodies of their countries--Poland's Irek Wojtczak and his Folk Five and Finland's Hot Heros. For Wojtczak, he's just happy to see his recording available: the radio station that was recording the live concert lost the tapes, but fortunately, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018: The Community Series at Koncertkirken

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Koncertkirken
Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Copenhagen
July 13-14, 2018

It was a flying visit of two days at this year's Copenhagen Jazz Festival with its 1500 concerts during 10 days. But with so many concerts spread over the city even two days demands serious decision-making and crisscrossing town. I was primarily ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Relay Jazz

Read "Relay Jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Already soccered-out? Then dive in the world of Jazz Relay: the exciting sport in which one jazz player passes the baton to the next one and at the end all listeners are exhilarated by the mind-boggling diversity of music that comes out of different bands even when they have many players in common.

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lucia Cadotsch: Whispers Speak Louder than Screams

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Speak Low (Enja Records, 2017), the debut release of her current Trio of the same name, catapulted Lucia Cadotsch among the new artists that promise to write original chapters of vocal jazz while showing deference to the artists that preceded them. Playing a compelling brand of music that has been aptly described as “acoustic retrofuturism" --think ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Django Bates: Generous Abundance

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If you love jazz because of its capacity to surprise, amaze, astound, even flabbergast, and leave you without words, then Django Bates is the musician for you. A bird's-eye view [no pun nor reference to Bates' love for the music Charlie Parker intended] of the striking body of work the British pianist has developed over four ...