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JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell
Bergen, Norway
May 23-27, 2018

If anyone should be in doubt, Norwegian jazz is thriving. Through many years, the musicians in Norway have continued to refine what might be called a particularly Norwegian approach to the jazz tradition. It is not about repeating any preconceived ideas ...

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Trondheim Jazzfest 2018

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Olafshallen, Dokhuset and other venues
Trondheim Jazzfest
Trondheim, Norway
May 8-12, 2018

Trondheim, Norway's third largest city, is the country's main center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology. It holds a key place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically.

The ...

Maciej Obara: Unloved

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Al suo esordio su etichetta ECM, l'altosassofonista polacco Maciej Obara, classe 1981, è in realtà al suo nono disco da titolare, e al quarto (ma primo realizzato in studio) con il quartetto di cui è leader, completato dal connazionale pianista Dominic Wania (conosciuto quando entrambi militavano nel gruppo del trombettista Tomasz Stanko) e da una sezione ...

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Jazzahead! 2018

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Bremen Trade Fair Hall
Jazzahead!
Bremen, Germany
April 21-23, 2018

Jazzahead!, the three-day annual jazz marketplace marketplace of/for jazz in the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany with 3,283 participants from 61 countries stood strong and steady again this year. A total of 40 showcases over three ...

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Maciej Obara: Unloved

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Unloved marks a before and after for alto saxophonist/composer Maciej Obara, whose star has gradually risen since his debut as leader, Message from Ohayo (Polish Radio Katowice, 2007), and his subsequent stint with Tomasz Stanko's New Balladyna Quartet. However, it's arguably with his quintet Obara International, featuring Dominik Wania, Gard Nilssen, Ole Morten Vågan and Tom ...

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Maciej Obara: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Seemingly from thin air, the meditative music on Unloved, Polish alto saxophonist Maciej Obara's ECM debut, envelopes you in its improvisatory, chamber atmosphere and stays with you through the darker parts of the day.

Spectral piano Dominik Wania, expressive double bass Ole Morten Vagan and airy percussion Gard Nilssden, composers and band leaders all, ...

Motif: My Head Is Listening

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Formed in 1998, Norwegian sextet Motif celebrates its sixth release with My Head Is Listening and its second on Clean Feed following Art Transplant (2011). Bassist Ole Morten Vågan, who co-founded the outfit with reedman Atle Nymo, is once again responsible for all seven compositions. As well as Motif, he boasts some heavyweight credits with Joshua ...

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Snik: Metasediment Rock

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The Clean Feed imprint continues to unearth new outfits from Scandinavia deserving wider appreciation. Among the latest is Snik, a predominantly Norwegian quartet which includes bassist Ole Morten Vågan, best known for his tenure in saxophonist Joshua Redman's Trio. Completing the line up are young trombonist Kristoffer Kompen, who contributes half a dozen of the eight ...

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Jazztopad 2014

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Jazztopad 2014
Wroclaw
November 19-22, 2014

The city of Wroclaw by the Odra river in the southwest of Poland has occupied a pre-eminent position throughout its long turbulent history, and it still does.

The Wroclaw way

Wroclaw's Jazztopad festival is a relatively young one. This applies to the ...

Julio Resende Trio: You Taste Like a Song

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Trio da tener d'occhio quello del portoghese Julio Resende. Innanzitutto perché suona in maniera pazzesca e come un unico organismo pensante. I ruoli sono continuamente invertiti non come semplice divertissement ma come stimolante provocazione e sollecitazione delle dinamiche interne. Il contrabbasso del formidabile Ole Morten Vagan funge spesso da traino melodico contrappuntandosi alle creazioni istantanee del pianista; in ...