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Eivind Opsvik

Born in Oslo, bassist and composer Eivind Opsvik was introduced to music at home. His father loved to play the saxophone and constantly spun records—everything from Ornette Coleman to Billie Holiday and The Beatles. An early memory features Eivind on drums, jamming out “A Hard Day’s Night” with his father. Later, a denim-clad rocker cousin lent him a bass guitar and the newfound ability of adding pitch to rhythm was a revelation. Opsvik spent the rest of his teens getting to know this instrument, as well as the double bass, while also experimenting with a 4-track tape recorder and pouring music into his head. At the age of twenty, Opsvik began studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music, focusing on classical bass

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Brandon Seabrook

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Brandon Seabrook" reviewed by Martin Longley


Brandon Seabrook cultivates a forked assault on the guitar and the banjo, amplifying both of them, and negotiating their strings at high speeds, filling his playing with hyper-detailed improvisations, or constructing complex compositional strategies, frequently referred to as 'riffs.' Seabrook has long been a crucial presence on the New York City scene, whether leading his own ...

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Article: Liner Notes

David Binney: Barefooted Town

Read "David Binney: Barefooted Town" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Continuing Saga of the Strong Seeker I remember distinctly during the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival, sifting through and measuring up the usual blur of stimuli, seeking out the prizes among prizes in the program. In one corner, there was Wayne Shorter, in the finest of his performance I'd ever heard—playing up his suits as composer and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dan Weiss Trio, Tyshawn Sorey, Lakecia Benjamin & BMC Records releases

Read "Dan Weiss Trio, Tyshawn Sorey, Lakecia Benjamin & BMC Records releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Dedication, from drummer Dan Weiss with his longtime trio mates, bassist Thomas Morgan and pianist Jacob Sacks, leads several new releases in this episode of One Man's Jazz. Other new albums of note come from saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, drummer Tyshawn Sorey and trio with guest Greg Osby, veteran ECM bassist Arild Andersen, Dave Douglas, saxophonist Stephen ...

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Article: Album Review

Flin van Hemmen: You Can Know Where The Bombs Fell

Read "You Can Know Where The Bombs Fell" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The Dutch-born guitarist turned drummer turned pianist turned studio sound engineer Flin van Hemmen follows Casting Spells & The Coves (Neither/nor Records, 2019) with You Can Know Where The Bombs Fell, another artifact of his post production and processing of recorded sound. He makes use of samples from the Casting Spells sessions, but unlike that release, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell and SPIME 2019

Read "Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell and SPIME 2019" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Everyone's favourite drummer Dan Weiss created quite a stir with the debut album of his band Starebaby. That ball keeps rolling with their sophomore release, Natural Selection. And what else could you expect from a band with Matt Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Ben Monder and Trevor Dunn? The album rocks! Friend and mentor become playing partners on ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Roots Magic, Audio Cave Artists & Alan Braufman

Read "Roots Magic, Audio Cave Artists & Alan Braufman" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A new release by the Italian Quartet Roots Magic is always welcome. Their contemporary and improvisatory approach to old blues tunes and the way they always put their own touch on the music of avant-garde jazz composers is kind of unique on the European scene. Take Root Among the Stars, out on Clean Feed, should be ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Alan Braufman, Anteloper & Owl Xounds Exploding Galazy

Read "Alan Braufman, Anteloper & Owl Xounds Exploding Galazy" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


It's baseball season—sort of—so I guess you could say this episode of OMJ touches a lot of bases. The NY underground scene gets explored a bit via 70's Loft pioneer Alan Braufman who has a new release, while more recent practitioners of the outside get sampled—Owl Xounds Exploding Galaxy and Scurvy. Today's Jaimie Branch is here ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Camila Nebbia, Jeff Cosgrove, Vijay Anderson and More

Read "Camila Nebbia, Jeff Cosgrove, Vijay Anderson and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode has a definite focus on the progressive improvisation scene in Buenos Aires, with much of the music centering on the talented tenor player, Camila Nebbia. You'll hear music from several groups where Nebbia is a featured voice. Also debuting this week, drummer Jeff Cosgrove--still in trio mode--but this time without William Parker playing bass; ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Whit Dickey, Sara Serpa & Stanley J. Zappa

Read "Whit Dickey, Sara Serpa & Stanley J. Zappa" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This first July show features the debut of a new record label with a focus on improvisation: Tau Forms. The artistic director is drummer Whit Dickey, and it happens that his new Expanded Light is one of first two releases by the label; the other comes from pianist Matthew Shipp. Good luck to Tao Forms! I ...


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