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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

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Musical Portrait Of Cortex

Read "A Musical Portrait Of Cortex" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova

For this new installment of our “50/50" series, we asked the members of Cortex (Thomas Johansson, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, Ola Høyer, Gard Nilssen), one of the most interesting groups in the burgeoning Norwegian jazz scene, to choose five tracks that inspired them in their music making. We then completed the selection with five other tracks taken ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Leonhart, Charles Lloyd and other great new releases

Read "Michael Leonhart, Charles Lloyd and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Gorgeous music never stops. Case in point: the spectacularly beautiful new album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra, The Painted Lady Suite, destined to become a reference record for large ensembles, and the latest release by Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, Vanished Gardens. This episode of Mondo Jazz spotlights those albums and other intriguing new ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by John Sharpe

Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen formed Acoustic Unity back in 2014 to assuage his desire to compose and lead in a pure jazz setting. The initial get together with saxophonist André Roligheten and bassist Petter Eldh was so successful that it yielded the well-received Firehouse (Clean Feed, 2015). That achievement gives rise to an audacious gambit for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music

Read "Avant-Garde Party Music" reviewed by Vic Albani

Fossero tutte così le party-band! Cortex e Clean Feed colpiscono ancora e questo nuovo e ironico Avant-Garde Party Music la dice lunga sulle prospettive dello straordinario quartetto norvegese che dà alle stampe un nuovo capitolo della loro fortunata discografia. Se qualcuno cercasse una naturale evoluzione di un moderno hard-bop che attraversando gli insegnamenti di ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music

Read "Avant-Garde Party Music" reviewed by John Sharpe

Why change a winning formula? If Norwegian crew Cortex has considered that question, then the response was likely an unconcerned shrug. Studio session Avant-Garde Party Music continues firmly in the winning vein established by Clean Feed predecessors Live! (2014) and Live In New York (2016), mashing 1960s New Thing tropes with contemporary inside/outside soloing. Trumpeter Thomas ...

Avant-Garde Party Music

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Grinder; Chaos; Waltz; (if You Where) Mac Davis; Disturbance; Obverse/Reverse; Perception; Off Course.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

And what a year it was. With all hurricanes, raging fires, and end-of-the-world politics, we were fortunate to have the magical salve that is music. Complied here are my favorite releases of this past year. I tried to pare down a long list of 50 to 10, but it was impossible. The music you see below ...


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