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Article: Interview

Michael A. Levy: From Piano to iPad

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It is a common perception that artists do their most innovative work when they are young and then gradually lose the spark of innovation in favor of a refinement of an already established artistic expression. There are, however, many artists who remain curious all their life and never stop being interested in the interplay between emerging ...

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Article: Interview

Cheryl Richards: Another Spring, Another Song

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It can be hard to find new things to say in old songs, but after many years of singing the standards, some singers are still able to discover the secret of a song. Cheryl Richards is a shining example of a singer who has been able to prove the relevance of the standards for a modern ...

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Article: Live Review

Aarhus Jazz Festival 2022

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Aarhus Jazz Festival Various Venues Aarhus, Denmark July 9-16, 2022 With around 283,000 citizens, jny: Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark, and the role of playing second fiddle doesn't suit a city that tends to be overshadowed by its big brother, the capital jny: Copenhagen. Or so you would think. ...

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Article: Interview

Jakob Sørensen: A New Path for the Nordic Sound

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For a long time, jny: Copenhagen has been considered the jazz capital of Denmark and the myth of the storied Montmartre club has continued to flourish while the ILK collective has kept the avant-garde spirit alive. But Copenhagen isn't the only place in Denmark where musical scenes can thrive. For some time, jny: Aarhus has manifested ...

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Article: Profile

Barbara Carroll: Barbara’s Piano

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Every record is a moment in time, but also a musical portrait of the artist who creates it. When Barbara Carroll released the Verve album, Barbara, in 1958, it would mark a watershed moment in her personal and musical life. Her husband and close collaborator, bassist Joe Shulman, died of a heart attack the same year ...

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Article: Profile

Hazel Scott: Swing and Silence

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Ahmad Jamal is often credited with creating a new spacious sound in jazz. He had a tingling sense of touch on the piano that let each note ring profoundly and famously inspired Miles Davis to explore the effects of silence and space. It was a sound equally admired and belittled as cocktail jazz because of its ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: The Harry Smith B-Sides

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An anthology of music is a mirror of the world. It says something about a specific time, a place, a genre, a label, or the life story of an artist. But in a few rare cases, an anthology can also help shape a musical landscape. In that sense, it becomes a musical map that not only ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music

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Every audio medium has its champions from CD oldies to tape hipsters and lossless purists, but those who like to play big discs with a needle instead of a laser should not be lumped into such a vulgar category as vinyl revivalists. It's both a question of material and size, and true afficionados prefer the fragile ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Art of ILK

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Formed in 2007, ILK (an abbreviation of Independent Label of København) is an artist-run label based in Copenhagen, encompassing a collective of 21 adventurous musicians. They started out as the young rebels of the Danish jazz scene but have become the established pioneers of the new Danish avantgarde. If you think of the avantgarde as an ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

In the Heart of Nature: Køs and Mare Berger

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Human beings have always tried to figure out their relationship with nature. We look at nature from a distance, but we are also a part of it. We dream of wild nature in the city and seek the answers to the future in the past. The dream of unspoiled nature keeps popping up as a pre-industrialized ...


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