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Gard Nilssen

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Gard Nilssen is a drummer, composer, producer and bandleader from Norway that lives in Oslo. He is one of the most sought after and active drummers on the european jazz scene these days, traveling 200 days a year all around the world with his own bands like Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity, Bushman´s Revenge, sPacemonKey, Amgala Temple, Ruby and Gard Nilssen Supersonic Orchestra. Born and raised in a musical family consisting of nothing but drummers, there were no big surprise that the instrument of choice became the drums. Gard has his background from marching bands and big bands in his hometown Skien

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Article: Radio

Nate Wooley, UMO, Alban Darche & Chick Corea

Read "Nate Wooley, UMO, Alban Darche & Chick Corea" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This show has a tribute to the great Chick Corea and new releases from here and there: Finland's UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, France's Le Gros Cube led by saxophonist Alban Darche, Australian's Alister Spence Trio augmented by guitarist Ed Kuepper, Canada's See Through 4, another guitarist Jörg Schippa from Germany, and Nate Wooley's Mutual Aid Music. ...

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Article: Radio

Gard Nilssen, Sam Rivers, Laura Toxvaerd & Dan Blake

Read "Gard Nilssen, Sam Rivers, Laura Toxvaerd & Dan Blake" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Drummers sparkle in the first hour of this edition of OMJ--Norway's Gard Nilssen with his Supersonic Orchestra, free jazz veteran Abbey Rader, and the iconoclastic RaKalam Bob Moses--plus a long track from some newly released music from the private stash of Sam Rivers. The second hour is a mix of styles, even including some blues from ...

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Article: Radio

Ron Miles, Antônio Neves, Gard Nilssen, Mauro Ottolini & More New Releases

Read "Ron Miles, Antônio Neves, Gard Nilssen, Mauro Ottolini & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


You feel like you need a shot of energy because you've been at home too long, or you dream about traveling around the world but you're stuck in lock-down mode. Or maybe you feel curious about the ways in which jazz can advocate environmental or social causes. Or you're simply curious about new and exciting jazz ...

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Legal Tender

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Anthem For The Uneasy; Standby; GTM; I-95; 10-4; Blue Gromka; Loose Blues.

Album

If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours

Label: Odin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Premium Processing Fee; Botteknott/Elastic Circle; Teppen Dance; The City of Roses; Jack; Bytta Bort Kua Fikk Fela Igjen.

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Article: Year in Review

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Troy Dostert


2020 will be remembered as a year of resilience. And surely a part of that story will be the fortitude displayed by musicians of all stripes, who have endeavored creatively to manage the challenges of a hollowed-out economy and a global pandemic with innovative business platforms and novel approaches to recording and content delivery. The jazz ...

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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 6-17, 2020 With the physical 2020 festival cancelled, the Big Ears Festival has turned its attention to broadcasting filmed and live streamed concerts, under the moniker “Sites & Sounds From Big Ears." ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May


It would be hard if not impossible to compile an Afrobeat Top Ten which was not wholly made up of Fela Anikulapo Kuti albums. Such was Kuti's centrality in the creation and development of Afrobeat, such was the productivity of his recording career--his catalogue totals more than fifty albums, not counting reissues and compilations--and such was ...


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