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Nick Rousseau

Nicholas Rousseau is a Brooklyn based guitarist, composer, educator, and mixing engineer. As he found out in his teenage years, he has a passion for music and has since pursued multiple pathways and disciplines within the field. As a guitarist and composer he seeks to bring thought provoking and emotionally compelling music to whomever he gets the pleasure of sharing with. Influenced by musicians from Wayne Shorter to Shai Maestro, The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters to Circa Survive, he attempts to utilize every part of his musical upbringing and style into his compositions and improvisations

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l'Oumigmag

l'Oumigmag is first and foremost the "musk ox" in Inuktitut langage, a distant and mysterious animal that lives on the edge of reality near the Arctic Circle. It also is the promising jazz and avant-folk sextet from Canada, led by composer and guitarist Sébastien Sauvageau.Their research: to be inhabited by the strong force of the Oumigmag. A force that lies between contemplation and spontaneous gesture. Their unique blend of local traditional music with contemporary jazz and modern classical timbre plays make them one of Québec’s (CA) most innovative and refined ensemble. Their latest double-album and show Habitant (2019) was highly acclaimed by both critics and public

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Johannes Gammelgaard Lauritsen

Johannes Gammelgaard Lauritsen was born in Aalborg, Denmark, and grew up in a home with both piano, guitar and several flutes. He showed interest in music early on and started to play the saxophone at age 10. In 3rd grade he joined the school bigband with which he travelled to play in Germany and twice in the USA. This made a great impact on him, and he decided to continue to study music. At 10th grade he attended a boarding school focusing solely on music. Here he started his first jazz quartet with which he played for several years and won a number of music competitions for young bands. After high school, which he finished simultaneously with a 3-year pre-academic course in music, he took a year off to play and work

Folk Jazz

Label: Fantasy Jazz
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. A-Roving 2. Greensleeves 3. Nobdy Knows the Trouble I've Seen 4. John Henry 5. Wayfaring Stranger 6. Three Blind Mice 7. Go Down, Moses 8. Blow the Man Down 9. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair 10. Reuben, Reuben 11. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen [Alternate Take 1] 12. Reuben, Reuben [Alternate Take 14].

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Bill Smith: Folk Jazz

Read "Folk Jazz" reviewed by David Rickert

Those few who recognize Bill Smith probably remember the recordings he made with the Dave Brubeck quartet replacing Paul Desmond in the horn chair (and fewer still have probably actually heard these recordings.) Yet the presence of West Coast luminaries like Jim Hall, Monty Budwig, and Shelley Manne certainly offers the possibility of a little-heard West ...


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