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Otis Sandsjö

Otis Sandsjö, know for his physical, yet melancholic style of playing, has in recent years grown to become one of the more sought after young saxophonists on the European proggressive jazz and pop circuit. He's running his own projects Y-OTIS (SE/DE/AU) and otis sun (SE/LUX), is a leading member of the bands LUCIA CADOTSCH SPEAK LOW (SE/CH), Farvel (SE/NO), GADJOS (SE/DK) as well as composed and performed the solo saxophone music for the piece BABY IT`S YOU, NOT ME, with the dance/performance group THE MOB (DK/SE) He also curated the spatial concert installation “; haunted by music” 2016 and hosts the concert series “Bastujazzen” in Göteborg, Sweden. ​ Awards ”ECHO JAZZ 2017” (German Grammy Award) for the album 'SPEAK LOW' The Swedish National Radio award “Jazzkatten - Newcomer of the Year 2012” Winner of “Young Nordic Jazz Comets 2010” Nominated to “Newcomer of the Year 2013” at the Swedish Folk and World Music Award Festivals (a selection) EFG London Jazz Festival, Jazzfest Berlin, dOCUMENTA (13), 12 Ballads For Huguenot House (Kassel), Tampere Jazz Happening, Ljubljana Jazzfestival, Jazzfestival Münster, 12 Points Festival (Dublin), Alto Adigo Südtirol Jazzfestival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, by:Larm (Oslo), Umeå Jazzfestival, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Reykjavik Jazz Festival, X-Jazz Festival (Berlin), We Jazz (Helsinki), Mama Jazz (Vilnius) Clubs (a selection) ​Moods (Zürich), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Sunset (Paris), Victoria (Oslo), Unterfahrt (München), Jazzhouse (Copenhagen), A-Trane (Berlin), Vortex Jazzclub (London), Nefertiti (Göteborg), Berghain Kantine (Berlin), the Gothengurg Opera House, Stadtgarten (Köln), BeeFlat PROGR (Bern), Sendesaal Bremen

Speak Low II

Label: We Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Azure; I Think It's Going To Rain Today; What's New / There Comes A Time; Wild Is The Wind; By This River; Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair; Ballad Of The Drowned Girl; So Long; Speak Low.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lucia Cadotsch: Speak Low II

Read "Speak Low II" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On their sophomore effort, the multinational European trio around Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch follows the band's initial instinct of organically dissecting and rearranging old favorites of the respective band members. This time around the trio is expanded by English keyboartdist Kit Downes' occasional organ embellishments and Lucy Railton's additions of odd melodic cello lines to conceptually ...

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Michael Moore, Django Bates, Lucia Cadotsch, Benjamin Koppel & More New Releases

Read "Michael Moore, Django Bates, Lucia Cadotsch, Benjamin Koppel & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Django Bates celebrated his 60th birthday and 40th anniversary as a musician while marking Bird's centennial with adventurous and witty arrangements for the Norrbotten Big Band. That gives us a cue to look into more Scandinavian and large-ensemble music, following the adventures of Bates' bassist Petter Eldh, as part of the much awaited return of Lucia ...

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2 Quartets on We Jazz Records

Read "2 Quartets on We Jazz Records" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Finnish label We Jazz Records is back with two quartet recordings. Both are intriguing in their respective ways, which differ from each other in almost every aspect. Let's have a closer look... Otis Sandsjö Y-Otis 2 We Jazz Records 2020 Berlin-based, Swedish-native saxophonist Otis Sandsjö's sophomore album and ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 7

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 7" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The immuno-booster series continues, and confirms its wide-ranging nature. In this seventh installment the selections range from Stevie Wonder to Mahalia Jackson, passing through Myra Melford, Lyle Mays, Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, John Coltrane, The Weather Report and Lea Bertucci, who surprisingly seems to take off where Jacobus Gallus left a few hundred years earlier. Mina ...

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Otis Sandsjö, Pablo Ablanedo, Webber/Morris Big Band and More

Read "Otis Sandsjö, Pablo Ablanedo, Webber/Morris Big Band and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases [for the first part click here] with the great return of master arranger Pablo Ablanedo, the new single by Swedish saxophonist and flutist Otis Sandsjö, two new projects by the prolific oud and guitarist Gordon Grdina, and saxophones in solo, duo, trio and quartet settings. ...

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Free Association - Vol. 3 with John Murph

Read "Free Association - Vol. 3 with John Murph" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Free Association is a series of collaborative mix-tapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with musicians and selectors of various origins. Free Association mix-tapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. An hour or ...

The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience

Read "The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Saalfelden? For those who don't already know, it is a small Austrian town in a magnificent alpine landscape in the Pinzgau, 70 km west of Salzburg, famous for its jazz festival in August and January and popular as a vacation and sport area. Character The festival has a great 40-years history having built a ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 3-5, 2019 The May Bank Holiday weekend is always a festive occasion in Bray, but this year was of particular note as the Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Founded by Dorothy and George Jacob in response to a ...


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