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Atomic comes this close to being a Scandinavian free jazz supergroup. It allies the top line of Fire House and the Fredrik Noren Band (trumpeter Magnus Broo and saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist) and the rhythm section from Element (pianist Havard Wiik), bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. Formed in reaction to the ECM-style of modern jazz that came to equal "Scandinavian jazz" in the minds of music fans worldwide, the group proposes a modernized take on power jazz, drawing from American Fire Music (Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman) and '60s European free improv (Peter Brötzmann's Machine Gun).

Broo and Ljungkvist had been performing together in Stockholm (Sweden) since the mid-'90s

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rodrigo Amado, Pepa Paivinen & Luca Perciballi

Read "Rodrigo Amado, Pepa Paivinen & Luca Perciballi" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's a distinct European flavour to this episode of One Man's Jazz. Powerhouse Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado snagged three of Norway's top improvisers Thomas Johansson, Jon Rune Strøm and Gard Nilssen) to form a new band he calls Northern Liberties, and the quartet does exactly that on the new We Are Electric. Also in this playlist ...

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Pet Variations

Label: Odin Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Pet Variations/Pet Sounds; Art; Walking Woman; Un Grand Sommeil Noir; Cry Want; Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus; Inri; Karin’s Mode.

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Article: Album Review

Rob Mazurek: Desert Encrypts Vol. 1

Read "Desert Encrypts Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


It was twenty-five years ago, in 1994, that Rob Mazurek first emerged with Man Facing East (Hep Jazz), a quartet recording solidly positioned in the post/hard bop style. Even in the interpretations of standards, there were clues that the cornetist/composer was a restless soul. In the intervening years, Mazurek has rapidly charted his own dissident destiny ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gregor Huebner, Alexandra Grimal and a focus on Anna Webber

Read "Gregor Huebner, Alexandra Grimal and a focus on Anna Webber" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Stunning new Cuban Jazz with a political message from Gregor Huebner, exciting new sounds from Alexandra Grimal and a focus on the work of Anna Webber dominate a show of mixed styles and emotions. Playlist Gregor Huebner “Equinox" from El Violin Latino Vol. 3 : Los Soñadores (Zoho) 00:00 Alexandra Grimal “Meltemi" from ...

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Article: Album Review

Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by John Eyles


Formed in the spring of 2000, Scandinavian “supergroup" Atomic recorded and released their first album Feet Music (Jazzland) in 2001. The years since have been remarkably stable for the quintet; they have produced albums at an impressive rate of about a disc a year, including two collaborations with Ken Vandermark's School Days group. The only change ...

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Article: Album Review

Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Sentirli e vederli dal vivo è un'esperienza auspicabile e appagante, il palco è la dimensione ideale per rimandare all'ascoltatore tutta l'energia della loro musica, una miscela esplosiva di free jazz, avanguardia, funky, tradizione europea. Stiamo parlando degli Atomic tra i primi a ribellarsi alle sonorità di un jazz scandinavo marchiato ECM e diventati nel corso degli ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast! Part 2

Read "2019 Starts with a Jazz Blast! Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Last week we dived deep in some of the best new releases of 2019. Two hours were not enough so this week we continue our quest for fascinating new jazz out there... and we'll branch out a bit going into releases that came out at the end of 2018 as well. Many of the albums we're ...

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Article: Album Review

Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The Scandinavian supergroup Atomic has always pushed back against “tradition," be it the customary sound of Nordic jazz or--maybe more importantly--what most believe to be the avant-garde. Each member has a thriving career outside the quintet: bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten with The Young Mothers, The Thing, Rempis Percussion Quartet, and his own trio and quartets, drummer ...

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Article: Album Review

Anders Lønne Grønseth: Multiverse

Read "Multiverse" reviewed by Chris May


Ever since Jan Garbarek put Norwegian jazz on the map, and especially so after the international success of his rigorously ascetic Officium (ECM) in 1994, the music has acquired a reputation for being not entirely passionless, but emotionally withdrawn. The “Scandinavian sound" which Garbarek championed was conceived in collaboration with ECM label founder Manfred Eicher as ...


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