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Thomas Johansson

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

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.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

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.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

Read "European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018 Lisbon, Portugal September 13-15, 2018 European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scheen Jazzorkester & Jon Oystein Rosland: Tamanoar

Read "Tamanoar" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Scheen Jazzorkester è un organico norvegese di 12 elementi fondato e diretto nel 2010 dal sassofonista Jon Øystein Rosland. Ha già inciso cinque album ed è una delle poche orchestre stabili del Paese, accanto alle più famose Trondheim Jazz Orchestra ed Ensemble Denada. Jon Øystein Rosland è il principale compositore e arrangiatore della ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Musical Portrait Of Cortex

Read "A Musical Portrait Of Cortex" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova

For this new installment of our “50/50" series, we asked the members of Cortex (Thomas Johansson, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, Ola Høyer, Gard Nilssen), one of the most interesting groups in the burgeoning Norwegian jazz scene, to choose five tracks that inspired them in their music making. We then completed the selection with five other tracks taken ...


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