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Eivind Aarset

Eivind Aarset is a guitarist with a unique musical vision that absorbs and reflects all manner of music while retaining an enviable individualism and high quality craftsmanship that can span from quiet intimacy to searing intensity. His debut as a bandleader on Jazzland Recordings was described by the New York Times as "One of the best post-Miles electric jazz albums," setting a high benchmark that Aarset has consistently met and exceeded, both in the studio and in live performance. As one of Norway's most in-demand guitarists, Eivind Aarset has worked with Jon Hassell, David Sylvian, Bill Laswell, Jan Garbarek, Paolo Fresu, Marilyn Mazur, J.Peter Schwalm, Mike Manieri, Marc Ducret, Michel Benitas Ethics, Martux-M, Stefano Battaglia, Michele Rabbia, Talvin Singh, and Andy Sheppard

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Article: Album Review

Erland Dahlen: Raccoons

Read "Raccoons" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


In the ever-expansive landscape of contemporary music, where genres seamlessly merge and boundaries dissolve, Erland Dahlen stands out as a nouveau explorer. His fifth release serves as a testament to the Norwegian musician's exceptional artistry and his fearless foray into uncharted musical territories. Dahlen's collaborative efforts have spanned across the Norwegian and international music ...

Article: Live Review

Eivind Aarset e Jan Bang al Roma Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Eivind Aarset e Jan Bang al Roma Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang Roma Jazz Festival 2023 Teatro Studio, Parco della Musica Roma 12.11.2023 Il chitarrista norvegese Eivind Aarset dopo una iniziale gavetta si è fatto notare dal grosso pubblico verso la fine degli anni '90, con la partecipazione a due album pubblicati da ECM, Small Labyrinths del ...

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023

Read "Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Chris May


Another great year for recorded jazz. Fourteen of 2023's most special albums are presented here. Eight are new recordings and six are reissues or previously unreleased archive items. Joint Number One Best New Albums Of 2023 Irreversible Entanglements Protect Your Light Impulse! There are two contendors for the slam-dunk ...

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Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz albums since 1969: 2006-2009

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz albums since 1969: 2006-2009" reviewed by Robert Middleton


If there were one word to describe these six thrilling albums, it would be “atmospheric." Each of them settles into its own unique and memorable soundscape. Stylistically, they are all very different, but if you listen closely to them, you'll quickly grasp their musical and emotional messages. They'll transport you to their rarefied worlds with their ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jaimie Branch: 7 Steps To Heaven

Read "Jaimie Branch: 7 Steps To Heaven" reviewed by Chris May


Following the 2024 re-election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and his subsequent ratification as President-for-Life, the US Constitution was suspended. Jaimie Branch, who had passed in 2022, was one of many musicians, film makers, writers and visual artists whose work, no longer protected by the First Amendment, was declared Un-American and its ...

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Article: Album Review

Samir Bohringer Quartet: Meta Zero

Read "Meta Zero" reviewed by Chris May


The Ezz-thetics label's sleeve-design grid and its orange and black colourway is as recognisable a piece of branding as were Reid Miles' sleeves for Blue Note in the 1950s and 1960s (or indeed Impulse!'s orange and black LP spines a little later). It is also a similarly copper-bottomed guarantee of quality. Ezz-thetics does not, of course, ...

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Article: Live Review

French Showcase at the 2023 European Jazz Conference

Read "French Showcase at the 2023 European Jazz Conference" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli


Palais du Pharo/Théâtre La Criée European Jazz Conference Showcases Marseille, France September 14-17, 2023 The showcase program of the 9th European Jazz Conference (see separate article) was inaugurated in the comfortable Auditorium of the Palais du Pharo--the main venue of the conference--by the Orchid Big Band. Born inside the musical collective ...

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Article: Album Review

Rob Luft: Dahab Days

Read "Dahab Days" reviewed by Chris May


In an interview with AAJ in 2020, Rob Luft was asked to name six all-time favourite albums. Number one on his list was Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset's Dream Logic (ECM, 2012), a duo project with electronicist Jan Bang. Said Luft: “It's an album that really sounds like dreams, it's wonderful how it floats for forty-five, fifty ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2023

Read "Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2023" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Esaminare il curriculum di Michiyo Yagi significa inoltrarsi in un fittissimo reticolo di collaborazioni stilisticamente trasversali e tutte di alto livello. E rendersi conto della serietà del suo lavoro e della considerazione in cui è tenuta nel mondo, dall'ambito accademico fino a quello pop. C'è voluto il festival di Saalfelden per organizzare un invito ufficiale nei ...


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