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Cortex

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Thomas Johansson (trp), 
Kristoffer Berre Alberts (sax), 
Ola Høyer (bs), 
Gard Nilssen (dr) Cortex is a spirited combo that plays energetic jazz of the finest brand. With over hundred live-performances and two studio albums, the quartet positions itself as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene. The members are amongst the most sought after young jazz performers in Norway today. They all have marked their position in several other constellations such as: Bushman’s Revenge, Puma, Team Hegdal, SAKA, Zanussi 5, Friends & Neighbors, AKODE, Honest John, and The Heat Death

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Article: Album Review

Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties: We Are Electric

Read "We Are Electric" reviewed by John Sharpe


Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado hits the jackpot with the debut by his Northern Liberties quartet. He's found gifted collaborators in the Norwegian threesome of trumpeter Thomas Johansson, drummer Gard Nilssen and bassist Jon Rune Strøm. Amado's preferred domain is muscular free jazz. It's territory he's thoroughly explored with his Motion Trio, supplemented by guests like trumpeter ...

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Article: Album Review

Cortex: Legal Tender

Read "Legal Tender" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The Norwegian quartet Cortex answers the question, what would have happened if the Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis, had advanced the jazz canon instead of looking backwards for inspiration. Remember when the two young lions burst onto the scene in the 1980s with their self-righteous mission to save jazz? They did so by stuffing it, much ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 2

Read "Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our exploration of great tunes that--for a reason or another--were concealed to great effect but also never received the attention they deserved. We'll try to remedy that focusing on ghost-tracks, and other ghostly jazz. We were supposed to select ten tunes... but there were at least thirteen more, plus a couple more ghost-related tunes. ...

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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: Radio & Podcasts

Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii

Read "Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Things get a little rockin' this time out with the powerful guitar of Raoul Bjorkenheim and a top Italian quartet digging into the music of John Coltrane. Then he's front and center in the J&F Band, a mostly Italian ensemble, led by legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and bassist Joe Fonda (and Joe sings! Who ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Angel Bat Dawid, Fay Victor, Satoko Fujii and Clean Feed Releases

Read "Angel Bat Dawid, Fay Victor, Satoko Fujii and Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Risk-taking singer Fay Victor's powerhouse new album for ESP-Disk is called We've Had Enough, but the title could easily be used on Angel Bat Dawid's latest as well. It reflects some rather shabby treatment on a recent our in Europe. Her album Live sees and Tha Brothahood in full bore. Other new releases sampled come from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joshua White, Mara Rosenbloom & Australian Art Orchestra

Read "Joshua White, Mara Rosenbloom & Australian Art Orchestra" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


It took me a while to get pianist Joshua White's album 13 Short Stories but it was worth the wait. White and his West Coast quartet are very, very good. The Australian Art Orchestra has become an institution in the Australian creative music scene. They're now directed by trumpeter and composer Peter Knight; their latest, Sometimes ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Daniel Rosenboom, Deep Ford, Dayna Stephens and More

Read "Daniel Rosenboom, Deep Ford, Dayna Stephens and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The feature artist is Los Angeles trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom who stokes the fires of outrage and concern for current politics and society on his new Absurd in the Anthropocene. There are plenty of new releases from European artists: Deep Ford, the very ambitious trio of keyboardist Benoit Delbecq, saxophonist Robin Fincker and drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq, Phronesis ...

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Article: Live Review

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley


Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine/Kombank Dvorana Belgrade, Serbia October 25-29, 2018 The 34th edition of the Belgrade Jazz Festival maintained its exciting strategy of diverse programming, from Kurt Elling to The Thing, Marc Ribot to Bobby Shew, Cortex down to The Necks. That's already an enticing blend of ...


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