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Article: Album Review

Angles 9: Beyond Us

Read "Beyond Us" reviewed by John Sharpe


Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen's versatile Angles agglomeration has appeared in assorted sizes from a trio up to a nonet. But whatever the dimensions, it possesses the familiar virtues of driving riffs, explosive soloing, and elemental yet affecting melodies. Beyond Us, recorded live during Groningen's splendid Summer Jazz Cycling Tour is no different. It's the fourth release ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 3-5, 2019 The May Bank Holiday weekend is always a festive occasion in Bray, but this year was of particular note as the Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Founded by Dorothy and George Jacob in response to a ...

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Fire! Orchestra: Arrival

Read "Arrival" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


The ancient Zen art of decluttering has found modern favour as a mindful practice. Letting go of things is, perhaps, a way of breaking with the past. In the years since its inception, the Nordic big band Fire! Orchestra has jettisoned about half its original cast. Now down to a mere fourteen members, the outfit has ...

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Fire!: The Hands

Read "The Hands" reviewed by Sammy Stein


Rune Grammofon unleashed something special with the great music it has released over the past 20 years, and with The Hands it has surpassed itself. The Fire! trio, which consists of reedman Mats Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werlin, makes music which defies labels and classification. Now, going into a resting phase after ten ...

Article: Live Review

Fire! alla Sala Vanni di Firenze

Read "Fire! alla Sala Vanni di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Fire! Firenze Sala Vanni Musicus Concentus & Metastasio Jazz 16.2.2018 Pubblico che non si vedeva da anni in Sala Vanni, per il secondo virtuoso “incrocio" tra Musicus Concentus e Metastasio Jazz 2018: di scena uno dei gruppi di punta della scena internazionale, il trio Fire! degli svedesi Mats Gustafsson, ...

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Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun

Read "Disappeared Behind the Sun" reviewed by John Sharpe


On the sixth release from reedman Martin Küchen's mid-sized Angles ensemble, all the winning traits so evident on previous outings are still present and correct: heart wrenching melodies, huge foot-tapping riffs, sweeping chorales and adventurous raw soloing, not least by the leader himself. Many of the same top notch players remain on board, notably trombonist Mats ...

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Martin Küchen, Johan Berthling, Steve Noble: Night in Europe

Read "Night in Europe" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello


Dopo quasi cinquant'anni di pratiche e di forti testimonianze registrate, l'improvvisazione in Europa sembra avere codificato lessici e grammatiche, sia che si tratti di percorsi che si riallacciano più naturalmente alla sperimentazione del campo della composizione musicale Novecentesca, sia che -come accade nel caso del disco in questione -il modello New Thing di matrice più schiettamente ...

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Nacka Forum: We Are The World

Read "We Are The World" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Doom and gloom begone, now for some serious fun. Nacka Forum is back with their fifth recording. The Swedish/Danish quartet cherry picks the biography of jazz for the juiciest and sweetest music, combining systems and methodologies from Ornette Coleman to Sun Ra to create a high-spirited concoction of jazz entertainment. Spinning We Are The ...

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Fire!: She Sleeps, She Sleeps

Read "She Sleeps, She Sleeps" reviewed by John Eyles


She Sleeps, She Sleeps is the fifth album release from Fire! (yes, that exclamation mark is an integral part of the name), the Swedish supergroup trio of saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werliin. It sees the three return to duty as a trio following the distraction of recording and touring with the ...


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