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Jakob Norgren

Jakob Norgren is a Swedish composer/musician. Main instruments are baritone sax, tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and contra alto clarinet.

“Pathfinding” (release September 2, 2015) was the debut album from Jakob Norgren Jazz Orchestra, produced with financial support from the Swedish Arts Counsil. It’s contemporary jazz composed by Jakob Norgren featuring Jonas Kullhammar on tenor sax on five of the six tracks. Mats Äleklint, trombone, Jonne Bentlöv, flugelhorn and Kai Sundquist, clarinet, are some of the other soloists.

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“Superb, sophisticated ensemble music that leave the old traditions behind and charts a new path for big band jazz.” **** All About Jazz (USA) – Edward Blanco

“A topnotch composer / arranger. — Norgren (and his teammates) earn high marks for Pathfinding, which one hopes may be the first of many recordings by this superb ensemble.” All About Jazz (USA) – Jack Bowers

”An outstanding CD, with top-notch modern big band writing from leader and baritone saxophonist Jakob Norgren and superior performances from his Jazz Orchestra.” Cadence Magazine (USA) – Don Lerman

“Simply put, Norgren’s music as played by the band is flat out exciting, continually surprising while maintaining that one-foot-in-the-tradition which makes it easy for anyone to appreciate and groove on.” **** All About Jazz (USA) – Budd Kopman

You get a blues shoutin’/ jazz wailing big band with excellent r&b/ jazz arrangements, reminding me at times of Gil Evans, at times of Johnny Griffin’s Big Soul Band and at times of Charles Mingus

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