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Benjamin Koppel

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Benjamin Koppel, Danish saxophonist and composer, is one of the most award-winning musicians of his generation, known for his versatility and virtuosity. Koppel’s musical background is deeply rooted in his family and can be as well compared to the musical heritage from the famous Jacksons 5 or even the world known Bach family from Germany. He is the grandson of famous Danish classic composer Herman D. Koppel, and the son of musician and composer Anders Koppel, who had a great success worldwide with the band Savage Rose and is well known for being the greatest Danish beat musician of his generation

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Mulberry Street Symphony

Label: Cowbell Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Stranded in the Strange City; Minding the Baby; Tommy The Shoeshine Boy; Blind Man; The Last Mulberry; Bandits' Roost; The New House; Encore: Puerto Rican Rumble.

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

August 2022: Higher Ground

Read "August 2022: Higher Ground" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


DO'A Higher Grounds Outside In Music 2022 Polymath composer, guitarist and pianist, DO'A, possesses an embarrassment of talent equal only to the smoky and concealed mystery surrounding her and her provocative moniker. Her voice is deeply alto: dusky, rich, and indulgent, like dark chocolate, full of crepuscular secrets and seductive ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few Of My Favorite 2022 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 2

Read "A Few Of My Favorite 2022 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Here are some of the tunes that we have loved the most during these first six months of the year. Surely there are tens more of equal value, but this is not a scientific exercise... rather, since jazz is all about living in the moment, we made our selections based on the strong, and lasting, impression ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stravisnky, Satie, Purcell for Jazzheads + Symphonic jazz

Read "Stravisnky, Satie, Purcell for Jazzheads + Symphonic jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Spurred by a number of recent albums, this week's edition of Mondo Jazz focuses on projects that blur the lines between jazz music and classical music. This segment's playlist features inspired and open interpretations of works by Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie, Henry Purcell as well as recent jazz compositions that are rooted in the classical canon. ...

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Article: Album Review

Anders Koppel: Mulberry Street Symphony

Read "Mulberry Street Symphony" reviewed by Doug Collette


A father-son collaboration at its most sublime, Mulberry Street Symphony is a natural and logical extension of saxophonist/composer Benjamin Koppel's eclectic sets of funk and free improvisation The Ultimate Soul & Jazz Revue (Cowbell Music, 2020) and The Art of the Quartet (Cowbell Music, 2020). The prolific Dane wisely aligns himself here with redoubtable counterparts in ...

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Article: Album Review

Benjamin Koppel: The Ultimate Soul & Jazz Revue

Read "The Ultimate Soul & Jazz Revue" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Listen to music long enough, and it's almost bound to happen: You're not sure exactly what you want to listen to, but you know that whatever you listen to needs must bump and groove. The Ultimate Soul & Jazz Revue, an anthology of American jazz, soul and R&B recorded live at a Copenhagen music festival by ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Marbin, Kari Ikonen & More New Releases

Read "Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Marbin, Kari Ikonen & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two tenor titans are at the heart of this week's show, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano involved in several projects as leaders or co-leaders. Two emerging pianists, Kari Ikonen and Francesco Orio share interesting perspectives on the use of their instrument. For the rest, we'll go from the shreddin' energy of Marbin to the jazz take ...

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Article: Interview

Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat

Read "Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Benjamin Koppel is an extraordinary Danish musician from an illustrious music family. He is all about music—of just about any kind. He's always absorbing it, discovering what there is to derive from it. A kind of restless desire to explore envelops him. He simplifies it in his own words: he's curious. It comes naturally to him. ...

Album

The Ultimate Soul & Jazz Revue

Label: Unit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Them Changes; Manteca; Hammond Street; Move On Up; Feel the Bern; Respect; Con Alma and Sax; Groove Me; Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing; Close To You; Sing a Simple Song.


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