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Fattigfolket: Le Chien et la Fille

Maybe only someone with ears twisted into pretzels by years of playing and listening to weird jazz would say this, but if I had my druthers, the music made by this young Swedish/Norwegian quartet would exemplify today’s jazz mainstream. Not that there’s anything middle-of-the-road about them. Their music is smart and fresh, even distinctive. But it also grooves and swings, adheres to relatively conventional harmonic norms and emphasizes attractive melody and formal coherence.

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