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Double Standards: Volume One & Volume Two

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Double Standards Volume One & Volume Two Kopasetic Productions 2006 It's sometimes asserted that, when it comes to the best known standard tunes, every conceivable angle worth exploring has already been explored. With tunes like “Body And Soul" or “All Of You," for instance, what could possibly be ...

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Jacob Christoffersen: Facing The Sun

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Denmark has a great jazz tradition. Just like Paris, Copenhagen has been a haven for jazz musicians in exile (from the US, South Africa, etc.) for decades. Jazz has had a strong position in the city since the '40s, and many great players have been produced in this fertile climate, the best known being Niels-Henning Ørsted ...

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Speak In Tones: Subaro

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Subaro is an exciting double CD in the genre of world jazz, produced through a collaboration among more than a dozen musicians, with Daniel Moreno and Mike Ellis as initiators. The recording is the result of a two-year series of concerts and multimedia events at the NYC club 56 Walker Street with players from jazz and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sam Rivers/Ben Street/Kresten Osgood: Violet Violets

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Since this group's first CD was called Purple Violets, what would be more appropriately redundant than naming the sequel Violet Violets? The legendary Sam Rivers did it again--actually both CD's are a result of the same great session, and this is another one without a dull moment. The lineup is the same, except vibraphonist Bryan Carrott ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ren: Action/Reaction

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This second release from the new Swedish Lovestreet Records label gives us another portion of good Malmö-based acoustic jazz. But this band is not exactly local--the bandleader/composer is Chilean, pianist Loïc Dequidt is French, and drummer John Arnold is American. Only saxophonist Fredrik Kronkvist has his roots in southern Sweden. This quartet is deeply rooted in ...

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Simon Spang-Hanssen: Ear Witness

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Ear Witness--whose members are from Denmark, Hungary, Mauritius, and Cameroon--is not exactly your average jazz quartet. To be a bit more precise, let's call this music what it is: funky fusion. Ear Witness is one of Danish saxophonist Simon Spang-Hanssen's many projects, and he wrote eight of its pieces (the ninth is a group composition). Each ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Simon Spang-Hanssen Quartet: Noctiflore

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After having listened through Noctiflore several times under various circumstances, I bathed my ears properly in it one afternoon. There is no other remedy as good as an ear bath! To sit or lie comfortably with your eyes closed and disperse your ears into music, at a reasonably loud volume, with nothing else happening except the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Etienne Mbapp: Misiya

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Fairly unknown to big audiences, but at the same time one of the most talented African bass players, Etienne Mbappé has, since moving to Paris from his home country Cameroon in the '70s, played with musicians such as Joe Zawinul, Manu Dibango, Salif Keita, and his own fusion bands Chic and Ultramarine. Misiya, his first solo ...

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Bill Stewart Trio Live at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse

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Bill Stewart Trio Copenhagen Jazzhouse September 22, 2005 At his trio's first gig on their second European tour, Bill Stewart opened the show by telling us how happy he was to be back at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse, “one of the best jazz clubs in the world." Not a bad compliment! Organist ...


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