Content by tag "Nils Berg"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lisen Rylander Löve: Oceans

Read "Oceans" reviewed by Troy Dostert

While up-and-coming Swede Lisen Rylander Löve is a talented tenor saxophonist, demonstrated nicely in the quartet Here's to Us on the undersung gem, Animals, Wild and Tame (Hoob Records, 2018), she is hardly content to limit herself to one instrument--or even one genre, for that matter. In Here's to Us she teams up with trumpeter Susana ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Troy Dostert

2018 was a terrific year for imaginative, well-executed recordings that cover the spectrum of instrumental configurations in creative jazz and freely improvised music. From Susana Santos Silva's mesmerizing solo trumpet to Ingrid Laubrock's formidable orchestra (and everything in between), the following choices are a cross-section of some of the best the year had to offer. Something ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Altoadige Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Altoadige Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Varie Sedi
Provincia di Bolzano
29.06--08.07.2018

Da alcuni anni il sottotitolo di questo festival potrebbe essere “Young European Jazz Festival," visto che il suo curatore Klaus Widmann evita accuratamente di invitare gruppi americani o nomi europei già troppo noti. Il suo obiettivo è invece quello di sondare le giovani tendenze ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The University of Toronto 12tet: Trillium Falls

Read "Trillium Falls" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is an altogether sunny and pleasing session by the splendid University of Toronto 12tet, which sounds at times like a full-fledged big band, at others like a leaner and more even-tempered chamber jazz group. The songs and arrangements, most by members of the ensemble (including a couple by director Terry Promane), are lush and lyrical, ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

HOOB Records: Ten Years Young

Read "HOOB Records: Ten Years Young" reviewed by James Pearse

There is something romantic about starting a record label nowadays. With few financial incentives and a whole bunch of work to do to get the record recorded, promoted and distributed, it's a wonder people start records labels it at all. But they do. And many do it very well indeed.

Artistic freedom is an ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sarah Riedel: Living Up To Expectations

Read "Sarah Riedel: Living Up To Expectations" reviewed by James Pearse

The world of jazz is no stranger to the sound of the Swedish language. Alice Babs and Monica Zetterlund--and more recently, Rigmor Gustafsson--are just a few of the names of jazz vocalists hailing from this cold northern country that have reached the ears of US and UK audiences.

Some people believe that spoken Swedish ...

Nils Berg Cinemascope: Vocals

Read "Vocals" reviewed by James Pearse

Swedish reed player Nils Berg scours the online world for unusual and unconventional musical performances to use as a backdrop to his music. He then edits the original down to capture the “essence" of the song and then writes new music on top.

Here's where it gets really interesting: the Nils Berg Cinemascope trio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Samuel Hallkvist: Return to Center

Read "Return to Center" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Return to Center is a detailed staging of a sonic meeting between man and machine. Swedish, Denmark-based guitarist Samuel Hällkvist, on his third solo album, contrast the digital exactness of MIDI programming with the human qualities and modes of expression that we traditionally associate with acoustic instruments. Thus Hällkvist and like-minded associates orchestrate a nuanced texture ...