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Solveig Slettahjell

Solveig Slettahjell is one of the most expressive and truly unique singers there is. After several years as one of Norways most appreciated artists, Solveig are about to establish herselves permanently in the rest of Europe. Slow Motion Orchestra has been her main project since they did their first concert together at the Osloclub Blaa in 2001. This concert was recorded and released as their selv titled debut album the same year. Since then the Slow Motion Orchestra have released 6 more albums. The last one, ”Tarpan Seasons” was released in 2009 to massive positive response, and was followed up by a major European tour the following years

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019" reviewed by John Kelman


Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27 -July 1, 2019 Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

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Trail Of Souls

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Borrowed Time; Grandma's Hands; Mercy Street; Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child; Come Healing; Is My Living In Vain; Holy Joe; Trouble In Mind; His Eye Is On The Sparrow; I Don't Feel Noways Tired; Soul Of A Man.

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Solveig Slettahjell-Knut Reiersrud with In The Country: Trail Of Souls

Read "Trail Of Souls" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Vocalist Solveig Slettahjell and blues guitarist/harmonica player Knut Reiersrud record together for the first time on Trail Of Souls. They're joined by another three Norwegian musicians--pianist Morten Qvenlid, bassist Roger Arntzen and drummer Pål Hausken, known collectively as In The Country--on a programme of songs drawn from early blues, spirituals and classic rock songwriters.The ...

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Various Artists: Norwegian Woods - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic II

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Ingen Vinner Frem Til Denb Evige; Can I Come Home Now; Have a Little Faith in Me; Chicken Feathers; Jargo; Sæterjentsens Søndag; Ned I Vester Soli Glader; Take It With Me; Nobody's Fault But My Own.

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Article: Year in Review

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2014

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2014" reviewed by John Kelman


2014 was another challenging year, with a personal health matter that began in early summer (thankfully finally diagnosed, non-life threatening and now being treated, though still waiting for signs of improvement) slowing down both travel and the usual breakneck writing in a significant way. Since the rule of this list is that any titles on it ...

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Article: Album Review

Solveig Slettahjell: Various Artists: Norwegian Woods - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic II

Read "Various Artists: Norwegian Woods - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic II" reviewed by John Kelman


One night, six Norwegian artists--three of them together in a group for a decade. Such ideas can look great on paper, but turn out less than inspiring in reality. Fortunately, beyond the individual talents involved, there's been enough interconnectivity between singer Solveig Slettahjell, keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft, guitarist Knut Reiersrud and the members of In the Country--keyboardist ...

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sPacemoNkey: The Karman Line

Read "The Karman Line" reviewed by John Kelman


According to Wikipedia, the Kármán Line ..."lies at an altitude of 100 kilometres (62 mi) above the Earth's sea level, and commonly represents the boundary between the Earth's atmosphere and outer space." It's as good a name as any for the debut album from sPacemoNkey, a collaboration by two of Norway's most impressive and increasingly influential musicians, ...

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Moers Festival 2014

Read "Moers Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Moers Festival Moers , GermanyJune, 6-9, 2014 Moers is a small city of about 100,000 inhabitants at the periphery of the former mining and industrial Ruhrpott area in Germany, about 40 km from the Dutch border and near the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Moers Festival, a four-day annual event always ...

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sPacemoNkey: The Karman Line

Read "The Karman Line" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


sPacemoNkey is the duo project of Norwegian keyboards player Morten Qvenild, known from other innovative Norwegian bands as In The Country, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra and by his continuous work with vocalist Solveig Slettahjell, and drummer Gard Nilssen, one of the busiest musicians in the vibrant Norwegian scene, who plays in such outfits as Bushman's ...


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