Category Archives: Jazz

Old World Elegance and Charm from Swedish Jazz Maestro

Potsdamer Platz: Jan Lundgren (ACT) Just last week I met Wexford’s most famous Swede Fred Karlsson on the town. He was in fine form, attentive and courteous as always, and full of stories. One would never have known that Fred … Continue reading

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Modern Jazz Quartet: Django

On my turntable right now the album Django (1955) by the Modern Jazz Quartet. Lovin’ it. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LFsuH1-YoM This is what The Guardian says: https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2010/mar/24/modern-jazz-quartet-john-lewis

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Vesala’s Musical Homage to Helsinki

Helsinki Soundpost Martti Vesala Soundpost Quintet (Ozella Music) Helsinki Soundpost is an aural pleasure from start to finish. Eight tracks, 50 minutes of majestic music. From the first insistent single note repetition of “Smoke” right through to the epic grandeur … Continue reading

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Morten Schantz – Godspeed

Godspeed is the name of a new trio headed by Danish composer, pianist and keyboardist Morten Schantz. He is joined by Norwegians, and fellow JazzKamikaze members, Marius Neset (soprano and tenor saxophones) and Anton Eger (drums). The band’s debut album, … Continue reading

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Schaerer’s extravagant and exhuberant style pays off

The Big Wig: Andreas Schaerer Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy (CD/DVD) Label: ACT Music The Lucerne Festival Academy was founded by the great French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez (1925-2016). Andreas Schaerer, a huge … Continue reading

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Punch by Elliot Galvin Trio

I reckon Elliot Galvin was a horror as a child, the kind of kid who just had to find out first hand why you shouldn’t stick metal objects into live sockets. This learning-by-doing approach is still very much a part … Continue reading

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ONE by Tim Garland

ONE is the new album by Grammy-award-winning jazz musician Tim Garland. Garland is one of Britain’s most respected and versatile jazz musicians with saxophones and bass clarinet his main weapons of choice. To describe Garland as simply a jazz musician, … Continue reading

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