Johan Lindström and the Norrbotten Big Band, Johan Lindström and the Norrbotten Big Band, Moserobie ***

Slightly paradoxically given there are quite a lot of people on this record the best bits are the solo guitar passages for instance the delicate, pristine touches that hint at flamenco on 'Östanvik'. But while overall patchy the saving grace for …

Published: 24 May 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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Slightly paradoxically given there are quite a lot of people on this record the best bits are the solo guitar passages for instance the delicate, pristine touches that hint at flamenco on 'Östanvik'. But while overall patchy the saving grace for the instrumentalism of the big band is its progressive nature - it's not a boring swing machine at all and has plenty of ideas. In other words it isn't at all square. Guitarist Johan Lindstrom isn't dull and neither are his charts borne out of a residency but it's an album easy to admire rather than embrace fully. Chamber jazz elegy 'Pasacaglia' is the best thing and the justifiably internationally renowned Swedish big band the Norrbotten plays it very skilfully conducted by very fine saxist Joakim Milder, who if you recall when he had his horn in his hands on that occasion enhanced the Marcin Wasilewski trio so well on 2014's Spark of Life. Best of the big band tunes is the syncopated smash and grab of 'Arctic Mambo.' Johan Lindstr​ö​m, photo: Bandcamp publicity shot

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Joshua Redman moves to Blue Note

Moving from long time label Nonesuch saxophonist Joshua Redman has signed to Blue Note with an album set to begin a new recording chapter in the 1990s Wish legend's career to be issued in the autumn. The publicity journal of Blue Note parent …

Published: 24 May 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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Moving from long time label Nonesuch saxophonist Joshua Redman has signed to Blue Note with an album set to begin a new recording chapter in the 1990s Wish legend's career to be issued in the autumn. The publicity journal of Blue Note parent company Universal udiscovermusic quotes Redman who says: “Blue Note albums have forever been an essential part of my musical (and spiritual) life - since well before I realized I even had one! I look forward, with equal parts gratitude and giddiness, to embarking on this new phase in my recording journey, along with one of the greatest labels of all time.”

Joshua Redman, photo: Zack Smith/Blue Note

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