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Svante Thuresson

Viktoria Tolstoy

Viktoria Tolstoy (born 1974, née Kjellberg) is a Swedish jazz singer who is said to have never taken a single singing class. She is the daughter of Erik Kjellberg, and the great-great-granddaughter of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy.

Her debut album was 1994's Smile, Love and Spice. She followed that with the release of För Älskad in 1996. Pop-influenced and recorded in Swedish, the album firmly established her as a household name in Sweden.

To date, she has released eight albums, her latest being My Russian Soul (2008). Of particular note among these is Pictures of Me (2006), which features music written by artists like Jacob Karlzon, Lars Danielsson, Prince, Paul Simon, Seal, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Van Morriss...

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Vivian Buczek

Straight From My Heart
Vivian Buczek
CD (Item 468199) Lovestreet (Sweden), 2007 --

Great work from a contemporary European vocalist -- one who easily shifts between influences from soul jazz, bossa nova, and older torch jazz -- all presented beautifully here with small combo backings! Most of the lyrics here are in English, and there's a warmly soulful feel to the record that reminds us a bit of recent jazz sides from Carmen Lundy and Dee Dee Bridgewater -- quite good company, considering our love of their work! The combo features guest tenor sax from Jesper Thilo on a few numbers -- and titles include "The Jody Grind", "Blues For Laila", "Fly Away", "So Many Stars", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Meditacao", and "Feel...

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Peter Asplund