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Humcrush is chock-full of astonishingly vigorous interplay at the same time as it assimilates the influence of Oriental theatre music, techno, krautrock and free jazz in a whirlwind processional that's much more than the sum of its parts.

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Michael Leonhart, Charles Lloyd and other great new releases

Read "Michael Leonhart, Charles Lloyd and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Gorgeous music never stops. Case in point: the spectacularly beautiful new album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra, The Painted Lady Suite, destined to become a reference record for large ensembles, and the latest release by Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, Vanished Gardens. This episode of Mondo Jazz spotlights those albums and other intriguing new ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Thomas Strønen: Sense of Time

Read "Thomas Strønen: Sense of Time" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Time Is a Blind Guide, the ensemble led by Norwegian drummer and composer Thomas Stronen, has just released its sophomore record Lucus (ECM), three years after its eponymous debut album. With Ayumi Tanaka on piano, Håkon Aase on violin, Lucy Railton on cello and Ole Morten Vågan on double bass, Strønen has built a chamber-like ensemble ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Il senso del tempo di Thomas Strønen

Read "Il senso del tempo di Thomas Strønen" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Dopo l'omonimo disco del 2015, l'ensemble Time Is a Blind Guide guidata dal batterista e compositore norvegese Thomas Stronen pubblica in questi giorni un nuovo, bellissimo, lavoro, Lucus. Con Strønen troviamo Ayumi Tanaka al pianoforte, Håkon Aase al violino, Lucy Railton al violoncello e Ole Morten Vågan al contrabbasso, un assetto decisamente “cameristico," ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 22 -July 3, 2016 It's hard to believe, with seasons that move quickly from spring into summer, that it was time, once again, for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival has grown from a weekend event into a full-blown, ...

Thomas Stronen: Time Is A Blind Guide

Read "Thomas Stronen: Time Is A Blind Guide" reviewed by John Kelman

Over the past couple of decades, Thomas Strønen has become, perhaps, best-known for his unfettered improvisational forays in electro-centric contexts: sometimes freewheeling and frenetic, as in Humcrush, the drummer/percussionist/electronics wizard's hardcore duo with his similarly inclined Norwegian partner, keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (and occasional guest, singer Sidsel Endresen); other times more spaciously ambient in the atmospheric Anglo/Norwegian ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Erik Honore: Heliographs

Read "Erik Honore: Heliographs" reviewed by John Kelman

If patience is a virtue, then Erik Honoré is, indeed, one virtuous man. Over the past few decades he's built a busy career as a novelist and record producer in his home country of Norway, and has come to increasing international attention as co-Artistic Director of the Punkt Live Remix festival--that globe-trotting festival with a philosophy ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Molde International Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Molde International Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

Molde International Jazz Festival Molde, Norway July 15-20, 2013It may have been his last year as festival director, but Jan Ole Otnæs sure went out on a high, not just because his programming was as impeccable as ever, but because he made it a year with a very specific philosophy. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Thomas Stronen's Time is a Blind Guide & Elephant9: Oslo, Norway, March 20-21, 2013

Read "Thomas Stronen's Time is a Blind Guide & Elephant9: Oslo, Norway, March 20-21, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

When you've got some time to kill between two festivals--in this case, Burghausen, Germany's B-Jazz Festival and Vossa Jazz in Voss, Norway, the following weekend--there are few better places to do it than Oslo, a city that supports live music better than most cities in the world, with the possible exception of New York. Oslo's residents ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mats Eilertsen Trio: Sails Set

Read "Sails Set" reviewed by John Kelman

Sophomore recordings can be a challenge, especially if the debut is a winner. Slowly but surely, Mats Eilertsen has been building up his own discography as a leader, and starting to rival the Norwegian bassist's larger group of recordings as a sideman/guest. SkyDive (Hubro, 2012) expanded on Radio Yonder (Hubro, 2009) by turning an already superb ...


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