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Lars Jansson

Lars Jansson was born in 1951, and grew up in Orebro, Sweden, where he was bored by his lessons at the community music school. In his early teens, a relative lent him records with Miles Davis, Ben Webster, and Mose Allsion. During the 1960s, he followed the fashion and developed an interest in the organ. He listened to Kjell Ohman play with the Telstars, to Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, and to Hammond organ music. Drummer Sjunne Ferger became an important figure in his life, and together they formed a duo: "Takt & Ton" (Beat & Pitch). In 1970, after graduation from upper secondary school, he took a semester off, planning to go on and study medicine

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music

Read "Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

There's a lot to be said about musical excellence in versatility when it comes to guitarist Jacob Young. The Norwegian fret-acrobat came to international prominence in the early 2000s, when ECM's Manfred Eicher detected his remarkable chops and subsequently recorded and released Young's debut Evening Falls (2004) for the prestigious German label. Two more sessions followed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sam Dillon: Force Field

Read "Force Field" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It doesn't take long to realize that Sam Dillon is on to something here. With drummer Anwar Marshall and bassist David Wong laying a grooving foundation on the opening title track, the tenor saxophonist sets off on a mighty chromatic quest. The lines, and what rumbles beneath them, set up an open playing field where pianist ...

Just This

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Just This; Pure Sensation; Waltz For Bill; Receiving; Bohuslän; Mustapha; Intimate Talk; Cherished; Turn The Whole Thing Upside Down; No Purpose; Safe Trip; Anatta; To Have Or To Be.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lars Jansson, Ark Ovrutski, Pablo Held and More

Read "Lars Jansson, Ark Ovrutski,  Pablo Held and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A focus on Swedish pianist Lars Jansson is complemented with new releases from Ark Ovrutski, Pablo Held and Perry Smith. In a piano trio dominated show there is also a mix of classic recordings and exciting new cutting edge jazz. Playlist Ark Ovrutski “Second Line" from Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 00:00 Lars ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lars Jansson: Just This

Read "Just This" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Swedish pianist/composer Lars Jansson is a Zen Buddhist, concerned primarily with being in the moment. There can be difficulties--"To experience and accept all that happens in our lives is no easy matter," says Jansson. “It takes practice and an open mind (beginner's mind) to ignore expectations and preconceived attitudes and completely immerse oneself in the present ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Reykjavik Jazz Festival Reykjavik, Iceland September 5-9, 2018 Iceland has produced, and continues to produce, many outstanding artists--some of them world-famous, such as Björk, Múm, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds, Gus Gus, Emiliana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men--which is quite remarkable if one thinks that the country has less than 350,000 inhabitants. 130,000 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Reykjavik Jazz Festival Reykjavik, Islanda 5-9.9.2018 L'Islanda ha prodotto, e produce, una grande quantità di artisti, alcuni dei quali molto conosciuti a livello internazionale come Björk, Múm, Sigur Ros, Ólafur Arnalds, Gus Gus, Emiliana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men... il che, a pensarci bene, ha dell'incredibile, se pensiamo che il ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nordic Circles: Under the Clouds

Read "Under the Clouds" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo l'esordio nel 2015 con Winter Rainbow l'ensemble scandinavo Nordic Circles cambia quasi completamente i componenti (resta il batterista Anders Thorén) confermando i tratti stilistici di fondo: un jazz raffinato che privilegia cantabilità melodica e raffinatezza timbrica. L'ingresso della cantante Siril Malmedal Hauge e la sostituzione della tromba con il sax tenore di Magnus Bakken sono ...

Take Five with Julian Hartwell

Read "Take Five with Julian Hartwell" reviewed by Julian Hartwell

About Julian Hartwell Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator based in jny: Philadelphia, PA. He is inspired by many styles of music which all contribute to his distinctive sound, both solo and in a group setting. For the past 12 years he has performed throughout a wide swath of the ...


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