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Lisa Ullen

A native of Seoul, Korea, Lisa Ullén grew up in the northern part of Sweden, and is based in Stockholm. She is a graduate of the Royal Musical Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, where she studied classical piano in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since the late 1990s, she has devoted herself entirely to improvised music, in the form of free jazz as well as avant garde and contemporary classical and experimental music. A versatile player with a singular musical vision, Ullén has repeatedly proven her ability to imprint her absolute sense for tonal texture on whatever musical context she appears in. Internationally recognized as a distinctive and uncompromising musician and composer, Ullén over the last decade has produced more than fifteen albums. Ullén has collaborated extensively with many well-known Swedish artists and dancers, and has also scored several dramatic productions

lena

Label: OMLOTT Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: pappa kom hem; det är inte för sent; dansa margit; tjuv; pärlemor; äntligen.

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Roots Magic, Audio Cave Artists & Alan Braufman

Read "Roots Magic, Audio Cave Artists & Alan Braufman" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A new release by the Italian Quartet Roots Magic is always welcome. Their contemporary and improvisatory approach to old blues tunes and the way they always put their own touch on the music of avant-garde jazz composers is kind of unique on the European scene. Take Root Among the Stars, out on Clean Feed, should be ...

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Andrew D’Angelo’s DNA Orchestra, Barrage & Luis Nubiola

Read "Andrew D’Angelo’s DNA Orchestra, Barrage & Luis Nubiola" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The size of a group means nothing. There's as much fantastic music created by a trio as there is by a big band. This episode of OMJ attempts to prove that with sparkling new music from trios (Jason Robinson, Bruno Räberg & Bob Weiner -a definite must on my faves of 2020 list, Cuban/Polish saxophonist Luis ...

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Darrifourcq, Hermia & Ceccaldi... and Cheeseburgers

Read "Darrifourcq, Hermia & Ceccaldi... and Cheeseburgers" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There are some very creative folks hanging about this week, headed by one of the more unique recordings of the year so far—Kaijū Eats Cheeseburgers—by the uncategorizable trio from France led by drummer/percussionist Sylvain Darrifourcq with saxophonist Manuel Hermia and cellist Valentin Ceccaldi. It's very different but very exciting stuff. Also new from Europe and more ...

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Anna Hogberg Attack: lena

Read "lena" reviewed by John Sharpe

It is a well known gambit to start an album with one of its strongest tracks. But it must have been a difficult choice for Swedish band leader and saxophonist Anna Högberg when programming her group Attack's second release. That she chose “Pappa Kom Hem," which opens with a sustained stentorian bellow from tenor saxophonist Elin ...

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Jerry Granelli, Lisa Ullén, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Yells At Eels

Read "Jerry Granelli, Lisa Ullén, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Yells At Eels" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Drummer extraordinaire Jerry Granelli says he doesn't look back too much, he'd prefer to move forward with his music, but with Jamie Saft and Brad Jones in tow, he decided the time was right to rediscover some of the tunes he played backing Vince Guaraldi and Mose Allison years back. A sample of his new album ...

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Anna Högberg Attack: lena

Read "lena" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

There are moments of lena, the sophomore release from Swedish group Attack, which feel as though the ensemble is as much punk band as it is jazz sextet. Under the leadership of alto saxophonist Anna Högberg, the group plays loud and fast free jazz which is as stylish as it is raucous. Even the monochrome album ...

Piano Works

Label: Disorder
Released: 2018
Track listing: CD1: link; up north; wood; needle; streets; uphill; the gap one; specter; step; layer; CD2: the gap two; treble and bass; the place; writhe; yesterdays; glow; apparition; chair one; chair two; psalm; CD3: hollow part 1; hollow part 2; hollow part 3; hollow part 4; hollow part 5; hollow part 6.

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Yokada: Stillness & Sirens

Read "Stillness & Sirens" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A new Stockholm-based piano trio, Yokada, has released their debut recording on Lisa Ullén's Disorder label. Though the sparse liner notes give no indication, it is a safe assumption that the trio's name comes from Andrew Hill's “Yokada Yokada" on Judgment! (Blue Note, 1964). This release--Stillness and Sirens--features one composition that is a tribute to Hill. ...


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