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Nicola Conte: Let Your Light Shine On

Read "Let Your Light Shine On" reviewed by Chris May

Italian guitarist, bandleader, crate digger and DJ Nicola Conte's journeys into musics originating from beyond Europe--be they Brazilian, Hindustani, Latin American or African--sometimes carry a touch of the touristic about them, but his work is so transparently heartfelt that it never becomes a problem. It is also, always, superbly well crafted. Conte identifies Let Your Light ...

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Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Stockholm Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Ephland

Stockholm Jazz Festival
Stockholm, Sweden
October 7-16, 2016

This year's autumnal Stockholm Jazz Festival continued their tilt toward world and improvisational music in the context of a jazz festival. That said, there was an ample supply of shows to go see and hear where “jazz" was preeminent. Programming world ...

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Jazz and Joy Festival 2015

Read "Jazz and Joy Festival 2015" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Jazz and Joy Festival 2015
Worms, Germany
June 19-21, 2015

The Jazz and Joy Festival, located in the German town of Worms, celebrated its 25th anniversary. Not far from Frankfurt on Main, Worms carries an illustrious historical heritage, as the site of the Middle Age Nibelung Legend, which was later masterfully rendered ...

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Rigmor Gustafsson: When You Make Me Smile

Read "When You Make Me Smile" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il primo aggettivo che viene in mente ascoltando il nuovo disco di Rigmor Gustafsson è “seducente."
Tredici brani, scritti quasi tutti dalla cantante svedese, che si sviluppano secondo i modelli del jazz vocale anni cinquanta/sessanta: un paio di blues, molte ballad, una bossa nova, qualche episodio soul, un classico del pop. In Italia è ...

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Rigmor Gustafsson: When You Make Me Smile

Read "When You Make Me Smile" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Rigmor Gustaffson's extensive discography, stretching back to 1997, has seen the Swedish vocalist working with major jazz musicians such as Jacky Terrasson and Eric Harland. When You Make Me Smile is her sixth album on the ACT Music label--all of which have included “You" in the title. Gustafsson is a subtle vocalist--no over-the-top melodrama or blues ...

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Maria Baptist: Music for Jazz Orchestra

Read "Maria Baptist: Music for Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Like it or not, a new wave of young composer / arrangers has surfaced, scrupulously guiding big bands into heretofore uncharted waters, now and then smooth, at other times choppy, but always intriguing and inspired. Maria Schneider, George Gruntz, Jim McNeely and Carla Bley were among the pacesetters, followed in short order by such (relative) newcomers ...

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JazzFest Berlin 2010 Programme Available & Tickets On Sale

JazzFest Berlin 2010—Goes Europe! This year's edition of the Berlin Jazz Festival (JazzFest Berlin 2010) will take place from November 3 to 7. Artistic director Nils Landgren and the Berliner Festspiele treat you to a resounding jazz experience with 23 events, more than 30 jazz ensembles and roughly 250 musicians. The recent festival focusses on the colourful ...

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Magnus Lindgren / Malm: Music for the Neighbours

Read "Music for the Neighbours" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The last time I heard tenor saxophonist Magnus Lindgren on record, he was scampering through a straight-ahead gig with the Swedish Radio Jazz Group at Jazzclub Fasching in Stockholm (Paradise Open Caprice, 2001). But to Lindgren, jazz transcends stereotyping, and it should be as much at home in an amphitheatre or opera house as it is ...

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Magnus Lindgren: Music for the Neighbours

Read "Music for the Neighbours" reviewed by John Kelman

It's all too easy to underestimate the European jazz scene's vibrancy from a distant perch in North America. After all, while labels like ECM, ACT, and Hatology have international distribution, there are far more that rarely see the light of day outside their own countries. Fortunately, the global access of the internet has made it possible ...

Magnus Lindgren Quartet: The Game

Read "The Game" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

With its third recording, The Game, the Magnus Lindgren Quartet has made a jazz album for the everyman. The album’s nine cuts offer something for everyone, a pastiche of styles sure to please fans of jazz’s more traditional forms. The group takes on soul jazz with “Sofia kom hem,” lay out on the advanced hard bop ...