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Henrik Olsson

Henrik (Thor Oscar) Olsson is a swedish guitarist and composer, based in Copenhagen. He is taking the sonic expression of the electric guitar into new, unpredictable domains through unheard timbres and textures, often with the help of various preparations and unconventional playing techniques. His playing has attracted attention in different projects such as his own groups Hand of Benediction and Penumbra Ensemble, or collaborations like the improv duo Olsson/Rubin, the avantgarde/rock project The Hum, the noise-trio EHM and diverse improvisational contexts. He composed all the music for his Penumbra Ensemble, which has been very well received among critics and referred to as "a surrealist vision, a deeply personal expression of avant-garde rock, jazz, world music and poetic soundscapes" by All About Jazz

Under Overfladen

Label: Fiil Free Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Under Overfladen; Stille Undren; 12-6; Tid; Omvendtom; Largo Con Moto

Hand of Benediction

Label: Barefoot Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Aventurine; N.H.F.T.P.H.O.B.; Shocking method restores lost hair; Collect in a bowl, let the afflicted person drink; The Voynich manuscript; Hilarious moments; Black Tourmaline; Harmony; Udug; Embroider it upon black satin and say: "9s¯!(z>W!*#1&/H."

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Henrik Olsson: Hand of Benediction

Read "Hand of Benediction" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is the trio's debut recording led by cagey and inventive Swedish guitarist Henrik Olsson for a set that resides in an opaque realm, containing dabs of free jazz, punk jazz and avant-garde rock. The agile and limber trio ventures through some enigmatic musical territory via tight unison phrasings, multipart progressions, animated and linear uprisings along ...

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Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More

Read "Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch brings her 'tude and much-praised talent to her follow-up recording to Fly or Die in Fly Or Die II--Bird Dog of Paradise. Her music is even more incendiary as she turns her attention to the current state of political and social unrest in America. Also making debuts this week are the Malleus Trio ...

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Eclectic and Electric

Read "Eclectic and Electric" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz is kind of eclectic, what with music from the likes of Petter Eldh's European super group Koma Saxo taking jazz in a different direction, Reverse Winchester (rapper/poet Mike Ladd hooked up with the open tuning of guitarist Mathieu Sourisseau), a historical bit on the strange tale of Canadian drummer Claude ...

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Jon Irabagon, Charlie Parker, New Releases And Archive Picks

Read "Jon Irabagon, Charlie Parker, New Releases And Archive Picks" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A focus on the recent album from Jon Irabagon, a trio of Charlie Parker related tunes, a song in remembrance of Randy Weston and lots more... Playlist Jon Irabagon “The Demon Barber of Fleet Week" from Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irrabagast) 00:00 Randy Weston “Blues for Strayhorn" from Monterey '66 (Verve) 12:20 Wayne ...

Penumbra Ensemble

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Ba-Umf; The Geometry of Calypso; Melting Rainbow; Penumbra; Klee; Nijinsky; Summon; Melted Rainbow


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