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Bergen Big Band

Artist: Karin Krog
Karin Krog - Bergen Big Band CD
Label: Grappa
Regular Price: $16.95
On Sale For: $6.78 
Year: 2005
Format: CD


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Jazz CD Bergen Big Band/Karin Krog, Seagull *** (Grappa) John Fordham Friday June 16, 2006 The Guardian Seagull Buy Seagull now Norwegian singer Karin Krog bunked off school to catch Billie Holiday singing in Oslo - her work developed as a mix of Holiday's timing and restraint, and something of Scottish singer Annie Ross's insouciant agility.

This is one of a set of three Krog releases on the Grappa label, with another (Sweet Talker) being a compilation from more than 40 years of her work. British saxophonist/composer John Surman directs and solos over the immaculate Bergen Big Band - an ensemble packed with woodwind variety and one-touch rhythm-section empathy. A few orthodox swingers and Latin-groovers sit a little uneasily with more intimate pieces, and the affecting original material she and Surman generate together. But when the textures of this orchestra blossom - as on UK-based John Warren's beautiful Gil Evans-ish arrangement of Lament, and the misty trumpet-led overture to Krog's skating melodies and Surman's soprano sax on the title track - all the ingredients balance. The late, great Don Ellis gets a visit through his spooky arrangement of Angel Eyes.

Karin Krog (vocals); John Surman (baritone sax, soprano sax, director); Bergen Big Band
  1. Sweet Talker
  2. La Calada
  3. Lament
  4. My Shining Hour
  5. The Seagull
  6. Northern Sun
  7. Don't Get Around Much
  8. Jubilee
  9. Canto Mai
  10. Don't Just Sing
  11. Angel Eyes
  12. You'd Better Love Me
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