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Live Review: 2019 Belgrade Jazz Festival (VIDEO)

When you think of the great autumn jazz festivals of Europe, cities like London, Berlin, and perhaps Milan come to mind. You don’t necessarily think of Belgrade, Serbia. Many jazz people are probably surprised to learn that Belgrade has a festival. In the 1990s, Serbia and the Balkans dominated the cable news channels during the … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Belgrade Jazz Festival (VIDEO)”

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Ketil Bjornstad: La Notte

La notte feels like a movie soundtrack, and that’s by design: The inspiration for Norwegian pianist Ketil Bjørnstad’s new album is Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1961 film of the same name, a depressing Italian drama about a marriage on the rocks. Bjørnstad’s shimmering, languorous album, recorded at the 2010 Molde International Jazz Festival in Norway, unfolds like … Read More “Ketil Bjornstad: La Notte”

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Ketil Bjørnstad: Remembrance

This bass-less Norwegian trio contains the leader, Ketil Bjørnstad, as pianist-composer-auteur, Tore Brunborg on tenor saxophone and Jon Christensen on drums. The degree to which the 11 pieces here (numbered, not titled) are notated as opposed to improvised is less important than the fact that they all sound like songs. All but one is under … Read More “Ketil Bjørnstad: Remembrance”

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