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Henrik Olsson: Hand of Benediction

Read "Hand of Benediction" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is the trio's debut recording led by cagey and inventive Swedish guitarist Henrik Olsson for a set that resides in an opaque realm, containing dabs of free jazz, punk jazz and avant-garde rock. The agile and limber trio ventures through some enigmatic musical territory via tight unison phrasings, multipart progressions, animated and linear uprisings along ...

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Ocean Fanfare: First Nature

Read "First Nature" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were to play a game of 'name that artist' while listening to the recording First Nature, roughly half of the contestants would identify the band as the Dave Douglas Quartet, not because Tomasz Dąbrowski has a derivative sound, but more as a compliment to his range and imagination. The Polish trumpeter, now a Scandinavian ...

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Ocean Fanfare: First Nature

Read "First Nature" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It can be difficult to keep up with trumpeter Tomasz Dabrowski. His incessant musical explorations have kept him in the forefront of European jazz since 2012, when he debuted his Tom Trio (ILK Music), the first of several different projects he has formed. Most recently he released Ninjazz (For Tune, 2018), a well-conceived outing featuring three ...

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Tomasz Dabrowski

Tomasz Dąbrowski is an award-winning Polish trumpeter and composer settled in Copenhagen, Denmark. With eight albums released under his own name and dozens of CDs as a co-leader and sideman, he is considered one of the most gifted trumpeters and composers in Europe. Tomasz has mostly been known for his work with groups TOM TRIO [ nominated to the FRYDERYK AWARD - Polish Music Industry Award], FREE4ARTS, his Japanese quartet AD HOC, string of concerts S-O-L-O: 30th Birthday / 30 Concerts / 30 Cities and projects with Tomasz Stańko, Tyshawn Sorey and Kris Davis, which received raving reviews internationally and created opportunities to tour all over Europe, North America and Asia

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Liudas Mockūnas / Arnas Mikalkenas / Håkon Berre: Plunged

Read "Plunged" reviewed by John Sharpe

Recorded at the 2014 Vilnius Jazz Festival by a band comprising two Lithuanians and a Norwegian, which was one of the standouts of the 2017 Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival, Plunged proves an unexpected delight. Of the three participants, reedman Liudas Mockūnas is likely best known, having recorded with bassist Barry Guy, drummer William Hooker and saxophonist ...

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Jeppe Zeeberg: The Four Seasons

Read "The Four Seasons" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Any album self-described as 'experimental' is inevitably going to invite comparisons. The most obvious one applicable to pianist and composer, Jeppe Zeeberg might be Frank Zappa. But in fairness, Zeeberg's The Four Seasons, the third record under his own name, is mainly representative of his own unique and fertile imagination. Yes, there are occasional interspersions of ...

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Tomasz Dabrowski: S-O-L-O: 30th Birthday/30 Concerts/30 Cities

Read "S-O-L-O: 30th Birthday/30 Concerts/30 Cities" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Playing solo is a challenge that takes a lot of discipline. Whereas jazz often relies on the exchange of ideas in a group, there is only one person to carry out what pianist Bill Evans called his “conversations with himself." The consequence is that a soliloquy has the risk of going stale, but it can also ...

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Tomasz Dąbrowski FREE4ARTS: Six Months and Ten Drops

Read "Six Months and Ten Drops" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

FREE4ARTS may be the most Nordic-sounding group of Polish, jny: Copenhagen-based prolific trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski. The quartet features colleagues from the musicians-run collective and record label Barefoot Records including baritone saxophonist Sven Dam Meinild, who also plays in Dąbrowski international quartet Ocean Fanfare, and drummer Kasper Tom Christiansen, who collaborated before with Dąbrowski in the Polish-Danish ...

Drums and Piano: Denny Zeitlin and Kasper Tom

Read "Drums and Piano: Denny Zeitlin and Kasper Tom" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The meeting between drums and piano is one of the more rare combinations in jazz, but it is possible to find fine examples of this particular genre. Just think of the encounter between Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and drummer Paul Motian on Flux & Change (Soul Note, 1995) and Australian pianist Mike Nock's collaboration with drummer ...

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Jeppe Zeeberg: It’s The Most Basic Thing You Can Do On A Boat

Read "It’s The Most Basic Thing You Can Do On A Boat" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The debut album of Danish pianist Jeppe Zeeberg, member of local groups Dødens Garderobe and Bird Alert, expands the concept of piano trio with two double bass players and two drummers, known for their versatility and improvisational skills. Furthermore, Zeeberg's compositions emphasize a common vein through all genres, demonstrated by his and his co-conspirators strong and ...


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