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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Size Matters: (Mostly New) Jazz for Big Bands and Orchestras, Part 2

Read "Size Matters: (Mostly New) Jazz for Big Bands and Orchestras, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As we continue our journey in the recent work of some of the most compelling jazz orchestras and big bands of today, and a few from the past that were so ahead of their time that their music still sounds fresh. [Click here to listen to the part 1]. Happy listening! PlaylistBen ...

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Article: Album Review

Mats Holmquist: Together

Read "Together" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo la limitata collaborazione del 2017 in Big Band Minimalism il trombettista Randy Brecker e l'arrangiatore svedese Mats Holmquist realizzano un nuovo disco orchestrale passando dalla big band della radio lettone a una delle migliori big band europee, la finlandese Umo Jazz Orchestra. Il disco non è solo un alto esempio di mainstream ...

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Article: Album Review

Skydive Trio: Sun Sparkle

Read "Sun Sparkle" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Norwegian guitarist Thomas Dahl's primary project is the Skydive Trio with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Olavi Louhivuouri. The trio is an off-shoot of a quintet of the same name that includes tenor saxophonist Tore Brunborg and pianist Alexi Tuomarila. Sun Sparkle is the second release from the smaller group whose sound, like the album title, ...

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Article: Album Review

Verneri Pohjola: Pekka

Read "Pekka" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Finnish multi-instrumentalist Pekka Pohjola was a classically trained pianist and violinist but known best as a bassist in his native country. The proponent of a unique fusion of jazz, progressive rock and classical music, his work had elements of Frank Zappa, King Crimson and Antonín Dvořák, sometimes all within a single composition. Pohjola died while only ...

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Article: Album Review

Lenny Pickett with the UMO Jazz Orchestra: The Prescription

Read "The Prescription" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Lenny Pickett è stato membro distintivo dei Tower of Power per il decennio 1972-81, direttore musicale della Saturday Night Live Band fino al 1995, collaboratore di David Bowie}}, Elton John, David Byrne, Lenny Kravitz, il gruppo Little Feat e molti altri. Nonostante questo, il sassofonista ha inciso pochissimo a suo nome e questo è appena il ...

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Article: Album Review

Iro Haarla Sextet: Kolibri

Read "Kolibri" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Finnish Pianist-composer Iro Haarla's compositions for her sextet emphasize her aim to reach a different, larger sound than the sound of her Finnish-Norwegian quintet (Northbound and Vespers, both on ECM, 2006 and 2011). This sextet is comprised of top Finnish musicians who collaborated closely with her in the past and began to work as the sextet ...

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Article: Album Review

Infinita: Time Continuum

Read "Time Continuum" reviewed by Anthony Shaw


The opening 30 seconds of “Wild," the appropriately named first track on this exploration of the Time Continuum, belies the melody and the meter of the music that follows. The album consists of 10 more pieces, mainly from the pen of pianist Sid Hille and more than ably assisted by this thoroughly seamless Italo-Finnish foursome.

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Primal Mind

Label: Beta
Released: 2010

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Beauty And The Beast

Label: Beta
Released: 2010


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