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Bruno Raberg: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists

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Sweden boasts a long tradition of producing notable double bassists--Georg Riedel, Palle Danielsson, Anders Jormin, Lars Danielsson, Dan Berglund and Petter Eldh all spring to mind. Bruno Råberg is another whose virtuosity and lyricism have propelled him to international renown, as a collaborator with some of jazz's most eminent names, and, since 1986, as a Professor ...

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Sarah Riedel: Living Up To Expectations

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The world of jazz is no stranger to the sound of the Swedish language. Alice Babs and Monica Zetterlund--and more recently, Rigmor Gustafsson--are just a few of the names of jazz vocalists hailing from this cold northern country that have reached the ears of US and UK audiences. Some people believe that spoken Swedish ...

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Ulf Wakenius: Confessions of A Vagabond

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Happenstance may play a role in turning dreams into reality, but anyone who's ever realized a burning ambition will appreciate just how much hard work has paved the way. Two phone calls out of the blue almost twenty years apart opened doors to Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius, that in the first case he could only have ...

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Emil Viklicky & George Mraz: Mraz & Viklicky: Together Again

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In European jazz the assimilation of folkloric influences has become commonplace as the American vernacular--or more specifically the Great American Songbook--exerts less of a hold. Czech musicians pianist Emil Viklický and bassist George Mraz's collaborations on Morava (Fantasy/Milestone 2001)--with drummer Billy Hart and singer Zuzana Lapcikova--and Moravian Gems (Cube-Métier 2007) with singer/violinist Iva Bittova and drummer ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2013

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Bray Jazz FestivalBray, County WicklowIrelandMay 3-5, 2013 For many years, the picturesque town of Bray's main claim to fame has been that it's the oldest inhabited seaside town in Ireland. That is, it was the main claim to fame until Bray local lass Katie Taylor won boxing gold at the 2012 ...

Trio Con Tromba's Treasure Trove of Previously Unreleased Recordings

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The term lagom is essential to the Swedish soul. There's no direct translation into English or any other language, but positive connotations of the word include “in balance" and “just the right amount," with the Swedish proverb Lagom är bäst translated as “Enough is as good as a feast." An aural equivalent of lagom can be ...

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Riedel / Svensson / Skokic: Perfectly Still

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Swedish Grammy-nominated vocalist Sarah Riedel has quickly established herself as an accomplished performer of lyrical jazz with indie-pop sensibilities. Her jazz roots come from her father, bassist and composer Georg Riedel, who composed for television and accompanied pianist Jan Johansson on Jazz på svenska (Megafon, 1964)--a collection of jazz arrangements of Swedish folk songs. Like her ...

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Jan Johansson: In Hamburg with Georg Riedel

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Jan JohanssonIn Hamburg with Georg RiedelACT Music2011 The small number of posthumous releases in the 42 years since the death of Swedish jazz pianist/composer Jan Johansson at the age of 37 remains something of a mystery. Johansson--who pianist Esbjorn Svensson described as being “a very, very big influence“--has ...

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, Days 4-6, September 28-30, 2011

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-8Hong Kong International Jazz FestivalHong KongSeptember 25-October 2, 2011 The 2011 Hong Kong International Jazz Festival offered up over forty groups from 24 countries--a big jump from the eight bands that made up the first edition of HKIJF in 2008. Apart from the ...


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