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Jan Johansson was a Swedish jazz pianist. He is little known outside Scandinavia, and his records are not widely available, though Jazz pa svenska (Jazz in Swedish) has sold more than a quarter of a million copies, and is the best selling jazz release ever in Sweden. Johansson was a native of Soderhamn, in the Halsingland province of Sweden. Studying classical piano as a child, he would also go on to master the guitar, organ and accordion, before turning on to swing and bebop as a teenager. He met saxophonist Stan Getz while at university. He abandoned his studies to play jazz full time, and worked with many American jazz musicians, becoming the first European to be invited to join the Jazz at the Philharmonic package. The years 1961 to 1968 produced a string of classic albums, which would help define his style of re-imagining traditional European folk tunes via jazz and the avant garde

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Article: Album Review

Maridalen: Bortenfor

Read "Bortenfor" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Maridalen's eponymous 2021 debut for Jazzland Recordings was quite the breakout success. Earning strong coverage across the British music press, it proved that sometimes the media gods are with you. A host of other fine Norwegian albums made less impact back then, but Maridalen look determined to seize the moment. And, with their follow-up record Bortenfor, ...

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Article: Interview

John Scofield: One For Swallow

Read "John Scofield: One For Swallow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


From time to time in his storied career John Scofield will take a look over his shoulder and re-examine some of the music that has fed into his own, personal brand of jazz. The influences are many, for no matter the context that Scofield engineers, his distinctive sound always carries something of the blues, a little ...

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Article: Live Review

A to JazZ Talks 2019: The Road To International Stage

Read "A to JazZ Talks 2019: The Road To International Stage" reviewed by Ian Patterson


A to JazZ Talks: The Road To International Stage Literature Club Peroto National Palace of Culture Sofia, Bulgaria July 5, 2019 For the majority of young musicians, the very notion of pursuing a career in music can be daunting, to say the least. Admittedly, it is perhaps easier than ever ...

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Article: Rethinking Jazz Cultures

Francesco Martinelli: European Jazz - Tales of Etruscan Vases, Arias And Resistance

Read "Francesco Martinelli: European Jazz - Tales of Etruscan Vases, Arias And Resistance" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Few have attempted to tackle the history of European jazz in any meaningful way. That's hardly surprising given the size of the task. How do you address the jazz history of over forty countries in a succinct and logical manner? How do you manage to throw light on all the major personalities at the ...

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Article: Book Review

The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience in Context

Read "The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience in Context" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The History Of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians And Audience In Context Various authors/Edited by Francesco Martinelli 741 Pages ISBN: 13 978 1 78179 446 3 Equinox Publishing 2018 It's taken some time, about a century in fact, but finally, thanks chiefly to editor and jazz historian Francesco ...

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Article: Live Review

Baku Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Baku Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Baku Jazz Festival Baku, Azerbaijan October 25-28, 2018 Stormy winds that you had to lean into to walk along the pavements had ripped the giant poster of the Baku Jazz Festival clean off the exterior wall of the Rotunda Jazz Club. Not for nothing is Baku nicknamed The City of ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Kasper Staub: Slow Music for Fast Times

Read "Kasper Staub: Slow Music for Fast Times" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Pianist Kasper Staub entered the Danish jazz scene with his trio back in 2012 when he released the album / . The music was just as sparse as the title and introduced a fragile, airy sound, with simple melancholy melodies that were quite unlike anything on the Danish jazz scene at that time. Since then, Staub ...

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Article: Album Review

Simon Eskildsen Trio: Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio

Read "Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


The art of the piano trio is very difficult to master and yet very simple. It is all about chemistry. Three players trying to find a language together, traversing a path that has been explored so many times before. Keeping the heavy heritage of the piano trio in mind, including leaders like Bill ...

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Article: Book Review

Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert

Read "Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert Aneta Norek-Skrycka 172 Pages ISBN: 978-83-938054-2-6 The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation 2016 A number of European jazz musicians stand out for having shaped the sound of the music in the past fifty years, for their virtuosity and for having ...


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