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We Jazz Live: Jazz From Finland

Read "We Jazz Live: Jazz From Finland" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Documenting the Finnish label We Jazz Records' ongoing live activities, the “We Jazz Live Plates" volumes present a fairly complete overview of the label's roster of talent in a live environment. Volumes 2 and 3 of this project have been released together and present recordings of various projects' performances at the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki ...

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Avram Fefer, Harris Eisenstadt, Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda and More

Read "Avram Fefer, Harris Eisenstadt, Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

You can always count on Clean Feed Records for great music, and this episode features some tunes from recent releases on the Portuguese label's catalogue. Saxophonist Avram Fefer adds Marc Ribot to his usual trio and the results on Testament are fantastic. Pianist Zack Clarke steps back to a traditional piano trio format, but the music ...

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Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen: Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen

Read "Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen have been at the heart of the Helsinki jazz scene for over two decades, seeing international success with the Five Corners Quintet as well as leading several accomplished cutting-edge bands. This is something very different, an eponymously titled album where two established figures throw caution to the wind and cut loose ...

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Tomeka Reid Quartet, Piero Bittolo Bon & Ratchet Orchestra

Read "Tomeka Reid Quartet, Piero Bittolo Bon & Ratchet Orchestra" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I guess this episode could be termed a “friendly" one, as it just so happens a number of my musical friends have new releases out for sampling, so I dove right in. Toronto drummer Nick Fraser has an excellent album out with Tony Malaby and Kris Davis and they open the show. Violist Ig Henneman from ...

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Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More

Read "Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Those artists who have been able to sustain long careers and consistently move the music forward must be celebrated, and this episode recognizes two such examples who have new recordings out at the moment: Be Known: Ancient/Future/Music from Chicago's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, the group put together in 1976 by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, and Terra Incognita from ...

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We Jazz artists, Eric Hofbauer & The Pen Club

Read "We Jazz artists, Eric Hofbauer & The Pen Club" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Finnish jazz artists are front-and-center this episode. You'll hear music from the ambitious and busy We Jazz record label which is based in Helsinki, and you'll also hear music from one of that country's top trios, Hot Heros. They've got a new recording out on Eclipse Music, another important label in Finland. There's other new music ...

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Matt Mitchell, Linda May Han Oh, Rajna Swaminathan & More

Read "Matt Mitchell, Linda May Han Oh, Rajna Swaminathan & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From bass players leading cutting edge bands, to ensembles with strings; from electronica-infused projects to tributes to Sun Ra, Count Basie and Oliver Nelson; from multi-kulti to straight-ahead. This and more on this episode of Mondo Jazz. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jarmo Saari Republic at G Livelab

Read "Jarmo Saari Republic at G Livelab" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Jarmo Saari Republic G Livelab Helsinki February 28, 2019 Jarmo Saari has been making music on the Nordic scene for more years than most of us care to remember. As a child he was involved in the Tapiola Choir in Espoo, the Helsinki suburb synonymous with high art of visual as ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2018

Read "Tampere Jazz Happening 2018" reviewed by Mike Collins

Tampere Jazz Happening Tampere, Finland November 1-4, 2018 In Finland, as winter begins and the clocks change, the city of Tampere, a couple hours north of Helsinki, hosts its International Jazz Happening over a long weekend. The world comes to Tampere, and Finnish jazz gets to showcase its place and connections ...


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