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Article: Album Review

Per Oddvar Johansen: The Quiet Cormorant

Read "The Quiet Cormorant" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Collaboratore di alcuni dei più importanti musicisti scandinavi—da Trygve Seim a Christian Wallumrød fino alla giovane Mette Henriette—il batterista norvegese Per Oddvar Johansen è qui alla guida di un trio completato dai connazionali Helge Lien al pianoforte e Torben Snekkestad alle ance, che in due brani si allarga a quartetto con l'ingresso della chitarra di Hedvig ...

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The Swiftest Traveler

Label: Trost Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Both Directions; The Swiftest Traveler; Sway; InSitu; Slip, Slide & Rattle; Dwells; Interlude.

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The Quiet Cormorant

Label: Losen Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Quiet Cormorant; Waltz for Hire; Brown House (by the Sea); The Njalla Suite; Island Movies; Love, Peace & Currywurst; The Still; Sørvær Major Manor; A Ballad in Popular Keys; Sunshine - After Fog; Current Tides; Where Did You Go?; Around & About the Roundabout.

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Article: Album Review

Torben Snekkestad / Agusti Fernandez / Barry Guy: The Swiftest Traveler

Read "The Swiftest Traveler" reviewed by John Sharpe


A trio of exploratory and quick-witted improvisers unite for an exciting and stimulating outing on The Swiftest Traveler. Norwegian reedman Torben Snekkestad and Catalan pianist Agusti Fernandez are comrades of bassist Barry Guy in his The Blue Shroud Band and also the 2020 edition of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra. The three familiars forge an alchemical ...

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Article: Live Review

London Jazz Composers Orchestra 50 Year Anniversary

Read "London Jazz Composers Orchestra 50 Year Anniversary" reviewed by John Sharpe


London Jazz Composers Orchestra Alchemia and Manggha Museum Krakow, Poland March 6-8, 2020 Intro Fifty years and counting. One of the most important larger bands in European jazz, The London Jazz Composers Orchestra celebrated its golden anniversary over three days in Krakow which culminated in a triumphant performance of “Harmos." ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

International Flavors

Read "International Flavors" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's a tour through several spots around the globe with this batch--sometimes a leisurely tour, sometimes a whirlwind, but with each stop offering a wealth of lovely sounds and tones. Gilfema Three Sounderscore 2020 Lionel Loueke, Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth have an impressive number of musical endeavors and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases from Bartosz Hadala, Luke Norris and Manteca

Read "New releases from Bartosz Hadala, Luke Norris and Manteca" reviewed by Bob Osborne


There are three featured albums this week... Bartosz Hadala moved from New York City to Toronto in 2010 and began writing music for his next album. In time, new compositions took shape, and Hadala started to assemble his first electric band. It had been a decades-long dream to pay tribute to his idol, Chick ...

Article: Live Review

Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2019

Read "Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Brda Contemporary Music Festival Šmartno (Slovenia) Casa della Cultura, Chiesa di San Martino 12-14.09.2019 Il minuscolo villaggio di Šmartno (San Martino) sorge sulla sommità di un'altura del Brda sloveno, terra ricca di ottimi vini, gemella del vicinissimo Collio friulano. Qui si svolge da nove anni il Brda Contemporary Music Festival, ...

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Article: Live Review

Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band at Aghavannagh Barracks

Read "Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band at Aghavannagh Barracks" reviewed by John Sharpe


Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band Aghavannagh Barracks Wicklow, Ireland August 14-15, 2019 Have you ever wondered what goes into a performance? For some it might just be a quick run through of familiar standards, while for free improvisers any prep at all might be anathema. But for a large ensemble rehearsal ...


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