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Karl-Martin Almqvist

Karl-Martin Almqvist, saxophonist and composer, is one of the most uniquely personal voices found on the Swedish jazz scene today. He comes from the town of Karlstad, which he left at the age of 18 to take up his studies in music at Skurups Folkhögskola, continuing at the Conservatory of Music in Malmö, then moving on to the Mannes College of Music in New York City in 1994, where he remained for about two years. There Karl-Martin studied with musicians such as George Garzone, Bob Mintzer, Richie Beirach and Reggie Workman. In autumn 1996 he returned to Sweden, and 1998 he made Stockholm his home. As a soloist/member Karl-Martin is found both on record and in performance with a range some of the finest groups and constellations in Sweden, such as Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Maggi Olin Band, Moksha, Mathias Landeus House of Approximation‚ Rigmor Gustafsson, Nils Landgren Funk Unit and Jacob Karlzon Big 5

Tenacity

Label: Lost Marble
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cordial; Ah Leu Cha; Donna Lee; Laura; Confirmation; We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Out Way; The Study of Touch; My Little Suede Shoes; Star Eyes; Tenacity.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: Today

Read "Today" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before proceeding, three cheers and a hearty round of applause are in order, as Today, the fifteenth album recorded by the impressive Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, helps mark the thirtieth anniversary of one of Scandinavia's most celebrated big bands. This truly is an ensemble with no discernible weaknesses: sharp soloists in almost every chair, a remarkable adeptness ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kristin Korb: Finding Home

Read "Finding Home" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A home isn't just a physical space and a place to hang your hat; a home is wherever an individual finds comfort, acceptance, and personal fulfillment. On Finding Home, bassist-vocalist Kristin Korb explores the journey and process that brought her to such a place in her life. Korb, who grew up in Montana, ...

Lina Nyberg: The Sirenades

Read "Lina Nyberg: The Sirenades" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish vocalist Lina Nyberg's new album The Sirenades, her 16th since her debut twenty years ago, is her most ambitious project to date. The title word she invented derives from three words--Sirens, the ancient Greek ones who deceive you and make you forget your mission; Sirens, the long warning horns at war time and Serenade, a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Hans Ulrik: Still Searching

Read "Hans Ulrik: Still Searching" reviewed by Robin Arends

It is not easy to classify Danish saxophonist Hans Ulrik. He dedicates himself as easily to movie soundtracks and jingles as to an album of Latin or Christmas music. At the same time it is not difficult to recognize Ulrik's dreamy, Nordic voice. Like other European jazz musicians Ulrik started his career in the United States. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Danemo: Peter Danemo

Read "Peter Danemo" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish drummer Peter Danemo leads his own groups and quartets. The first one featured the late pianist Esbjörn Svenssonand was called the Peter Danemo Kapell-- since the late eighties but his output as a leader is relatively rare. He is a diverse musician-composer and played in many Nordic outfits including ones that featured third stream jazz, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Django Bates: From Zero to Sixty in Five Days

Read "Django Bates: From Zero to Sixty in Five Days" reviewed by John Kelman

It's rare enough to get to catch the premiere of a brand new work in a location as removed as Luleå, Sweden—just 100 kilometers south of the Arctic circle and in late May already experiencing 22-hour days and temperatures between 20 and 25 Celsius. But to get to experience the birth of a commission and to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jukkis Uotila / Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Jukkis Uotila

Read "The Music of Jukkis Uotila" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The Music of Jukkis Uotila presents an exciting array of modern big band arrangements performed by The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra (SJO), with compositions provided by SJO's drummer and occasional pianist, Jukkis Uotila. For over twenty-five years, the SJO has been at the forefront of big band music, proving that it's possible to explore innovation while remaining ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Cecilia Wennerstrom releases CD in her new band Explicity

Cecilia Wennerstrom releases CD in her new band Explicity

Cecilia Wennerstrom has started the free jazz project Wennerström Larsson Explicity together with her husband Sven Larsson. Sven played with Rolf Ericson in the 60s and 70s, with Sender Freies Berlin Big Band in the 70s and then as a regular member of the Swedish Radio Jazz Group until the mid-80s. He has been the first-call ...


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