Nu Jazz from Scandanavia: reasons to be cheerful

A Listmania! list by R. J. Heath "djaitch" (Loughborough, Leics, UK)
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Strange Place for Snow
1.  Strange Place for Snow by Esbjorn Svensson Trio
The list author says:
  "Winner of many recent major Europe jazz prizes as well the best seller, EST well deserve the plaudits. Traditional piano trio with an ultra-modern rhythm section."
£14.15   Used & New from: £4.83
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Seven Days of Falling
2.  Seven Days of Falling by Esbjorn Svensson Trio
The list author says:
  "Lighter than 'Snow' but still the dynamics to please the young and the old, jazz fans and not-so jazz fans."
£16.94   Used & New from: £4.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Jonas Hellborg Group
3.  Jonas Hellborg Group by Jens Johansson
The list author says:
  "Kick-in-the-teeth music from a  very different sort of trio from EST. Hellborg and the Johanson brothers always make for a poweful trio, here lead by Jens' Hammond, playing the hardest of jazzrock"
Used & New from: £44.59

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Octave of Holy Innocents
4.  Octave of Holy Innocents by Bucketheads
The list author says:
  "Hellborg is another mode, Michael Shrieve a million miles from Santana and thrasher metal guitarist, Buckethead plucking chords at a 100mph from an acoustic guitar.  A major 90's jazz rock album."
Used & New from: £27.50

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Icon
5.  Icon by Shawn Lane & Selvaganesh Jonas Hellborg
The list author says:
  "Another change in direction for Hellborg: the best Indo-jazz fusion heard in years. Brilliant swansong  for Shawn Lane.  Indian percussionists/vocalists add to  the near perfection."
£13.02   Used & New from: £6.50
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Singles Collection
6.  The Singles Collection by Terje Rypdal
The list author says:
  "What singles you may ask? However, a lovely display of what Rypdal does well: playing jazz in a style derived  "from Hank to Hendrix" (quoting Neil Young's song)."
£25.00   Used & New from: £15.90
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Chaser
7.  Chaser by Terje Rypdal
The list author says:
  "The title track is worth the price of the CD. Rydpal with all the stops out and all the effects on.  A tour de force of jazz rock."
£15.99   Used & New from: £10.00
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Fission
8.  Fission by Jens Johansson
The list author says:
  "Jens Johanson is  today's answer to Jan Hammer - master keyboard player. The album is a modern rush of synths and heavy drums stylishly augmented by Mike Stern and the late Shawn Lane's guitars."
£16.95   Used & New from: £5.97
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Heavy Machinery
9.  Heavy Machinery by Anders Johansson
The list author says:
  "One of several clues to explain why Mr Malmsteen was encouraged to do a UK cover on Inspirations. Brothers Johanson, with guest Allan Holdsworth, in extrovert form."
£27.95   Used & New from: £18.88
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Rosenfole: Medieval Songs from Norway
10.  Rosenfole: Medieval Songs from Norway by Agnes Buen Garnas
The list author says:
  "Very different from any other album listed. Don't be put off by the reindeer or the phrase "medieval Norwegian folk music" on the front cover. A special piece of world jazz."
£15.99   Used & New from: £7.88
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Ragas and Sagas
11.  Ragas and Sagas by Garbarek/Khan
The list author says:
  "ANother type of world jazz from Garbarek, but here with the Khan brothers - another variant of Indo-jazz fusion."
£12.57   Used & New from: £5.94
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Lambert Land
12.  Lambert Land by Tasavallan Presidentti
The list author says:
  "Finnish  band with their early form of jazz rock, recorded  in '72 . It has simply stood the test of time for me. The band's Jukka Tolonen ranks with Jan Akkerman as a major but  neglected guitarist."
£17.44   Used & New from: £16.61
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

New Conception Of Jazz
13.  New Conception Of Jazz by Conception
The list author says:
  "Fell in love with this album a year ago and can't stop play it. Nu fusion with a stronger jazz edge than most. Sidsel Endresen's voice  on 'You Might Say' gets at me like no other."
£36.98   Used & New from: £3.72
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Solid Ether
14.  Solid Ether by Nils Petter Molvaer
The list author says:
  "Whether Molvaer's music derives from Jon Hassell or Miles Davis  is academic. This is the first album to crack the international market, mixing jazz (trumpet) with drum'n'bass, samples and remixes."
£11.17   Used & New from: £6.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Unseen Rain
15.  Unseen Rain by Jens Johansson
The list author says:
  "While Baker is the named star, equal honours go to Hellborg and Jens Johansson's respective  acoustic bass and piano playing. Restrained compared to music listed above - still intelligent music."
Used & New from: £39.94

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