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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 6-17, 2020 With the physical 2020 festival cancelled, the Big Ears Festival has turned its attention to broadcasting filmed and live streamed concerts, under the moniker “Sites & Sounds From Big Ears." ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

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Article: Album Review

Friends & Neighbors: What's Next

Read "What's Next" reviewed by John Sharpe


With its fourth release, the Scandinavian quintet Friends & Neighbors, whose moniker references Ornette Coleman's album of near enough the same name, continues to find fertile soil in the American free jazz furrow. This time out the unchanged quintet of trumpeter Thomas Johansson, reedman André Roligheten, pianist Oscar Grönberg, bassist Jon Rune Strøm and percussionist Tollef ...

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Article: Radio

Michael Leonhart, Rava, Lovano, Zappa & Other New Releases

Read "Michael Leonhart, Rava, Lovano, Zappa & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


From previously unreleased recordings of Frank Zappa to the much-anticipated new album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra and the exciting collaboration between Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano, this week we delve into another stash of really exciting new releases. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...

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Article: Radio

20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without

Read "20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


There is a treasure-trove of jazz gems away from the usual labels, venues, websites... one has just to look around and search for it. This week we feature bands whose quality may have not been matched by their international commercial success... but that's often the curse of excellent music that goes off the beaten path. Since ...

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Article: Album Review

Friends & Neighbors: What’s Next?

Read "What’s Next?" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Giunto al suo quarto album (dal 2011), il quintetto norvegese Friends & Neighbors conferma la propria predilezione per un discorso corale, fortemente condiviso, pur aprendo ovviamente i dovuti spazi agli spunti del singolo. Nonostante la presenza del pianoforte (e se vogliamo del sax tenore al posto del contralto), il referente più palpabile appare ...

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Article: Album Review

The Way Ahead: Bells, Ghosts and other Saints

Read "Bells, Ghosts and other Saints" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Perry Farrell, of the rock band Jane's Addiction, might have said/sung it best in 1988, on the track “Ted, Just Admit it..." when he whispered “Nothing's Shocking." Indeed, nothing is in the 21st century. Marcel Duchamp's painting “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2" (1912) is mostly admired today, and certainly not the trigger for a riot. ...

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Article: Album Review

Jonas Cambien Trio: We Must Mustn't We

Read "We Must Mustn't We" reviewed by John Sharpe


Why change a winning formula? Norwegian-based Belgian pianist Jonas Cambien maintains his run of success with We Must Mustn't We, the follow-up to the excellent A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed, 2016) by the same trio, comprising reedman André Roligheten and drummer Andreas Wildhagen. Cambien presents the same distinctive mixture of lurching rhythms, unusual saxophone ...

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Article: Album Review

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by John Sharpe


Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen formed Acoustic Unity back in 2014 to assuage his desire to compose and lead in a pure jazz setting. The initial get together with saxophonist André Roligheten and bassist Petter Eldh was so successful that it yielded the well-received Firehouse (Clean Feed, 2015). That achievement gives rise to an audacious gambit for ...


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