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Mikkel Ploug

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Danish guitarist and composer Mikkel Ploug (b.1978) has performed all over Europe, Brazil and the US with his bands Mikkel Ploug Group, Mikkel Ploug Trio and Equilibrium. He has recorded 12 albums for internationally reknowned labels such as Sunnyside Records (USA), Whirlwind (UK) Fresh Sounds New Talent (ES) Songlines Recordings (CA). Mikkel has performed as a soloist with The Royal Ballet in Copenhagen and works with american choreographer and dancer Tilman O’Donnell.

His solo album Alleviation has over 2 million plays on Spotify and his 2018 album “Faroe” was selected for the Grammy category “Best Instrumental Jazz Album”.

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Day in the Sun

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: Nocturne; Daybreak; Over the Hills; Day in the Sun; Rosette; Robledo; April; Dance of Minor Motive; Afterthought; Mosaic; Hymn in E; Barcarola; Nighttide; Isolde’s Song.

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Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2022
Duration: 3:28

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Article: Six Picks

January 2022

Read "January 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Bendik Hofseth Roots C+C records 2022 The second act in the Norwegian saxophonist's Forest tetralogy, Roots focuses around Bendik Hofseth's chamber-jazz qualities in the company of a string quartet plus guitarist Eivind Aarset and percussionist Per Oddvar Johansen, who both return for a second time out after 2020's Trunks. ...

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Balcony Lullabies

Label: Stunt Records/Sundance Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Det er i dag et vejr (The Weather Today Is); Elefantens vuggevise (Elephant's Lullaby); Vårvise (Spring Ballad); Somewhere Over The Rainbow; Julia; Solen så rød, mor (The Sun Is So Red, Mother); The Nearness Of You; Jeg ved en lærkerede (I Know Of A Lark's Nest); Stille, hjerte, sol går ned (Quiet Heart, Sun Goes Down); Hilsen til forårssolen (Spring Greetings To The Sun); You Are My Sunshine; Du kom med alt det der var dig (You Came With All That Was You); Under stjernerne på himlen (Under The Stars In The Sky).

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Article: Album Review

Mikkel Ploug: Balcony Lullabies

Read "Balcony Lullabies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Upset, isolated and frustrated during the early stages of the near-global COVID-19 quarantine, Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug did what he does best; he picked up his instrument and started playing. Sitting on his balcony and reflecting on the moment, Ploug set beauty in strings, allowing his sound to hold aloft. His appreciative neighbors listened with rapt ...

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Article: Album Review

Tim Stine Trio: Fresh Demons

Read "Fresh Demons" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


There was a time when making progression with jazz guitar meant plugging in. Charlie Christian did this and took jazz guitar playing to a new level. But these days, the most radical thing a jazz guitarist can do is to plug out and play acoustically. While an endless number of electric guitarists explore a rock-oriented approach ...

Article: Album Review

Mikkel Ploug: Faroe

Read "Faroe" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Il rapporto artistico tra il tenorsassofonista statunitense Mark Turner e il chitarrista danese Mikkel Ploug è piuttosto lungo e consolidato, avendo i due suonato per circa dieci anni nel quartetto messo in piedi da Ploug dopo il suo arrivo in America nel 2005. E proprio l'intesa prodottasi tra i due è stata lo stimolo che ha ...

Album

Faroe

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Faroe; Neukölln; The Red Album; Highland; Warmth; Sailing; Ambiguity; Como; Wagner; Steps; Celeste; Safari; Sea Minor.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Roberto "Zizzi" Zanetti, Orrin Evans, and Michael Formanek

Read "Roberto "Zizzi" Zanetti, Orrin Evans, and Michael Formanek" reviewed by Bob Osborne


From Verona, Italy Roberto “Zizzi" Zanetti takes us on a trip through the jazz of the Roaring Twenties paying homage to the music innovators who flourished during the social and political problems of the Prohibition Era. Orrin Evans raises the temperature with live recordings from his large ensemble The Captain Black Big Band and Michael Formanek ...


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