Europe Jazz Media Chart, July 2017

One of the earliest initiatives of EJM is the Europe Jazz Media Chart: a non-sales-related chart that reveals some of the hot new music surfacing across the globe right now. Some contributors also add their comments, explaining their choice.

Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Vilhelm Bromanders Initiativ «Allt åt alla» (Signal and Sound Records)

one track on YouTube | one track on SoundCloud | album on the label’s site

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Beekman «Vol. 2» (Ropeadope)

album in iTunes | playlist on YouTube | album on BandCamp | two tracks on SoundCloud | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs | album on the artist’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
An international outfit that comes across with many facets but still has a cohesive sound. There is more to it than just a high academic level of musicianship.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Karin Krog «The Many Faces of Karin Krog» (Odin)

buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs

Lars Mossefinn comments:
Karin Krog celebrates her 80th anniversary by releasing this 6 CD-box. Some of these recordings go back to 1967 (with Don Ellis) and the newest is done in February 2017. The box documents that Krog has been a truly original voice in international jazz for 50 years.

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Arto Lindsay «Cuidado Madame» (Ponderosa)

album in iTunes (unavailable in certain countries) | one track on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Deezer (registration required) | buy on Discogs

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Cristiano Arcelli «Almost romantic» (EncoreJazz Records)

album in iTunes | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required)

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Land Of Drum «Rhythm Spirits» (Land of Drum 2017)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud | buy CD in Rahva Raamat online store (Estonia)

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

EABS «Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda)» (Astigmatic Records)

album in iTunes | playlist on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Deezer (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required) | buy on artists’ website

Paweł Brodowski comments:
An intriguing concept album by a septet of young Polish musicians, reimagining Krzysztof Komeda’s compositions from 1962 – 1967, drawn from feature movies and short films, his ballet etudes and music accompanying the poems by great Polish poets. EABS stands for Electro-Acoustic Beat Session.
These innovative interpretations employ contemporary tools, samples, loopes, hip-hop, jungle and funk rhythms. One piece features a guest appearance by violinist Michał Urbaniak, a one-time member of the legendary Komeda Quintet. The album, released on CD and vinyl, includes a comprehensive 40-page booklet in English.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Duot & Andy Moor «Food» (Repetidor)

album in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on the label’s site

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Big Bad Wolf «Pond Life » (Big Bad Wolf)

release scheduled for July 16 | buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required) | buy on Discogs | album on artists’ website | album on the label’s website

Mike Flynn comments:
I’d like to select a great new album by an emerging four piece from the UK – one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

The Firebirds «Aladdin’s Dream» (ILK)

album in iTunes | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on label’s website

Anna Filipieva comments:
An organ trio from Denmark, originally assembled by the fierce drummer Stefan Pasborg to perform music by Igor Stravinsky (hence the band’s name, after Stravinsky’s famous 1910 ballet score.) On the new album, the Firebirds offer energetic, groovy versions of the themes written by Danish classical composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931.)

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Denmark-Norway):

Torhild Ostad / Carsten Dahl «Jeg roper til deg» (NORCD)

album in iTunes | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Elliott Sharp / Marc Ribot and Mary Halvorson «Err Guitar» (Intakt)

album in iTunes (unavailable in certain countries) | album trailer on BandCamp | album on the label’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Hoera «Beestentijd» (Granvat)

album in iTunes | one track on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | album teaser on SoundCloud | album on the label’s website

Henning Bolte comments:
Belgian trio from the inventious Antwerp scene. Bert Cools (g), Stijn Cools (dr) and Dries Laheye (b) create music in between songs and film music, jazz and soundscape. Music of an initimate mood emerging from improvisational elaborations of open compositions. Presented in a unique puzzle box.

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, June 2017

One of the earliest initiatives of EJM is the Europe Jazz Media Chart: a non-sales-related chart that reveals some of the hot new music surfacing across the globe right now. Some contributors also add their comments, explaining their choice.

Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Verneri Pohjola «Pekka» (Edition Records)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music | album on the artist’s website | album on the label’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
Solid melodies, modern and personal arrangements and burning trumpet playing – often razor-sharp but at other times with gestures supported by four other excellent musicians. The entire project is saturated with the Finnish spirit of the 1970s caused by the late Pekka Pohjola. Their live act is strongly recommended as well.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Chris Potter, David Virelles, Joe Martin, Marcus Gilmore «The Dreamer Is The Dream» (ECM)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Colin Stetson «All This I Do For Glory» (52 Hz)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon | listen on Spotify (registration required)

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Anne Yven, Citizen Jazz (France):

Tarkovsky Quartet «Nuit Blanche» (ECM)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Gabriele Mitelli O.N.G. «Crash» (Parco della Musica Records)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | buy on artist’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Roomet Jakapi/Mart Soo «Ärkvelsilm» (Jakapi-Soo 2017)

album trailer on BandCamp

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Atom String Quartet «Seifert» (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation CD-FZS-1)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on CdBaby | Polish Radio’s podcast on the album (in Polish)

Paweł Brodowski comments:
The Atom String Quartet, one of the greatest jazz string quartets in the world, has recorded an album dedicated fully to the music of the legendary violin player Zbigniew Seifert (1946 – 1979) giving his compositions a new spin with their inspired improvisations and refreshing arrangements. A masterpiece.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

The Selva «The Selva» (Clean Feed)

buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Django Bates And The FDR Big Band Saluting «Sgt. Pepper» (Edition Record)

Release scheduled for July 7, so far only trailer on YouTube и one track available on BandCamp

Mike Flynn comments:
A superb example of cross-European cooperation at its finest – resulting in a stunning jazz take on this iconic rock album as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

LRK Trio «If You Have A Dream» (Butman Music Records)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on the artists’ website

Anna Filipieva comments:
The sophomore release by Moscow-based LRK Trio, which cryptic name is an acronym of the member’s last names: pianist Evgeny Lebedev, bassist Anton Revnyuk, and drummer Ignat Kravtsov. The group managed to somehow avoid the second album syndrome, thinking outside the box of both “jazz piano trio” and “power trio” cliches and never letting the listener to forget that, yes, the trio members grew up with both jazz and Russian classical heritage in their veins, but they remained also a 21st century band with a very modernistic sound.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway/Denmark):

Gonçalo Almeida/Rodrigo Amado/Marco Franco «The Attic» (NoBusiness Records)

one track on YouTube | album on BandCamp (CD from Luthuanian label NoBusiness Records) | album on BandCamp (limited release in the trendy compact cassette format from British label Tombed Visions) | buy on Discogs
Jan Granlie comments:
This is a record that draws the story from the “real guys of the 60s” into our time, which then delivers to the degrees. This is a trio that should be booked all around Europe and presented to anyone who has at least a little bit of interest in improvised music. A fantastic and very honest record, with Coltrane and Sanders in the back of the saxophone player’s head. The best so far, this year!

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Nils Wogram Root 70 «Luxury Habits» (nWog / Edel:Kultur)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | album on the artist’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban «Sounding Tears» (Clean Feed)

buy in iTunes | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on the label’s website

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Patrick Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Verneri Pohjola «Pekka» (Edition Records)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music | album on the artist’s website | album on the label’s website

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Member Media News: Jazzthetik (Germany) May/June, 2017

Congratulations to Jazzthetik Magazine: the German jazz publication turned 30 on April 29!

Jazzthetik: May/June, 2017

Jazzthetik: May/June, 2017

In the May/June issue:

Open That Door! For singer Pat Appleton, the language is the key.
Growing. Thomas Siffling takes two more on board.
Shall we dance? Sebastian Gramss invites for a slowfox.
Weaving the threads. Rhiannon Giddens researches the textures of American music.
A fleet of two. Marialy Pacheco recorded louder duets.
In the inner garden. Markus Stockhausen and the intuitive music.
Regardless. Drummer Christian Lillinger sets ambitious goals.
Open Questions. Trumpet player Avishai Cohen muses on his role as a musician.
Mealtime! In Max Andrzejewski’s hut all is set up.
Metamorphosis. Youn Sun Nah is changing through her singing.
Meeting Again. Ron Carter meets Richard Galliano and turns 80 soon.
Germs Dance. With Hans Lüdemann in the Black Lights District.
Inside Out. Stephan Crump reveals his innermost.
Gamelan-Wellness. Andreas Tschopp and his sound spa.
Tried and True. Koss Pro4AA still the classics among headphones.
Make it Simple. Triosence cultivate the courage to settle down.
Heart Attack. Helge Schneider and Pete York as cardio surgeons.
Fire Flower.  Yelena Eckemoff and the game of fragrances and memories.
Framework. Joachim Kühn presents his works as a painter.
Magic Carpet. Quadro Nuevo and Cairo Steps make it together.
Friends Reunite. Angelika Niescier meets her friends from Iceland.
Come Out! Bassist Joe Fonda to step out of the comfort zone.
Dance With Franz. The Oh!chestra brings Schubert to the disco.
Lithe. Sting’s guitarist Dominic Miller sees J.S. Bach as musical yoga.
Zen’d. Eric Schaefer and his deep love to Japan.
Stray Sounds. Kari Ikonen records his new album here and there.
More Serious Fun. Tobias Hoffmann surfing in slow motion (on humor and seriousness.)
Subversive. Arto Lindsay between slogans and winks.
Also This Side of Africa. Les Amazones d’Afrique fight for women rights.
To Sun, to Freedom. Philipp Gropper’s Philm stars with Sun Ship.
Master of Sound. Associates bring back the memories of Walter Quintus.
READ MUSIC!

Europe Jazz Media Chart, May 2017

One of the earliest initiatives of EJM is the Europe Jazz Media Chart: a non-sales-related chart that reveals some of the hot new music surfacing across the globe right now. Some contributors also add their comments, explaining their choice.

Anne Yven, Citizen Jazz (France):

Eve Risser / Benjamin Duboc / Edward Perraud – En Corps «Generation» (Dark Tree)

album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Discogs | album on label’s website

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Arve Henriksen «Towards Language» (Rune Grammofon)

Release on May 5 | listen on SoundCloud | album on label’s website

Lars Mossefinn comments:
Another milestone from Arve Henriksen. The trumpet tone, the transparency, the communication, the magic – it’s all there.

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

China Moses «Nightintales» (MPS)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required) | album on label’s website (track preview available)

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Trondheim Jazzorkester & Skrap «Antropocen» (Forlaget Fanfare)

buy on iTunes | trailer on Vimeo | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Tidal (registration required) | album on artist’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Harris Eisenstadt «Recent Developments» (Songlines Recordings)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required) | buy on Discogs | album on label’s website

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Gonçalo Almeida / Rodrigo Amado / Marco Franco «The Attic» (NoBusiness Records)

album on BandCamp (CD from Lituanian label NoBusiness Records) | another BandCamp page (trendy limited release on compact cassette from UK-based Tombed Visions) | buy on Discogs

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (UK):

Andrew McCormack «Graviton» (Jazz Village)

Release on May 5 | trailer on YouTube

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Guyvoronsky / Kondakov / Volkov / Kazakov «Don’t Talk About Love…» (Bomba-Piter Inc.)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on label’s website

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway / Denmark):

Enrico Pieranunzi / Mads Vinding / Alex Riel «Yesterdays» (Stunt Records)

Released on Danish label Stunt Records, the 1997 live recording by Mads Vinding Trio is so far unavailable in digital formats; the label’s website not updated since 2015

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Akku Quintet «Aeon» (Morpheus / Broken Silence)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Нидерланды):

Samuel Rohrer «Range of Regularity» (Arjunamusic)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | one track on SoundCloud

Henning Bolte comments:
It should be clear that Rohrer is not just imitating beat-driven forms of pop music or using it to embellish and pimp up jazz formats. He has developed his very own procedures and aesthetics to create a new form of captivating music that is consequently built from the deeper grounds of rhythm and drumming opening up truly new dimensions. The aesthetics is also found in the remarkable visual design of the album covers of his own Arjuna Music label. The music draws in listeners strongly, into an intense sound world all its own. What you hear will be unfamiliar, attractive, comforting, strange, disconcerting. It might remind the listener of the (re-) sounding world of our blood circulation. It is as mysterious and as fascinating as that.

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Patrick Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

China Moses «Nightintales» (MPS)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required) | album on label’s website (track preview available)

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Дания):

Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble « Monk Dreams, Hallucinations And Nightmares » (Red Piano)

buy on Amazon | buy on CDbaby (track preview available)| buy on artist’s website

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Memo: Europe Jazz Media Meeting in Bremen, April 28, 2017

Members of the Europe Jazz Media initiative met in Bremen, Germany, during the 12th jazzahead! trade fair and exhibition on April 28, 2017. These regular meetings during jazzahead! have been made possible by the kind cooperation of jazzahead! press service (personal thanks to Katharina Busch.)

The meeting was attended by Christine Stefan (Jazzthetik, Germany,) Jon Newey (Jazzwise, U.K.,) Cim Meyer (Jazz Special, Denmark,) Madli-Liis Parts (Muusika, Estonia, who served as the Europe Jazz Media coordinator in 2010-2013,) Patrik Sandberg (Orkester Journalen, Sweden,) Cyril Moshkow (Jazz.Ru, Russia, current EJM coordinator,) Stefano Zucchiatti (Europe Jazz Network communication manager) and Reza Ackbaraly (former program manager at Mezzo TV, currently starting up a new TV music distribution company, Auditorium films.) Jazz Forum’s Paweł Brodowski, Giornale della Musica‘s Luca Vitali, and Salt Peanuts‘ Jan Granlie were not attending jazzahead! this year.

EJM meeting in Bremen

EJM meeting in Bremen: Cim Meyer, Madli Parts, Cyril Moshkow, Jon Newey, Patrik Sandberg, Stefano Zucciatti, Christine Stefan, Reza Ackbaraly

The members shared their experience in the changing landscape of the modern media, which varied from country to country. We also reviewed the EJM initiatives over the last five years, and planned to expand them.

Our next meetings may happen in Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the European Jazz Conference on September 21-24, 2017, and/or in St.Petersburg, Russia, during the St.Petersburg International Culture Forum on November 16-18, 2017. We are also looking forward to meeting at the next jazzahead! on April 19-22, 2018.

A more detailed memo was sent to all members. Thank you for a great meeting, and see you next time!

Europe Jazz Media meeting at Jazzahead!-2017 in Bremen, April 28

Dear members of Europe Jazz Media who attend Jazzahead! in Bremen on April 27-30,
our meeting is at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28.

We meet in front of the exhibition office at the Hall 6 foyer.
We also encourage jazz media professionals not yet participating in Europe Jazz Media to join the meeting!
For more details, contact EJM coordinator Cyril Moshkow, of Jazz.Ru Magazine (email / Facebook).

Suggestions for agenda, questions to discuss, etc. – gratefully appreciated via all communication channels.

JAZZAHEAD!

Europe Jazz Media Chart, April 2017

One of the earliest initiatives of EJM is the Europe Jazz Media Chart: a non-sales-related chart that reveals some of the hot new music surfacing across the globe right now. Some contributors also add their comments, explaining their choice.

Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Kevin Hays New Day Trio «North» (Sunnyside)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs | album on the artist’s website (track preview available)| album on the label’s website

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Erlend Apneseth «Nattsongar» (Heilo)

Release on April 7 | preorder on iTunes | trailer on Vimeo | trailer on YouTube

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Thomas Siffling «Flow» (Jazznarts Records)

Release on April 21 | preorder on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Discogs | buy on the label’s website

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Eve Risser / Benjamin Duboc / Edward Perraud – En Corps «Generation» (Dark Tree)

album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Kira Skov – Maria Faust «In the Beginning» (RareNoiseRecords)

Release on May 12 | trailer on YouTube

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet «December Avenue» (ECM)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website (tracks preview available)

Paweł Brodowski comments:
Recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France in June 2016, „December Avenue” is Tomasz Stanko’s 12th album released by ECM, and his second outing with the New York Quartet, following „Wislawa” (2012). The lineup includes David Virelles on piano and Gerlad Cleaver on drums, Reuben Rogers replaces Thomas Morgan on bass. The new CD, built mostly on ballads and displaying the trumpeter’s characteristic wistful sound, is permeated by pensive, dream-like mood.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Eve Risser / Benjamin Duboc / Edward Perraud – En Corps «Generation» (Dark Tree)

album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (UK):

Denys Baptiste «The Late Trane» (Edition Records)

Release on June 16 | album trailer on BandCamp | album on the artist’s website (tracks preview available)

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Yury Markin / Alexey Kruglov «On a Large Scale» (FancyMusic)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer / purchase on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

Anna Filipieva comments:
The song titles sound rather technical, but they hide an abundance of colors, textures, and impressions from veteran composer Yuri Markin, the survivor of the Soviet jazz big band scene. Markin’s music from the 1970s and 80s, as performed currently by saxophonist Alexey Kruglov’s 20-piece Krugly Band (plus horn player Arkady Shilkloper as featured soloist,) rip apart the standard jazz forms from inside, as those forms are too narrow for it.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):

Willem Breuker Kollektief «Out of The Box» (BVHaast)

buy on Discogs

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Roberto Bonati / Bjergsted Jazz Ensemble «Nor Sea, Nor Land, Nor Salty Waves – A Nordic Story» (ParmaFrontiere)

trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Matt Mitchell «Matt Mitchell plays Tim Berne: Førage» (Screwgun)

Release on July 2 | album trailer on BandCamp | Release details on the label’s website

Henning Bolte comments:
Listening to the pieces you could be torn between following the mountain stream and wanting to discern familiar elements, lines, shapes and architecture. The best approach is to abandon search for the familiar, and to immerse oneself as deeply as possible in the movements of the music first and finally getting satisfied by an apprehension of the gestalt that crystallizes in that kind of rewarding interaction. It is facilitated then by the clear articulation, flow and conclusiveness of the music.

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Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Konrad Agnas/Johan Graden/Per Texas Johansson «Bakgrundsmusik» (Bakgrundsmusik)

trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, March 2017

One of the earliest initiatives of EJM is the Europe Jazz Media Chart: a non-sales-related chart that reveals some of the hot new music surfacing across the globe right now. Some contributors also add their comments, explaining their choice.

Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Ballrogg «Abaft The Beam» (Clean Feed)

buy in iTunes | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | buy on Discogs | release on label’s website

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Anne Yven, Citizen Jazz (France):

Kim Myhr «Bloom» (Hubro)

buy in iTunes | one track on SoundCloud | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs | release on label’s website

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Craig Taborn «Daylight Ghosts» (ECM)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Discogs | release on label’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Harriet Tubman «Araminta» (Sunnyside Records)

buy in iTunes | release trailer on BandCamp | release on label’s website

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Tetterapadequ «Pangatuna» (For Tune)

release trailer on BandCamp | buy on Discogs | release on label’s website

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Kuba Więcek Trio «Another Raindrop – Polish Jazz vol. 78» (Polskie Nagrania)

album release scheduled in March | trailer on YouTube | trailer on SoundCloud

Paweł Brodowski comments:
Kuba Więcek Trio “Another Raindrop” is the newest addition to the revered series “Polish Jazz”. It is a debut release by the sensational 22-year old alto saxophonist with his trio including his favorite partners: Michał Barański on bass and Łukasz Żyta on drums. Inspired improvisations, great interplay. The album features almost exclusively the leader’s original compositions, except George Shearing’s “Conception”.

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Binker & Moses «Journey To The Mountain of Forever» (Gearbox Records)

(new album by drummer Binker Golding and saxophonist Moses Boyd is scheduled for release in May)

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Leonid Vintskevich, Steve Kershaw, Nick Vintskevich «Under a Different Sky» (SLAM Records)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway/Denmark):

Joëlle Léandre « A Woman’s Work » (Not Two Records)

buy on Discogs | release on label’s website

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Hanno Busch Trio «Share This Room» (Frutex Tracks / Soulfood)

trailer on YouTube | release trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music | buy on Discogs | release on label’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Daniel Herskedal «The Roc» (Edition Records)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | release trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Thundercat «Drunk» (Brainfeeder)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | release trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud | buy on Amazone | buy on Google.Play

Patrik Sandberg comments:
Composer and basist Thundercat (born Stephen Bruner) teams up with Flying Lotus with a strong timeless album (23 tracks) that combines jazzfusion, electronica, soul, r&b and rock. Again as his previous albums the structures are loose and frenetic but with a clear direction and will attract all sort of listeners, the music gives substance with a kind injecting mindfulness that whets the appetite.

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Will Vinson «Perfectly Out Of Place» (5Passion)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | buy on CDbaby | release on the artist’s website

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, February 2017

One of the earliest initiatives of EJM is the Europe Jazz Media Chart: a non-sales-related chart that reveals some of the hot new music surfacing across the globe right now. Some contributors also add their comments, explaining their choice.

Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Morten Schantz «Godspeed» (Edition)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp

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Anne Yven, Citizen Jazz (France):

Plaistow «Live at Bimhuis» (DYFL)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | album on the artists’ website

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Zeno De Rossi «Zenophilia» (Auand)

one track on YouTube | album on the label’s website

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Theo Bleckmann «Elegy» (ECM)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | album on the artist’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Эстония):

Theo Bleckmann «Elegy» (ECM)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | album on the artist’s website

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Rova Orkestrova «No Favorites! – For Lawrence ‘Butch’ Morris» (New World Records)

buy on iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Anna Maria Jopek & Gonzalo Rubalcaba «Minione» (Universal Music Polska)

buy on iTunes | YouTube trailer 1 | YouTube trailer 2 | listen on Yandex.Music

Paweł Brodowski comments:
Famous Polish singer Anna Maria Jopek’s new album is a collection of haunting pre-WWII Polish tangos performed with a trio of Cuban piano icon Gonzalo Rubalcaba – a bridge between Polish, Cuban, Jewish, Argentinian and American cultures.

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Chris Thile And Brad Mehldau «Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau» (Nonesuch)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | album on the label’s website

Anna Filipieva comments:
The 2CD duo album by pianist Mehldau and singing mandolin player Thile contradicts the theory that one plus one equals two. Instead, it rather states than one plus one equals quite a lot, although ultimately exactly as much as needed to reach the universal harmony.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):

Spunk «Still Eating Ginger Bread for Breakfast» (Rune Grammofon RCD 2188)

buy on iTunes | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Andreas Schaerer «The Big Wig» (ACT)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Spotify (registration required)

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Kiki Manders «Love Is Yours Is Mine» (Unit Records)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | album on the label’s website

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Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Angles9 «Disappeared behind The Sun » (Clean Feed)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Eyolf Dale «Wolf Valley» (Edition)

buy on iTunes | трейлер на YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Erik Løkra Volunteer Quartet «Steady Bear» (Just for The Records)

buy on iTunes | album trailer on SoundCloud | buy on Amazon | listen on Spotify (registration required)

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, January 2017

One of the earliest initiatives of EJM is the Europe Jazz Media Chart: a non-sales-related chart that reveals some of the hot new music surfacing across the globe right now. Some contributors also add their comments, explaining their choice.
We welcome two new EJM Chart contributors, French publication Citizen Jazz and Portuguese outlet, Jazz.Pt!

Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (UK):

Led Bib «Umbrella Weather» (RareNoiseRecords)

buy in iTunes | live на YouTube

Mike Flynn comments:
Led Bib are one of the great bands to emerge from the UK in the last decade and have made a really strong come back album. They’re also playing a ton of tour dates so very much back in action.

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Arsenal «Live in Tallinn’74» (ArtBeat Music)

Collectible vinyl LP + CD | NEW: Jazz.Ru Podcast with two tracks from the album, by Cyril Moshkow

Anna Filipieva comments:
This unique live recording of a 1974 performance was miraculously preserved in Tallinn, where saxophonist Alexey Kozlov played with his Moscow-based jazz-rock group Arsenal. This is a limited, collectible edition, but its significance as of a curious document from the Soviet jazz history cannot be underestimated.

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Kamil Piotrowicz Sextet «Popular Music» (Hevhetia)

buy in iTunes | listen on SoundCloud | album trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music

Paweł Brodowski comments:
The second outing on the Slovak label Hevhetia of the young Polish pianist and visionary composer Kamil Piotrowicz with his incredible sextet playing original music reminiscent somewhat of the ’60s avant garde scores of Krzysztof Komeda.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):

Orter Eparg «Orter Eparg» (Øra fonogram)

listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required) | buy in Discogs

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Johannes Enders / Jürgen Geiger «In Paradisum» (Yellobird / Soulfood)

buy in iTunes | buy in Google Play | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on artist’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Eva Klesse Quartett «Obenland» (Enja)

buy in iTunes | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | трейлер на YouTube

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Donny McCaslin «Beyond Now» (Motéma)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | album on artist’s website | album on label’s website

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Oddjob «Oddjob plays Weather Report» (Amigo/Cosmos Music)

buy in iTunes | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Yandex.Music |buy in Google Play

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Thomas Clausen/Francesco Cali «The Voyage» (Stunt)

album on artist’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp «Live in Sant’Anna Arresi 2004» (AUM Fidelity)

buy in iTunes | listen on Spotify (registration required) | one track on SoundCloud | album on label’s website

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Mary Halvorson Octet «Away with You» (Firehouse 12 Records)

listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on BandCamp | one track on YouTube | buy on Discogs

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Nuova Camerata «Chant» (Improvising Beings)

album on BandCamp

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Dag Arnesen Trio «Pentagon Tapes» (Losen Records)

album on label’s website

Lars Mossefinn comments:
Dag Arnesen is back with a new trio and some new original material. This record highlights both Arnesen the melodic improviser and the truly original composer.

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Anne Yven, Citizen Jazz (France):

Keiji Haino / Jozef Dumoulin / Teun Verbruggen «The Miracles Of Only One Thing» (Sub Rosa)

|pre-order the CD in Forced Exposure (U.S.)

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