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Thomas Johansson

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Thomas was born and raised in Skien, Telemark. With a bachelor degree from the University of Stavanger, and Masters from The Norwegian Academy of Music, he is a part of the strong young Norweigan jazz elite. He has done extensive touring in Scandinavia, Europe, Japan and USA, with both his own projects and as a sideman in several other bands. His main project is Cortex, which is a quartet consisting of Thomas, Kristoffer Alberts, Ola Høyer and Gard Nilssen. Cortex is a Norwegian band which plays enerergetic jazz of the finest brand. With over one hundred live perfomances and four highly acclaimed albums, they position themselves as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene. He is also a part of several distinctive bands and projects, including his own record label Tammtz Records which was established April 2016

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Cortex: Legal Tender

Read "Legal Tender" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The Norwegian quartet Cortex answers the question, what would have happened if the Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis, had advanced the jazz canon instead of looking backwards for inspiration. Remember when the two young lions burst onto the scene in the 1980s with their self-righteous mission to save jazz? They did so by stuffing it, much ...

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Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 2

Read "Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our exploration of great tunes that--for a reason or another--were concealed to great effect but also never received the attention they deserved. We'll try to remedy that focusing on ghost-tracks, and other ghostly jazz. We were supposed to select ten tunes... but there were at least thirteen more, plus a couple more ghost-related tunes. ...

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Legal Tender

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Anthem For The Uneasy; Standby; GTM; I-95; 10-4; Blue Gromka; Loose Blues.

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As We See It...

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: No Longer Gage; Conversations + Fanfare My Dear; As We See It…;Anthem For The Uneasy; Some Kind Of Closure; Fierce Disputes And Drunken Reconciliation.

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Scheen Jazzorkester & Thomas Johansson: As We See It...

Read "As We See It..." reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Given the breadth of the Clean Feed label's extensive Scandinavian improvisation and free jazz discography, this large-scale orchestra, featuring venerable trumpeter Thomas Johansson, is not strictly framed on avant-garde persuasions. In fact, the predominate x-factor that deals the KO punch is how hummable melodic hooks alluringly coexist with emotive soloing without an endless range of cacophonic ...

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Friends & Neighbors: What's Next

Read "What's Next" reviewed by John Sharpe


With its fourth release, the Scandinavian quintet Friends & Neighbors, whose moniker references Ornette Coleman's album of near enough the same name, continues to find fertile soil in the American free jazz furrow. This time out the unchanged quintet of trumpeter Thomas Johansson, reedman André Roligheten, pianist Oscar Grönberg, bassist Jon Rune Strøm and percussionist Tollef ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New in 2019 - An Eclectic Mix

Read "New in 2019 - An Eclectic Mix" reviewed by Bob Osborne


An eclectic mix of recent releases covering a wide variety of styles and influences. Playlist Sarathy Korwar “Mumbay (feat. MC Mawali)" from More Arriving (Leaf) 00:00 Chris Lomheim, Michael O'Brien, Jay Epstein “Blue Talisman" from Triage (Shifting Paradigm) 06:00 Marc Copland “Gary" from Gary (Illusions Music) 14:00 Mark Dresser Seven “Black Arthur's Bounce ...

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New Sounds Including The Fictive Five, The Comet is Coming and Sylvie Courvoisier

Read "New Sounds Including The Fictive Five, The Comet is Coming and Sylvie Courvoisier" reviewed by Bob Osborne


A wide selection of new releases this time around demonstrating the wide range of genres emerging from jazz at the moment... Playlist The Comet Is Coming “Super Zodiac" from Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse) 00:00 The Fictive Five “Immediate Human Response (for Spike Lee)" from Anything Is Possible (Clean ...

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Home Alone

Label: Tammtz Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Monologue; A Fistful Of Density; Thematics; Sonic Transformation; Signal This; Bucket; Somewhat Faster; Fractures; Line For Mathilde; Home Alone.


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