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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 ...

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A Tribute to Herbie +1 is Swedish-born composer / arranger Mats Holmquist's third “tribute" album, following well-received salutes to Chick Corea (2003) and Wayne Shorter (2012). For his encomium to pianist / composer Herbie Hancock, Holmquist called upon two of New York City's most respected sidemen, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and trombonist John Mosca, known and ...

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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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Goran Strandberg Nonet: Monks Mood

Read "Monks Mood" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Twentieth-century jazz offered bountiful gifts that musicians will continue to mine for, well, as long as people play jazz. One gift is pianist Thelonious Monk's compositions, which are surely among the music's most original and appealing; as Past Daily states, you can never get too much Monk in your diet. Another gift is the nonet format ...

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Jukkis Uotila / Stockholm Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Jukkis Uotila

Read "The Music of Jukkis Uotila" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The Music of Jukkis Uotila presents an exciting array of modern big band arrangements performed by The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra (SJO), with compositions provided by SJO's drummer and occasional pianist, Jukkis Uotila. For over twenty-five years, the SJO has been at the forefront of big band music, proving that it's possible to explore innovation while remaining ...

In Motion

Label: Imogena
Released: 2004
Track listing: 1.In Motion 2.Round & Around 3.The Things You Said 4.It Doesn

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Robert Nordmark: In Motion

Read "In Motion" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

At the heart of the jazz listening experience lies a paradox. Jazz is a music built on the live interplay of musicians, material and self, but we experience the music mostly through the record, or as Andre Millard calls it, in his book America on Record, ”the primary experience.” Millard also extends this notion to the ...


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