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Ekdahl / Bagge Big Band: New Thing

Read "New Thing" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's always exciting and pleasurable to welcome a new member into the jazz world's ever-shrinking big-band fraternity--especially one as sharp and energetic as this. The tasteful and impressive Ekdahl / Bagge Big Band--from Stockholm, Sweden, no less--takes its name from those of its co-leaders, drummer Per Ekdahl and pianist Carl Bagge who composed and / or ...

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Christine Jensen/Maggi Olin: Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band Live

Read "Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band Live" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The engaging and inventive Transatlantic Conversations: 11 Piece Band is the result of a remarkable collaboration between Swedish pianist Maggie Olin and Canadian saxophonist Christine Jensen. What is exceptional about this Olin/Jensen pairing is the complementary nature of their singular musical visions. This is reflected in shared thematic structure and the creative spirit of the originals ...

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Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Today

Read "Today" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before proceeding, three cheers and a hearty round of applause are in order, as Today, the fifteenth album recorded by the impressive Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, helps mark the thirtieth anniversary of one of Scandinavia's most celebrated big bands. This truly is an ensemble with no discernible weaknesses: sharp soloists in almost every chair, a remarkable adeptness ...

Trio Colossus

Label: pb7
Released: 2013
Track listing: It Ain't Necessarily So; Wild Mustang; Sunset and the Mockingbird; Trapped; Psalm; Blues In Blueprint; Börja Om Från Början; Solitude; Trio Colossus.

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LSD: Trio Colossus

Read "Trio Colossus" reviewed by Greg Simmons

The detective is hunched over the bar, alone in a dark smoky dive by the waterfront. A blond saunters in, backlit through the gloom by the neon beer light.“Don't you remember me?" she asks.“Why no," he mumbles, “I've got a metal plate in my head and I drink too much vodka."

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Jukkis Uotila / Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Jukkis Uotila

Read "The Music of Jukkis Uotila" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The Music of Jukkis Uotila presents an exciting array of modern big band arrangements performed by The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra (SJO), with compositions provided by SJO's drummer and occasional pianist, Jukkis Uotila. For over twenty-five years, the SJO has been at the forefront of big band music, proving that it's possible to explore innovation while remaining ...

Trio Colossus

Label: pb7
Released: 2012
Track listing: It Ain't Necessarily So; Wild Mustang; Sunset and the Mockingbird; Trapped; Psalm; Blues In Blueprint; Börja Om Från Början; Solitude; Trio Colossus.

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LSD: Trio Colossus

Read "Trio Colossus" reviewed by James Pearse

The stark, somewhat austere cover art of Trio Colossus, from Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Lindborg's LSD trio, belies the warm, rich music it houses.The sultry opening bars of “It Ain't Necessarily So" set the mood for this impressive recording, which features four Lindborg originals and carefully chosen pieces by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Swedish ...

The General

Label: Imogena
Released: 2006
Track listing: Struttin' in the Wind; Hoover; Needle Valse; Coming Back; Miss Rumba Queen; The General; Left Behind; Two of a Kind; The Brothel; Blues Business; Deep Down; Waltzin' Four; For Samuel.


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