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Benjamin Koppel


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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Frank Carlberg, Karl Evangelista & Benoit Delbecq

Read "Frank Carlberg, Karl Evangelista & Benoit Delbecq" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Thelonious Monk has always been a magnet for jazz pianists. Frank Carlberg's fascination with the mysterious Monk has led to a second recording with his large ensemble. It's called Elegy For Thelonious. San Francisco guitarist Karl Evangelista is one who tends to fly under the radar, but his recent What Else Is There?, recorded in Chicago, ...


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Lina Allemano, Thomas Agergaard & Bacchanalia Orchestra

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Canadian trumpeter Lina Allemano says she started writing canons as a fun and challenging compositional game of sorts; eventually the fun and games morphed into her latest album, Canons , where she's accompanied by a varying cast of characters. On the track chosen for this show Lina is joined by trombonist Matthias Müller. Danish saxophonist Thomas ...


White Buses: Passage To Freedom

Label: Cowbell Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: Introduction / Testimonial I; The Devil Under The Skin; Testimonial II; The Woman With Her Violin; Testimonial III; I Was Terrified; Testimonial IV; Talking About Food; Testimonial V; Two Birds in a Nest; Testimonial VI; The Planes in The Sky; Testimonial VII; Rumours; Testimonial VIII; Die Dänen Raus; Testimonial IX; My Father; Testimonial X; The White Bus; Testimonial XI; The Goodbye; Testimonial XII; Potsdam; Testimonial XIII; The Welcoming pt. 1; The Welcoming pt. 2; Testimonial XIV; Awake or Dreaming; Testimonial XV; Fantastic Miracle; Testimonial XVI; The Golden Carriage.


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Benjamin Koppel: White Buses: Passage To Freedom

Read "White Buses: Passage To Freedom" reviewed by Doug Collette

If saxophonist/composer/bandleader Benjamin Koppel has proven anything over the last few years, it is that he has no trouble finding sources of inspiration for his work. Whether it is just for the sake of blowing with a redoubtable rhythm section in the form of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade on Perspective (Cowbell ...


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Benjamin Koppel & A Clean Feed Buffet

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This episode focuses on several excellent new releases from Clean Feed Records (Mia Dyberg, Ned Rothenberg, Nataniel Edelman, Mikko Innanen, Grzegorz Tarwid, Simon Nabatov, Phillip Greenlief & Mercury) and presents several pieces from Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel's White Buses Passage To Freedom. Koppel's important and stunning album is his interpretation of a World War II event ...


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Benjamin Koppel Plays Jazz with a Novelist's Narrative

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Vijay Anderson, Mike Reed, Francisco Mela & Irreversible Entanglements

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Some drummers in the spotlight in this episode: LA/New York's Vijay Anderson and his Silver Screen Quintet tackle an city problem on the new Urban Jungle Los Angeles , while Chicago's Mike Reed explores loneliness and isolation on his new The Separatist Party. Francisco Mela teams up with one of his students at Berklee, saxophonist Jonathan ...


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Chris Potter, Kait Dunton, Funkwrench Blues, Andrew Gorny & More

Read "Chris Potter, Kait Dunton, Funkwrench Blues, Andrew Gorny & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on the reissue of a seminal project bridging acid jazz and trip-hop, the soundtrack to a film without pictures, a trip east bound and down fusion lane, a great crop of guitarists deserving wider recognition, and saxophonists of well-deserved recognition.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...


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Bacharach to the Future - Part 2

Read "Bacharach to the Future - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As a young adult, Burt Bacharach used fake IDs to get into 52nd Street jazz clubs to have his mind blown by heroes of the bebop revolution like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Those early impressions could not but leave a mark in his sophisticated pop songs, seeds that would later make those very same songs ...


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