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Tolvan Big Band

From southern Sweden and the area around the coastal town of Malmö, Tolvan Big Band has been developing to become a powerhouse organisation with an international reputation of the most up-to-date and ambitious Big Bands anywhere in the world. Since around 1979 its musical leader Helge Albin, creative Saxophonist, and composer and arranger has emerged to devote much of his time and energy to organising the band into a successful ensemble capable of a vide variety of musical situations. The proof of this success can be heard clearly in their recordings, sometimes in the company of very celebrated guests

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7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest 2019 Edition: Winners Announced!

7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest 2019 Edition: Winners Announced!

The 7 Virtual Jazz Club is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 edition of the contest. Pros & Amateurs’ Category The jury prize for the best musician (€ 2,000 plus a live concert in the Jazz Club Ferrara- Italy) has been assigned to the French vibraphonist Simon Moullier which presented the song “Thriller- Workin ...

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Effortlessly - Music by Helge Albin

Label: Kopasetic Productions
Released: 2013
Track listing: Get Up! (Don't Hit The Snooze Button!); Bluesy Minor; Shortcuts; Effortlessly; Stillness In Motion; Find Your Way Out; Con Brio.

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Tolvan Big Band: Effortlessly - Music by Helge Albin

Read "Effortlessly - Music by Helge Albin" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Swedish saxophonist, composer and arranger Helge Albin has led the Tolvan Big Band since 1979. Albin turned this ambitious, up-to-date big band, located in Malmö in southern Sweden, into a musical institution with an international reputation. They have collaborated with notable American musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman and Michael Brecker, British composer Mike Westbrook ...

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Tolvan Big Band: Tarantula Suite

Read "Tarantula Suite" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


The Tolvan Big Band is one of Scandinavia's most experienced big bands. Located in Malmö, in southern Sweden, this orchestra has been working since 1979 and, under saxophonist/musical director Helge Albin, has collaborated with notable Americans such as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman and Michael Brecker, British composer Mike Westbrook and Danish saxophonist Lars Møller; the band ...

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Tarantula Suite

Label: Kopasetic Productions
Released: 2011
Track listing: Potenza; Pazienza; Misterioso; Luce; Forza; Silenzio; Confusione; Speranza.

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Mads Vinding: Bubbles & Ballads / Bass & Bones

Read "Mads Vinding: Bubbles & Ballads / Bass & Bones" reviewed by Chris Mosey


With the death of Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen in 2005, the keys to the kingdom of double bass playing in Denmark passed at long last to Mads Vinding. Only two years separated the two men--Pedersen was born in 1946, Vinding in 1948--but “young" Vinding always found himself in the giant shadow cast by Pedersen. ...

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Code Red

Label: Prophone Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Code Red; Cats and Dogs; The Other Day; Going Bananas; Subconscious C; Antelope Dance; Ups and Downs.

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Tolvan Big Band: Code Red

Read "Code Red" reviewed by Edward Blanco


From the coastal town of Malmo, Sweden, the eighteen-piece Tolvan Big Band has developed into one of the finest contemporary jazz orchestras in the world. Led by saxophonist and composer Helge Albin since 1979, the band entered Sun Studios in Copenhagen on April 22nd of 2007 and emerged with Code Red, a powerhouse recording of seven ...

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Tolvan Big Band: Code Red

Read "Code Red" reviewed by Chris Mosey


Sweden must have more jazz big bands per head of population than any other country in the world. Tolvan Big Band, based in the southern port city of Malmö, is the cream of the crop. Tolvan means The Twelve, the number of musicians in the band when it was formed in the late 1960s. It also ...


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