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Esbjorn Svensson

e.s.t. is a phenomenon: A jazz trio, which sees itself as a pop band that plays jazz, which broke with the tradition of leader and sidemen in favor of equality within its members, which not only plays jazz- venues but also venues usually reserved for rock bands, which uses light effects and fog-machines in their live shows, which gets a whole audience to sing-a-long with jazz-standards as eg. Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing", is a trio that goes beyond the scope of the usual classic jazz trio. Their music can be found in the pop-charts and their videos are playing on MTV Scandinavia. With their unique soundscape, combining jazz with drum 'n' bass, electronic elements, funk rhythm, and pop and rock as well as European Classical music, e.s.t

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Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2

Read "Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Although Sting is mostly known for his solo career and, before that, for fronting one of the most epic band of all times, The Police, his love for jazz has been a common thread throughout his career. His jazz sensibility became more prominent when he started his solo career with the album The Dream of the ...

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Agnar Mar Magnusson: Mór

Read "Mór" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Agnar Mar Magnusson's blend of Icelandic folk tradition with jazz is of an especially smooth sort. For his newest trio effort--the follow-up to his 2018 adventure Hending, featuring New York guitarist Lage Lund--the Icelandic pianist is not only influenced by folk melodies but actually rearranges original folk songs for trio. To top it off, the trio ...

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Rymden: Space Sailors

Read "Space Sailors" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Outer space and cosmic jazz have long been a match made beyond heaven. The latest act throwing their hat into Saturn's rings is the excellent Norwegian band Rymden, featuring keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft. The trio has clearly boned up on Sun Ra and Lonnie Liston Smith, but rockier influences are present too from the likes of Hawkwind, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Triosence: Hidden Beauty

Read "Hidden Beauty" reviewed by David Bruggink

Triosence may not yet be a household name among jazz aficionados in the United States, but since the turn of the millennium, they have become a fixture of the German jazz scene. In addition to performing internationally, they take a distinctly cosmopolitan approach to their sound. Past albums have shown the trio intermingling aromas of Asia, ...

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Mattias Risberg's Mining: Zauberberg

Read "Zauberberg" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg has teamed up with a range of well-known northern European born or based improvisers, including saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist and vocalist Jennie Abrahamson. He remains largely unknown in the U.S. but garnered well-deserved attention for And Now the Queen--A Tribute to Carla Bley (Lilalo records, 2016), a duo recording with Ljungkvist. Risberg ...

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Julius Windisch Quartet: Chaos

Read "Chaos" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius

Berlin-based pianist and composer Julius Windisch may not be a household name but he is not a newcomer either. He is a member of the psychedelic electro / jazz / improvisational duo Caesarean Moons, and in 2017 released his debut album, Drama (QFTF), recorded with his quintet. He has also been playing with other musicians on ...

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Marcin Wasilewski Trio - Joe Lovano: Arctic Riff

Read "Arctic Riff" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Marcin Wasilewski Trio has been reliably consistent in their twenty-five years together. Still in their teens when they recorded their debut, Komeda (GOWI Records, 1995), the Polish trio—then known as The Simple Acoustic Trio—came to the attention of their country's iconic trumpeter Tomasz Stanko who signed them on to complete his quartet. They appeared together ...

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Lina Nyberg: The Clouds

Read "The Clouds" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In a career spanning almost three decades--her first release, Close (Prophone), with Esbjörn Svensson, dates from 1993-- vocalist, composer and arranger Lina Nyberg has worked with many of the finest musicians in the Swedish jazz scene to create a truly formidable body of work. Nineteen albums later, her creativity shows no signs of abating. In fact, ...

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Francesco Branciamore: Aspiciens Pulchritudinem

Read "Aspiciens Pulchritudinem" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Più noto e affermato come interprete della batteria, strumento con il quale vanta collaborazioni internazionali importanti e numerosi album, Francesco Branciamore si presenta qui con un lavoro in solitudine al pianoforte, interamente basato su proprie composizioni.Si tratta di un lavoro estremamente breve, poco più di venti minuti, così come brevi sono i nove brani ...


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