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Review: Oslo Jazz Festival 2017

To the jaundiced American eye, downtown Oslo—particularly along the walking street Karl Johans gate—is refreshingly neat and clean, with a healthy balance of older and modern architecture, and unfortunately, too many familiar retail outlets. Walk just a block or two away from this central path however and the more traditional Norwegian feel of the city … Read More “Review: Oslo Jazz Festival 2017”

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Various Artists: Jazz Loves Disney

The notion that jazz singers love Disney tunes is hardly new, the relationship stretching from Johnny Mercer’s 1947 rendition of Song of the South’s Oscar-winning “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” to Steve Tyrell’s Disney Standards, from 2006. Never, though, has so ambitious or smartly executed a Disney-themed collection of vocal jazz been assembled as this. Recorded in 2014 and … Read More “Various Artists: Jazz Loves Disney”

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Jamie Cullum: Momentum

Though jazz fans will surely lament its unapologetic pop leanings, Jamie Cullum’s latest, his sixth, is as good a collection of dance-floor-friendly fare as you’re likely to hear this year. The former Brit wunderkind is now the father of two and has inched into his 30s, but he’s lost none of his keen ability to … Read More “Jamie Cullum: Momentum”

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