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Walking in the "modern"


Oslo Jazz Festival is still the one that best takes care of all jazz styles, but this year the festival made a leap into the world of rap and funk by incorporating Youth Against Drugs' stage on Stortorget. There was a quarter of the festival's program features.

Thus, the Oslo festival competes with what Molde jazz festival was, when it was criticized for sailing under the false flag with its third of "ujazz". It does not bother me that people are rapping on Stortorget for a good cause, but when presented as part of a jazz festival, it can cause conceptual confusion in the public. Furthermore, this does not bother me in a festival where there is still more good jazz to hear than a simple soul can overcome.

In the festival report two years ago, I tried to distinguish between the predictable and the unpredictable – and had of course been looking for the latter. Last year, I divided the festival into the "recognizable" and the "searching" – looking for both genres because both have value. This year, I simply concentrated on what is still called "modern jazz", that is, music with role models in bop, cool and the 60's revolution; it contains everything, the predictable, the unpredictable, the recognizable and the searching.

Each place

Like a number of other festivals, Oslo has mostly. . .

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