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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jakob Buchanan: A Language of My Own

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In his novel, In Search of Lost Time, the French author Marcel Proust (1871-1922) famously wrote about a madeleine cake dipped in a cup of tea that was able to trigger a string of memories. For the Danish trumpeter, Jakob Buchanan, it was the return to his childhood home, Rosenhill, which brought back a series of ...

Tobias Wiklund: Where the Spirits Eat

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Who is the man behind the beard? This is the question one could be tempted to ask when seeing the cover of the young Swedish-born cornetist Tobias Wiklund's album, Where the Spirits Eat. The eyes of the horn-player are hidden, but if the saying goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul, there's no ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Toldam Trio: Omhu

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The bebop and hard bop revolution of the forties and fifties made speed a virtue as razor-sharp unison lines cut through the rhythms. A saxophonist like Johnny Griffin was praised for his fast way of playing that also underlined his technical virtuosity, and the muscular style signaled a music completely in touch with modernity.

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

C’è del mood in Danimarca! Viaggio nella Copenhagen del jazz, tra tradizione e nuovi collettivi

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La città di Copenhagen è stata tra le prime e più attive capitali europee ad accogliere, sin dagli anni Cinquanta, alcuni dei migliori jazzisti americani che trovavano in Europa condizioni di lavoro e di rispetto artistico maggiori che in patria.
Musicisti come Oscar Pettiford, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Duke Jordan, Kenny Drew ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Simon Toldam: A New Perspective in Jazz

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Danish pianist and composer Simon Toldam is a man who is used to getting involved in many different musical situations. Toldam thrives on diversity and he has played all kinds of music, from folk music to modern jazz and avant-garde. No matter what he is playing, he invests himself in the different musical contexts and brings ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Toldam Trio: Kig Op 14

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Music is a sensory art. Hands touching the keyboard, bass strings that are plucked and the rustling of cymbals. Sounds form patterns and familiar sounds become clichés and then the trouble starts. The immediacy of the first movement, that first touch is lost. In a sense, every musician battles this process that dulls the listener's senses ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nils Davidsen: Noget at glæde sig til: Solo Outburst In Various Frames Part I

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Now and then a heavy instrument with low and deep resonance can sound very light; now and then a series of freely combined tones can nonetheless have a strong melodic feel; and now and then very mobile playing can sound tranquil. The double bass is a heavy, low register instrument, but in the hands of some ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013
jny: Copenhagen, Denmark
July 12-14, 2013
The annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival, with more than a thousand concerts during ten days--spread over more than hundred places and stages across the city--is a special, unique affair. Like other big jazz festivals, it also has its headliners--big names, mostly American, like Terence Blanchard, Richard Bona, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Toldam Orkester: Stork

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Un sestetto guidato dal pianista Simon Toldam esplora le dinamiche più sottili del linguaggio di ricerca prodotto dal jazz europeo più legato al camerismo contemporaneo. Toldam è attivo e molto apprezzato in Danimarca, dove ha vinto premi come leader orchestrale specie nel biennio 2006-2007, è attualmente componente del trio di Han Bennink e ha collaborato con i più ...