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Bashing Mushrooms

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Kudeta; Bamse; Bashing Mushrooms; Horus Øye; Go Greta; Barnen; Farmor; Fem Skator.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

I.P.A.: Bashing Mushrooms

Read "Bashing Mushrooms" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Comprised of an impressive roster of Scandinavian all-stars, I.P.A. might only need a better name if the group is to break through to wider notice. Harnessing its commitment to post-bop freedom to thoughtful tunecraft, the band's music is both accessible and tough-edged, cerebral and hard-grooving in equal measure. The quintet's first Cuneiform release, I Just Did ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rob Mazurek: Desert Encrypts Vol. 1

Read "Desert Encrypts Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It was twenty-five years ago, in 1994, that Rob Mazurek first emerged with Man Facing East (Hep Jazz), a quartet recording solidly positioned in the post/hard bop style. Even in the interpretations of standards, there were clues that the cornetist/composer was a restless soul. In the intervening years, Mazurek has rapidly charted his own dissident destiny ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by John Eyles

Formed in the spring of 2000, Scandinavian “supergroup" Atomic recorded and released their first album Feet Music (Jazzland) in 2001. The years since have been remarkably stable for the quintet; they have produced albums at an impressive rate of about a disc a year, including two collaborations with Ken Vandermark's School Days group. The only change ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Scandinavian supergroup Atomic has always pushed back against “tradition," be it the customary sound of Nordic jazz or--maybe more importantly--what most believe to be the avant-garde. Each member has a thriving career outside the quintet: bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten with The Young Mothers, The Thing, Rempis Percussion Quartet, and his own trio and quartets, drummer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Magnus Broo Trio: Rules

Read "Rules" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Tre improvvisatori tra i più attivi e innovativi della scena scandinava (in ordine sparso Atomic, Angles, The Thing, Jan Garbarek, per citare solo alcune collaborazioni) che si cimentano con una manciata di standard che più standard non si può. Non stiamo parlando di fake news ma Rules album a nome Magnus Broo Trio uscito per Moserobie, ...

Rules

Label: Moserobie
Released: 2018
Track listing: If I Should Lose You; Summertime; Easy Living; You've Changed; I Fall in Love Too Easily; Like Someone in Love; Don't Explain.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anders Lønne Grønseth: Multiverse

Read "Multiverse" reviewed by Chris May

Ever since Jan Garbarek put Norwegian jazz on the map, and especially so after the international success of his rigorously ascetic Officium (ECM) in 1994, the music has acquired a reputation for being not entirely passionless, but emotionally withdrawn. The “Scandinavian sound" which Garbarek championed was conceived in collaboration with ECM label founder Manfred Eicher as ...


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