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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Octopus

Read "Octopus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Octopus, the tenth album released by the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in its nearly twenty-five years of impressive music-making in The Netherlands, is actually an eight-part suite by composer / arranger Joan Reinders devoted to one of the sea world's more fearsome and enigmatic creatures. The thematic essay spans the whole nine yards, from “Evolution" and “Environment" ...

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Rose Ellis: Like Songs Like Moons

Read "Like Songs Like Moons" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È un debutto internazionale quanto mai personale e significativo questo di Rose Ellis, nome d'arte per la giovane cantante olandese Roos Plaatsman, da qualche anno a New York.
Riuscire a distinguersi nell'affollato universo odierno delle jazz singers non è cosa facile ma la Ellis ci riesce, entrando in sintonia con la migliore tradizione vocale ...

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Rose Ellis: Like Songs Like Moons

Read "Like Songs Like Moons" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

After a promising beginning in the Netherlands--success with the Dutch pop group, Roos, prestigious schooling and prestigious awards--vocalist/songwriter Rose Ellis came to New York, with a scholarship from the Dutch government and jazz on her mind. She earned her master's degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music, a solid start. And now her jazz debut: ...

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Michiel Stekelenburg 5: Layers

Read "Layers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Dutch guitarist/composer Michiel Stekelenburg expands his group to a quintet for his second album as a leader. Joined by saxophonist Efraim Trujillo, pianist Jeroen Van Vliet, bassist Guus Bakker, and drummer Pascal Vermeer he presents a sharp set of contemporary jazz originals. The opener “024" begins with folk guitar strumming, a sound recalling Pat Metheny, clearly ...

Polder: Polder

Read "Polder" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Polder is a Dutch quintet, led by bassist and composer Guus Bakker. Bakker has been a professional musician since the mid-90s, with an extensive resumé as a sideman, so it's perhaps surprising that Polder is his debut as a bandleader and writer. His unhurried pace is rewarded by a varied and engaging collection of tunes.