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Jon Hassell: Words with the Shaman

Read "Jon Hassell: Words with the Shaman" reviewed by Chris May

Jon Hassell is best known as the creator of Fourth World music, an acoustic-electronic blend of jazz, minimalism, drone, ambient, traditional African and Asian instruments and harmolodic signatures. Hassell has defined Fourth World as “serious music with transcultural appeal and a smile." He unveiled the concept on his debut album, Vernal Equinox (Lovely Records), in 1977. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mathias Eick: Ravensburg

Read "Ravensburg" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On his previous ECM release, Midwest (2015), trumpeter and composer, Mathias Eick plotted the course of his Norwegian ancestors to the heartland of America. Drawn from his own travels as well, Eick applies personal experiences and family lore once again on Ravensburg, named for the German town of his grandmother. Here the journey is closer to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Signe Bisgaard: Meander

Read "Meander" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

A big ensemble often equals a big sound, but sometimes it is more interesting to think about the potential of sound rather than the idea of using all instruments at once. The Danish composer and pianist, Signe Bisgaard, thinks about the potential of sound on her album Meander. She does not use all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mathias Eick: Midwest

Read "Midwest" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The northern tier of mid-western America had been a strong draw for Norwegians from the late 1800s into the twentieth-century. Trumpeter and composer, Mathias Eick, in making his own recent journey from Norway to the heartland, discovered a cultural heritage and a familiarity that moved him to set the experience to music. Like Norsemen since the ...

Mathias Eick: Midwest

Read "Mathias Eick: Midwest" reviewed by John Kelman

Having first emerged on ECM Records, garnering significant attention for his work with fellow Norwegian, guitarist Jacob Young (2004's Evening Falls), and Finish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla (2006's Northbound), it seemed only a matter of time before trumpeter Mathias Eick would get the opportunity to start releasing albums of his own for the label. But if the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mathias Eick: Midwest

Read "Midwest" reviewed by Vic Albani

Il viaggio è sempre un valido aiuto alla creatività. Mathias Eick, ormai da molti anni riconosciuto quale uno delle più interessanti menti musicali della new wave jazzistica norvegese, è nato a fine giugno del 1979 in un piccolo borgo rurale ed è forse per questo che, attraversando il celebrato Midwest americano a margine di ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2012

Read "John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Another tremendous year of travel, to find music in whatever nook and cranny it's hiding. From South Africa to Sweden, from Norway to the Netherlands, and from Germany to home base in Ottawa, Canada, it seemed as though there was an endless supply of great music to see--and even more that sadly had to be skipped. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

All About Jazz Presents at Kongsberg Jazzfestival: Kongsberg, Norway, July 5-6, 2012

Read "All About Jazz Presents at Kongsberg Jazzfestival: Kongsberg, Norway, July 5-6, 2012" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Kongsberg Jazz FestivalAll About Jazz Presents: Doing It NorwayKongsberg, NorwayJuly 5-6, 2012 Kongsberg is a small town in Buskerud with about 24,000 inhabitant, situated s 55 miles west of Oslo, the nation's capital. Founded in 1624, after silver was discovered in the hills, the Danish-Norwegian king recruited German miners from the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

On February 1, 2012, Norway's Kongsberg Jazz Festival unveiled its first series of shows scheduled for the 2012 edition, running from July 4-7, 2012: a total of fourteen shows—seven of them detailed in this press release. AAJ is pleased to announce the lineup for its All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway festival-within-a-festival, following last fall's ...


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