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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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Michel Benita: Looking At Sounds

Read "Looking At Sounds" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Michel Benita's leader-debut with his Ethics band for ECM, 2016's River Silver, came as a welcome addition to his oeuvre and the label's catalogue, following the French bassist's earlier characteristic contributions in saxophonist Andy Sheppard's Trio Libero on Trio Libero (ECM, 2012) and Surrounded By Sea (ECM, 2015). As on the first Ethics album, 2010's self-titled ...

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Article: Album Review

Tom Ollendorff: A Song For You

Read "A Song For You" reviewed by Chris May


They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice. But sometimes it does. When it comes to new jazz guitarists of more than average talent, London has produced two in fairly rapid succession. In spring 2020, Rob Luft released his immaculate and uplifting sophomore album, Life Is The Dancer (Edition). Exactly a year later, Tom ...

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Article: Album Review

Serendip Quartet: Queen Of Fire

Read "Queen Of Fire" reviewed by Chris May


This is the second album from Belgian tenor saxophonist Arnaud Guichard's Serendip Quartet. The first, The Tale (Impeka, 2018), received a deserved four-star review on All About Jazz, and Queen Of Fire is just as good, if not better. The first album's singular intersection of Ben Webster and mild hallucinogenics is still there to be savoured, ...

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Two Contrasting Rising Stars from Norway

Read "Two Contrasting Rising Stars from Norway" reviewed by John Eyles


While it is comparatively easy to reel off the names of numerous Norwegian jazz and improv stars, such lists do not convey the breadth, depth and variety of the music that has been produced in the country in recent decades, a statement that is equally true of Norway's Scandinavian neighbours. Rather than copying musical styles from ...

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Gustav Lundgren: Live At Fasching

Read "Live At Fasching" reviewed by Chris May


If the Norway's Eivind Aarset is one side of Scandinavian fretboard virtuosity, Sweden's Gustav Lundgren is the other. Aarset works with experimentalists such as Jon Hassell and Jan Bang. Lundgren is more straight-ahead, evoking Jack Wilkins and Pat Metheny. Both guitarists, however, are lyrical players. If you enjoy the linear melodism of Lundgren's Live At Fasching, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Although it has been present in jazz since the 1920s, when it was routinely used in rhythm sections, as a solo instrument the guitar struggled to make itself heard--literally--until the second half of the 1930s, when reliable pick-ups and portable amplifiers became available. Foremost among the pioneers of the electrified instrument was Charlie Christian, a member ...

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Snow Catches on her Eyelashes

Label: Jazzland Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Purplebright; Asphalt Lake; Before the Wedding; Two Days in June; Outer Space; The Witness; Inner Sphere; Serenade; Monochrome; Night Spell.

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Trunks

Label: C+C Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Maple (for Per Oddvar); Bamboo (for Christer); Cambium (for Helge); Norway Spruce (For Mats); Heartwood (for Michael); Sapwood (for Evalill); Bark (for Eivind).

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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 3

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 3" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway December 8-11, 2020 December 8Beady Belle Beady Belle is a soul/jazz band led by vocalist Beate S. Lech. For this performance she was joined by her husband Marius Reksjø on electric bass, plus keyboardist ...


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