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Toft-Olsen: Four

Read "Four" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

"Four" is a composition written by Miles Davis with lyrics by singer and lyricist Jon Hendricks, but now it is also the name of an album by hitherto unknown Danish singer and jazz crooner Hans Toft-Olsen. Naturally, he sings the song about the four elements that you get out of life: truth, honor, happiness and love. ...

Claus Waidtlow: A New Beginning

Read "A New Beginning" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Saxophonist Claus Waidtløw has been a vital part of the Danish jazz scene for many years. At the beginning of the '90s, he was already established on the scene and in 1997 he released his debut as a leader, Claustrophobia, on Stunt Records (notice the use of the pun on the saxophonist's name in the title). ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Lundgren: Potsdamer Platz

Read "Potsdamer Platz" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Jan Lundgren is a fine example of a classically-trained European musician with a strong empathy with mainstream jazz. Potsdamer Platz is, in turn, a fine example of Lundgren's ability to compose fresh-sounding and often beautiful tunes, allied to a talented quartet of players who know just how to bring the pianist's ideas to life.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jens Jefsen: A Secret Sigh

Read "A Secret Sigh" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Veteran Danish bassist Jens Jefsen could be a one-man band, but instead he accomplishes a rare feat here: a bass-centric recording that does not sound like a “bass album." Each track includes multiple bass parts--pizzicato and arco--along with percussive bass sounds and other percussion by Jefsen. While this description may sound like an endless bass solo, ...

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: GENERAL ARTICLES

I nuovi percorsi del Polish Jazz

Read "I nuovi percorsi del Polish Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Una nuova generazione si fa avanti con determinazione sulla scena del Jazz polacco e molti trovano accoglienza nel catalogo della For-Tune. L'etichetta si propone ambiziosamente di “salvare dall'oblio i fenomeni musicali di natura eterna." Non si rivolge esclusivamente al jazz o agli artisti polacchi e il suo catalogo ospita anche lavori di William Parker, Mary Halvorson, ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Yelena Eckemoff: Growing Into Jazz

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Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff goes her own way. Since the 2010 release of Cold Sun on her own L&H Production label, she has produced a series of jazz recordings, all presenting original music, with an impressive array of renowned contemporary musicians. Our conversation mainly dealt with her recording career: making connections with other musicians, composing, and working ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Time in Jazz 2015: "Ali"

Read "Time in Jazz 2015: "Ali"" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Berchidda e Nord Sardegna
8-16.08.2015

“Ali" era il titolo della ventottesima edizione di Time in Jazz. «Parlando di “Ali" -afferma il direttore artistico Paolo Fresu -il nostro pensiero non poteva non andare all'Icaro di Henry Matisse, raffigurato in una delle venti lastre che compongono il libro “Jazz," che diviene protagonista e musa ispiratrice ...

A New Danish Bassist on Top: Introducing Morten Haxholm

Read "A New Danish Bassist on Top: Introducing Morten Haxholm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There is little doubt that Denmark has a proud tradition of fostering exceptional bassists -just think of names like Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Jesper Lundgaard, Bo Stief, Jesper Bodilsen and, more recently, Anders Christensen, Jonas Westergaard and Richard Andersson. Add Morten Haxholm to this ever growing list.

Haxholm has been ambitious from the start. ...