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Martin Sjöstedt

No doubt that Martin Sjöstedt is one of the most interesting musicians one the European jazz scene today. Not only is he one of the most indemand bassplayers around, he also plays the piano on the same level. This fact together with his skills for writing music for all kind of ensembles, from producing small group albums to composing for big bands, you easily understand why everyone wants to be a part of his musical enviroment. Grammy award-winning composer Jim McNeely writes in the liner notes: With this CD, Martin reveals the scope of his abilities as composer and arranger for big band, and they are impressive

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Ekdahl / Bagge Big Band: New Thing

Read "New Thing" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's always exciting and pleasurable to welcome a new member into the jazz world's ever-shrinking big-band fraternity--especially one as sharp and energetic as this. The tasteful and impressive Ekdahl / Bagge Big Band--from Stockholm, Sweden, no less--takes its name from those of its co-leaders, drummer Per Ekdahl and pianist Carl Bagge who composed and / or ...

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Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé

Read "Five Women VII – Zoe Schwarz; Mercedes Figueras; Vivian Buczek; Carol Albert; Douyé" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion This Is the Life I Choose 33 Jazz Records 2017 Zoe Schwarz and her band, the Blue Commotion, have been making a name for themselves in their native England for the better part of this decade. With five albums to their credit, the band and singer have ...

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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 ...

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Vivian Buczek: Curiosity

Read "Curiosity" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Vivian Buczek is blessed with a glorious voice--warm, emotional, engaging--and a talent for sophisticated interpretations of established but not over-worked songs. Curiosity, the Swedish singer's fifth album, places her in the company of a piano trio led by the excellent pianist and arranger Martin Sjöstedt. It's company she clearly relishes and in which she shines brightly.

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LSD: Trio Colossus

Read "Trio Colossus" reviewed by James Pearse

The stark, somewhat austere cover art of Trio Colossus, from Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Lindborg's LSD trio, belies the warm, rich music it houses.The sultry opening bars of “It Ain't Necessarily So" set the mood for this impressive recording, which features four Lindborg originals and carefully chosen pieces by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Swedish ...

Mondeo

Label: Sittel Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: 1. Mondeo 2. The Chant 3. Waltz Peas 4. Lined Up With A Groove 5. Take The X Train 6. Taxi 7. To Wisdom The Prize 8. Blues But Not 9. It Could Happen To You 10. J Blooz


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