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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Psalms and Poetry: Den Danske Salmeduo and Nicolai Munch-Hansen

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Sometimes, the answer to the quest for an original sound is so obvious that it is overlooked. While many European jazz musicians have tried to imitate the sound of the American jazz scene and the pulse of New York, fewer have tried to reach back into their own musical heritage. Two new Danish jazz releases find ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christian Vuust & Aaron Parks: Storytelling

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"You're technically hip. But what is your story?" This quote from the famous saxophonist and storyteller Lester Young is used in the Danish saxophonist Christian Vuust's introduction to his album Storytelling. The context of the quote is Lester Young teaching a group of young musicians the importance of being able to tell a story with music. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ambient Jazz: Pauseland & Jakob Sørensen

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In a world that is fast-paced and in constant movement, contemplation has become an increasingly important value. However, it is a value that it is sometimes hard to achieve. A possibility is to listen to music that invites it. The albums from Danish jazz group Pauseland and trumpeter Jakob Sørensen both offer room for introspection and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases of 2014

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2014 proved to be another fruitful year for jazz. The artists on this list represent many different musical directions, but that is the wonder of jazz. It is so many things and the world would indeed be poorer if the idiom was restricted to one particular sound. These artists all have a fresh approach to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christian Vuust: Urban Hymn

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Multi-reedist/composer Christian Vuust has been a mainstay of the Danish jazz scene for close to thirty years. A professor at the Royal Academy of Music in his hometown of Aarhus, Vuust has crafted a significant discography as leader, working with some of Denmark's best jazz musicians. Urban Hyms marks a departure for Vuust, being his first ...

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Thomas Maintz / Scott Colley / Johnathan Blake: Present

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There's a certain trend that has developed on the Danish jazz scene and it keeps growing stronger. In recent years, many Danish jazz musicians have travelled to New York to make a record with some of the top musicians in the city. Danish guitarist Jakob Bro has done it several times, recently with his record December ...

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Christian Vuust: Urban Hymn

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As the jazz capital of the world, New York holds a special fascination for musicians around the world. One of them, the Danish saxophonist Christian Vuust, got the chance to fulfill his dream of living and working in the city and also recorded an album of his own music while he was there. The result is ...