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Press Echo JazzFest Berlin 2010


Berlin’s 2010 fest reminded us that some of jazz’s most enticing sounds are happening across the drink.
Joe Woodard, Santa Barbara Independent, 16 November 2010

In programming, the Berlin festival is invitingly-and proudly-off the grid, occurring deep in the autumn rather than in the heat of the summer festival circuit, when many of the American jazz acts are making the rounds. Geographically and artistically, Berlin's fest also takes advantage of its position in the relative center of Europe, ushering in sounds from all sides of the German capitol. The 2010 model was especially Eurocentric, following the theme of “made in Europe, mostly.” Whether that focus was a deliberate cultural survey or a cost-saving gesture, or both, the concentrated variety of Euro-jazz made for a rewarding cavalcade of trans-Atlantic variations.
Joe Woodard, JazzTimes, 15 November 2010

Berliners seeking to iIIuminate November gloom consider several bright options: a luminous ascent inside the Reichstag's glass dome, a stroll along Kudamm to KaDeWe’s tinsellating Christmas windows or basking in the aural brilliance in and around Festival House during JazzFest Berlin, In JFB’s 46th edition and Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren’s third as musical director, 27 bands with nearly 200 musicians from 20 nations were summoned to the swinging synod. (…)
Landgren’s taste for bass-elef instruments continues to lend the fest a sonorous and vibrant air. Excluding string bassists, the informal tally ran to three dozen bass-clef players. Several proved major soloists: Celine Bonacina on irrepressible bari and Denis Colin, Ulrich Drechsler, Per “Texas” Johansson, all on bass clarinet.
Fred Bouchard, All About Jazz: New York, December 2010

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