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Håvard Wiik Trio: This Is Not a Waltz

Read "This Is Not a Waltz" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Tra i tanti talenti pianistici che vengono dal nord dell'Europa, quello di Håvard Wiik è tra i più luminosi e imprevedibili. Ben conosciuto con gli Atomic, come pure nel raffinatissimo progetto Free Fall di Ken Vandermark, Wiik è leader di grande intelligenza, come dimostra in questo nuovo lavoro in trio con i collaudati (già costituiscono la ...

My Head Is Listening

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: My Head Is Listening; Beams, Dreams and Automobiles; Little Cage; Ich Bin Ein Belieber; Ballroom Glitch; The Guns Of Amarone, Episodes 1 & 2; Lontano Sea.

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Motif: My Head Is Listening

Read "My Head Is Listening" reviewed by John Sharpe

Formed in 1998, Norwegian sextet Motif celebrates its sixth release with My Head Is Listening and its second on Clean Feed following Art Transplant (2011). Bassist Ole Morten Vågan, who co-founded the outfit with reedman Atle Nymo, is once again responsible for all seven compositions. As well as Motif, he boasts some heavyweight credits with Joshua ...

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Motif: My Head is Listening

Read "My Head is Listening" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Scandinavian band lives by its moniker. Indeed, most of these works are framed on a sequence of primary motifs, mini- motifs and sub-motifs, interspersed with knockdown, drag-out cadenzas that span free jazz, semi-free jazz, modern jazz and so on. At times this collective seems to thrive on nervous energy amid a surfeit of highs, lows ...

Motif

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2014
Track listing: Motif; Buddy's Rendezvous; Snowfall; Mrs.T; Bittersweet; Flashback; Steppin' Out; Morning of the Leaves; Conflict; Swingin' at the Cookie; Bop'n Bob Don't Stop

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Greg Abate Quartet: Motif

Read "Motif" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A traveling jazz master with an international reputation as one of the top-tier saxophonist in the business today, Greg Abate and his distinguished quartet unveils a new Motif of splendid bebop sounds which, for this artist, is natural recurring theme. An expert of the bebop/post-bop sound he has performed for most of his career, Abate is ...

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Molde International Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Molde International Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

Molde International Jazz Festival Molde, Norway July 15-20, 2013It may have been his last year as festival director, but Jan Ole Otnæs sure went out on a high, not just because his programming was as impeccable as ever, but because he made it a year with a very specific philosophy. ...

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Thomas Stronen's Time is a Blind Guide & Elephant9: Oslo, Norway, March 20-21, 2013

Read "Thomas Stronen's Time is a Blind Guide & Elephant9: Oslo, Norway, March 20-21, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

When you've got some time to kill between two festivals--in this case, Burghausen, Germany's B-Jazz Festival and Vossa Jazz in Voss, Norway, the following weekend--there are few better places to do it than Oslo, a city that supports live music better than most cities in the world, with the possible exception of New York. Oslo's residents ...

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Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012

Read "Trondheim Jazz Festival: May 9-13, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Trondheim Jazz FestivalTrondheim, NorwayMay 9-13, 2012Being Norway's third largest city, next to Oslo and Bergen, means something completely different to being the third largest city in Canada or the United States. With more than 25,000 students in a city of approximately 160,000 people, it's not unlike (albeit a little larger than) Kingston, Canada, ...


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