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John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are ten new releases, reviewed at All About Jazz, which stood out among those I heard this year.

Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
(Cuneiform Records)

While the title might conjure up a string of luminous tone poems, the reality of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's magisterial collection goes ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dag Magnus Narvesen Octet: Cornua Copiae

Read "Cornua Copiae" reviewed by John Sharpe

At times there seems no end to the bewildering stream of talent emerging from the Norwegian jazz scene. Fresh off the conveyor belt comes drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen whose Damana Octet functions more akin to an even larger ensemble, thanks to some expertly voiced charts. On the roster are some increasingly familiar names, such as saxophonists ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cortex: Live In New York

Read "Live In New York" reviewed by John Sharpe

Live In New York constitutes the fourth outing by young Norwegian outfit Cortex. It's one of a stream of top notch dates emerging on the Portuguese Clean Feed label by a welter of interconnected bands from the burgeoning Scandinavian scene. All four members share a common background in jazz studies from Trondheim, but are now active ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vossa Jazz 2016

Read "Vossa Jazz 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Vossa Jazz
Various venues
jny:Voss, Norway
March 18-20, 2016

Perched high on the mountain side, the weather-beaten wooden farm houses of the Voss folk museum command a truly impressive view of the town below, ringed by snow-capped mountains, interlocking valleys and ice-covered fjords that stretch to the four points ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cortex: Live!

Read "Live!" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Bastano le prime battute di “Opening" per andare con il pensiero allo storico quartetto di Ornette Coleman e Don Cherry, che tanto scompiglio portò nel mondo del jazz agli inizi degli anni sessanta. Questi quattro giovanotti norvegesi non possono sconvolgere più di tanto un ring musicale che da anni è abituato ad ogni tipo di incontro ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cortex: Göteborg

Read "Göteborg" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norway's Cortex released its highly promising debut, Resection (Bolage), in 2011. The members of this high-octane quartet met during jazz studies in Trondheim, and began working as a band in 2007. Cortex follows the free jazz legacy of Ornette Coleman quartet with trumpeter Don Cherry, spicing it with wise, original compositions and uncompromising performances inspired by ...