Autor: Chris Mosey

Vivian Buczek: Ella Lives

Sweden’s Vivian Buczek, fast approaching her 40th birthday, comes across more as a schoolgirl with a crush on her teacher on this, her seventh solo album, which pays tribute to The First Lady Of Song. m: Ella Fitzgerald–had she not died in 1996–would be 100 this year. “Ella …

SE-Quartet: Going North

This album is dedicated to the refugees who have arrived in Scandinavia in recent years. On the day it was released, April 7 2017, one of those refugees, Rakhmat Akilov, aged 39, drove a hijacked truck into the entrance of the Ahlens department store in the centre of …

Eric Bibb: Migration Blues

Eric Bibb says in the sleeve note to Migration Blues, his most politicized album to date: “The way I see it, prejudice towards our brothers and sisters who are currently called ‘refugees’ is the problem. Fear and ignorance are the problems. Refugees are not ‘problems’–they are courageous fellow …

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington on Storyville Records

The legend of Duke Ellington–one of very few jazzmen worthy of the overworked accolade “genius”–continues to unfold four decades after his death. In large part this is thanks to the efforts of Ellington himself. From 1950 to 1974, he kept a private “stockpile” of recordings made for his …

Popa Chubby: The Catfish

Popa Chubby sees life like this: “Everything is breaking down. The lines are being redefined.” With his shaven head and tattooed arms, Chubby–born Ted Horowitz in New York City–may seem an unlikely commentator on the way the world is going, still less someone warranting inclusion on a jazz …

Elisabeth Melander: Reflections Of A Voice

Elisabeth Melander was born in Boden, a military town in the cold and desolate north of Sweden. She used her vocal abilities and knowledge of music to escape and is now based in the southern cities of Lund and MalmA , travelling all over the Nordic Area, teaching, …

Duke Elllington And His Orchestra: The Duke Box 2

This box set of seven CDs, one DVD and an illustrated booklet celebrates the latter part of Duke Ellington’s monumental career. It opens with the so-called “Silver Jubilee” 1952 coast-to-coast broadcasts from Birdland in New York City by NBC. They were held to mark the 25th anniversary of …

Danish Radio Big Band: Jazzin' Around Christmas

Despite the fact that m: Louis Armstrong, m: Ella Fitzgerald and m: Dave Brubeck have all successfully recorded Yuletide songs, jazz still enjoys a problematic relationship with the so-called festive season. The trouble no doubt is that Christmas is so quintessential… Source: Album Reviews

Jesper Lundgaard Trio: 2016

Danish bassist Jesper Lundgaard likens the making of the latest album with his trio to cooking a successful meal: “Eight new songs, two standards, sax, bass, guitar, three microphones, the recording machine, 12 hours playing, 12 hours mixing, 12 hours design stuff, 12 hours practical stuff, four wee… …