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Terje Rypdal was born in Oslo, August 23rd 1947. He is known as one of the leading modern jazz guitarists in Europe. At the same time he is regarded to be an outstanding composer of contemporary art music. Rypdal has has a multifarious musical career since he started his pop band "The Vanguards" in the 1960'ies. He later started up "Dream" where his interest for jazz was awakened. In 1969 he joined the Jan Garbarek Quartet. At the same time he even played in George Russell's Sextet and big band. Rypdal has up through the years composed numerous jazz compositions for own as well as other groups. Terje Rypdal played the piano from he was five years old, and started up with guitar from the age of 13

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Article: Interview

Alf Terje Hana: The Further Edge

Read "Alf Terje Hana: The Further Edge" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Unless you hail from jny: Norway, chances are you haven't heard of (or are just hearing about) guitarist Alf Terje Hana. With a music career stretching back into the '70s and a sound that's as personally stylized and cutting-edge fresh as anything birthed in the 21st century, Hana's music and name are just starting to circulate ...

Article: Album Review

Eivind Aarset: Phantasmagoria, or a Different Kind of Journey

Read "Phantasmagoria, or a Different Kind of Journey" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Dopo aver collaborato negli ultimi anni come creatore di alchimie sonore per vari progetti musicali in compagnia di musicisti come Jan Bang, Arve Henriksen, Sly & Robbie, Michele Rabbia, Bendik Hoffset e altri, ritroviamo il chitarrista norvegese Eivind Aarset alla guida di un proprio quartetto con il quale ha pubblicato qualche mese fa questo Phantasmagoria. Al ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Hybrids by Brad Mehldau, Frank Zappa and Others

Read "Jazz Hybrids by Brad Mehldau, Frank Zappa and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program looks at jazz mixed with rock in various ways, whether it's called jazz-rock, fusion, prog rock, jazz-funk, trip-hop or something else. The artists heard on the show include Brad Mehldau, Donald Fagen, Frank Zappa, Joe Zawinul and the Keef Hartley Band. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" ...

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Article: Album Review

Tord Gustavsen Trio: Opening

Read "Opening" reviewed by Peter Jones


Tord Gustavsen's first three piano trio albums sold in unimaginable quantities, made him an unlikely star in his native Norway, and established him internationally. He became the living embodiment of the ECM sound—quiet, contemplative, solemn, spacious. In fact, so spacious, that at gigs one would sometimes wait a seeming eternity for the arrival of the next ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May


The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

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Article: Album Review

Tord Gustavsen Trio: Opening

Read "Opening" reviewed by David Bruggink


After 2018's stellar The Other Side, Tord Gustavsen again graces listeners with a trio format. On this outing, ecologically-minded double bassist Sigurd Hole is replaced by ECM newcomer Steinar Raknes. A prolific recording artist with everything from dusky alt-country and americana to post-bop and free jazz to his name, Raknes introduces new flavors to the trio's palette. Gustavsen, ...

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Article: Album Review

Ruphus: Let Your Light Shine

Read "Let Your Light Shine" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


In 2021, this jny: Oslo-based progressive rock label reissued / remastered all of the Norwegian progressive rock unit's 1970s and early 1980s analog tapes of the original LPs. During its progression the band were especially popular in West Germany. However, the North American prog aficionados may have found it difficult to become aware of Ruphus unless ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodrigo Almonte: Distancia

Read "Distancia" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


"Every piece of music on Distancia is an honest representation of a pilgrimage of different distances that I had to walk, musically and geographically speaking, in order to find inspiration and to create a representation of myself as a musical nomad," explains guitarist Rodrigo Almonte, who was born and raised in Peru, completed Bachelor of Arts ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Monsters from the Jazzlab

Read "Monsters from the Jazzlab" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Rodrigo Almonte Distancia Odradek Records 2021 “Every piece of music on Distancia is an honest representation of a pilgrimage of different distances that I had to walk, musically and geographically speaking, in order to find inspiration and to create a representation of myself as a musical ...


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