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Article: Liner Notes

Arve Henriksen: Solidification

Read "Arve Henriksen: Solidification" reviewed by John Kelman


Constellations and the Something of Discovery Music as a chosen profession may suggest occupying the minds of its makers far beyond the 9-to-5 hours of your average job, but for some it goes further still. Transcending mere preoccupation, trumpeter Arve Henriksen seems to eat, drink, sleep and dream music, 24/7, 365 days a year. “I was ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: To Whom Who Buys A Record

Read "Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: To Whom Who Buys A Record" reviewed by Chris May


In July 2019, Gard Nilssen will be Artist-in-Residence at the prestigious, future-facing Molde Jazz Festival. It will be a busy week for the Norwegian drummer, composer and sonic adventurer. As well as guest appearances, he will perform with several of his bands--SpaceMonkey, an electronica/dance music mash-up he co-founded five years ago; Bushman's Revenge, which may be ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Espen Berg Trio: Free To Play

Read "Espen Berg Trio: Free To Play" reviewed by Chris May


If you ask a jazz fan to name the greatest piano-trio albums ever made, the probability is that their top twenty choices will include most, if not all, of the following: Erroll Garner's Concert By The Sea (Columbia, 1955), Ahmad Jamal's But Not For Me (Argo, 1958), Bill Evans's Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Riverside, 1961), ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi

Read "Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Non capita spesso di potersi confrontare con musicisti dal profondo livello culturale e dalla caratura internazionale di Alessandro Sgobbio. A pochi mesi dall'uscita di Transparence, disco d'esordio del quartetto Hitra, abbiamo avuto la fortuna di poter discutere con il pianista di origini pugliesi dei temi e delle idee all'origine dei suoi progetti passati, presenti e futuri, ...

Article: Album Review

Per Oddvar Johansen: The Quiet Cormorant

Read "The Quiet Cormorant" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Collaboratore di alcuni dei più importanti musicisti scandinavi—da Trygve Seim a Christian Wallumrød fino alla giovane Mette Henriette—il batterista norvegese Per Oddvar Johansen è qui alla guida di un trio completato dai connazionali Helge Lien al pianoforte e Torben Snekkestad alle ance, che in due brani si allarga a quartetto con l'ingresso della chitarra di Hedvig ...

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Article: Interview

Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music

Read "Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


There's a lot to be said about musical excellence in versatility when it comes to guitarist Jacob Young. The Norwegian fret-acrobat came to international prominence in the early 2000s, when ECM's Manfred Eicher detected his remarkable chops and subsequently recorded and released Young's debut Evening Falls (2004) for the prestigious German label. Two more sessions followed ...

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Article: Live Review

Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 1-2

Read "Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 1-2" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Part 1 | Part 2Trondheim Jazzfest Trondheim, Norway May 9-10, 2019 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key position in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The sourceTrondheim started the ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

Hubro: Making Room for Marginalized Music

Read "Hubro: Making Room for Marginalized Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


There are times when a record label becomes more than just a label. It becomes an embodiment of a certain period in time. In Norway, think of the German label ECM with the emergence of the so-called Nordic sound propelled by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and drummer Jon Christensen. Later, Rune Grammofon summed up a more ...

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Article: Live Review

Trondheim Jazzfest 2018

Read "Trondheim Jazzfest 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Olafshallen, Dokhuset and other venues Trondheim Jazzfest Trondheim, Norway May 8-12, 2018 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city, is the country's main center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology. It holds a key place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Luca Vitali


Double your Norwegian jazz pleasure: listen to our companion Norwegian jazz mixtape while reading this article. Far too many people talk about the Norwegian scene as being “interesting because it's so exotic." Those who think so, have in mind its “Nordic Tone," that distinctive mood which evokes snow, mountains and icy fjords. This kind ...


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