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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Hans Ulrik: Still Searching

Read "Hans Ulrik: Still Searching" reviewed by Robin Arends

It is not easy to classify Danish saxophonist Hans Ulrik. He dedicates himself as easily to movie soundtracks and jingles as to an album of Latin or Christmas music. At the same time it is not difficult to recognize Ulrik's dreamy, Nordic voice. Like other European jazz musicians Ulrik started his career in the United States. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Valby Summer Jazz: Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6-13, 2013

Read "Valby Summer Jazz: Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6-13, 2013" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Valby Summer Jazz
Prøvehallen in Valby and The Betty Nansen Theatre
Copenhagen, Denmark
July 6-13, 2013

In a time of financial crisis, the solution to many festivals seems to be to cut down on the experimental budget and ambitions and focus on familiar names that are sure to attract a sizeable audience. While Valby ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Jakob Baekgaard's Best Danish Releases of 2010

Read "Jakob Baekgaard's Best Danish Releases of 2010" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The Danish jazz scene has evolved tremendously during recent years. The recurring Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a testament to the strength of the Danish jazz scene and its ability to soak up influences from outside. Openness towards musical influences is also reflected in this year's harvest of the best Danish records, which often bring in American ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hans Ulrik / Benjamin Koppel / Jon Balke / Palle Danielsson / Alex Riel: The Adventures of a Polar Expedition

Read "The Adventures of a Polar Expedition" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The exploration of arctic landscapes has always fascinated mankind, and both paintings and literature testify to man's longings for the icy unknown. However, few musicians have tried to translate the adventures of the arctic explorers into sound.

Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel's ambitious The Adventure of a Polar Expedition sets out to right that ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2009

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2009

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2009 - from retro to rebirth in 10 days...
Now the program for the Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2009 has been published. The 31st edition of the festival is an illustration of the eternal rebirth of jazz, but is also looking into the past with a range of tribute concerts to the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hans Ulrik's Jazz & Mambo: Danish Standards

Read "Danish Standards" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Riffing on riddles. Such seems to be the intent of Danish saxophonist Hans Ulrik’s new release on the Stunt label. The name he coins for his ensemble is Jazz & Mambo, but the program appears to be a clutch of reworked Danish pop and folk songs. The gist of the band seems jazz oriented; both in ...

Hans Ulrik/Steve Swallow/Jonas Johansen: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by Elliott Simon

On the aptly (if unimaginatively) named Trio, American electric bassist Steve Swallow joins forces with two Danish musicians: sax player Hans Ulrik and drummer Jonas Johansen. At every turn, Swallow demonstrates why he is the premiere electric jazz bassist of the last two decades. When his trademark 5-string finds the groove that makes the trio equal ...

Ulrik / Swallow / Johansen: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by Derek Taylor

The cursory documentation included with this disc doesn’t offer much as to the origins of this trio. On the surface they have the suspicious makings of a pick-up tour band, but the tight confluence of the music tells a different story. Steve Swallow’s surname will likely garner the greatest degree of familiarity, at least in the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hans Ulrik: Jazz & Latin Beats

Read "Jazz & Latin Beats" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Jazz & Latin Beats is a follow–up to Copenhagen–born saxophonist Hans Ulrik’s Jazz and Mambo, which won a Danish Grammy Award as “Jazz Album of the Year” in 1998. This is another strong outing, even though the “Latin beats” are always subordinated to the Jazz and in some cases (“Gone with the Wind,” “The Man I ...