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Hlýnun

Label: Reykjavík Record Shop
Released: 2021
Track listing: I - Lungu; II - 'O'o'a'a; III - Svart haf; IV - Söngur úr svartholinu; V - Um heimsslit, VI - Suð

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Skuli Sverrisson with Bill Frisell: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Approda finalmente in formato digitale (CD e piattaforme di streaming) l'album frutto della recente collaborazione tra il bassista islandese Skúli Sverrisson e il chitarrista Bill Frisell, già precedentemente pubblicato nel 2018 esclusivamente su vinile in una edizione a tiratura limitata per collezionisti andata rapidamente esaurita nonostante il prezzo non propriamente a buon mercato. Ora che il ...

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Mikael Mani: Bobby

Read "Bobby" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


Icelandic guitarist Mikael Mani's debut release is a poised, rewarding set of original compositions inspired by events surrounding Bobby Fischer's capture of the world chess championship in 1972. Held in Iceland, the politically charged bout took place against the backdrop of the cold war and garnered worldwide attention. Less well known is the subsequent ...

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Strata

Label: Newvelle Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Side A: Sweet Earth; Instants; Vanishing Point; Ancient Affection; Came to Light; Side B: Cave of the Swimmers; Amedeo; Afternoon Variant; Segment; Her Room.

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Article: My Playlist

Otis Sandsjö

Read "Otis Sandsjö" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic, 1972)Listening to Aretha coming home makes you feel like coming home. R.I.P. 2. Skúli Sverrisson, Óskar Gudjónsson, The Box Tree (Mengi, 2012). This album was on repeat around the time of my daughter's birth a few months back. It says it all. A ...

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Article: My Playlist

Otis Sandsjo

Read "Otis Sandsjo" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic, 1972). Ascoltare Aretha ti fa sentire a casa. R.I.P. 2. Skúli Sverrisson, Óskar Gudjónsson, The Box Tree (Mengi, 2012). Perennemente sul tasto repeat durante la nascita di mia figlia qualche mese fa. Un suono di sax proveniente da un altro pianeta. 4. ...

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John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases

Read "John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The summer is almost over and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up... This week we focus on a few new gems, including two remarkable tributes to Thelonious Monk, the mighty Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk (in six volumes!) by Miles Okazaki and the idiosyncratic The MONK: Live at ...

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Skuli Sverrisson with Bill Frisell: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


On their two previous third-season releases, Andy Zimmerman's Half Light and Lionel Loueke's Close Your Eyes (both 2018), Newvelle Records pushed the envelope just a bit away from the deeply melodic formula that they have favored across seventeen albums to date. While those vinyl releases incorporated more elements of improvisational complexity, they were hardly foraying into ...

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Skuli Sverrisson: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


A contemplative affair, Skuli Sverisson and Bill Frisell's Strata unfolds like a slow burning fire. The hovering notes and somber guitar lines evolve gradually, emerging like wind carved monuments visible through a hovering mist to reveal a stark, melancholic, and aridly beautiful landscape. The album demonstrates a fluid, masterful interaction between the two artists ...


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