Europe Jazz Media Chart, November 2016

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.

Jon Newey, Jazzwise (U.K.):

Dinosaur «Together, As One» (Edition)

buy on iTunes | | album on BandCamp (preview available) | listen on Spotify (free, registration required)

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Art Ensemble Of Arkhangelsk feat Tim Dorofeev & Anatoly Vapirov «Live at Varna Summer 2016» (ArtBeat Music)

Anna Filipieva’s notes:
«This live recording was made during the concert set that the Soviet New Jazz legend, saxophonost Anatoly Vapirov, played with Art Ensemble from Arkhangelsk, Russia, led by guitarist Tim Dorofeyev, at the Varna Summer Jazz Festival in Bulgaria, which Vapirov was producing for more than two decades. The sound leaves much to be desired, as it happens with many live recordings, bt the music that was performed that night seemed very appealing to me.»

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Dorota Miśkiewicz «Piano.Pl» (Universal)

Paweł Brodowski notes:
«Recorded live on May 16, 2016 at Teatr Roma, Warsaw, now released on CD and DVD, this unique album features singer Dorota Miśkiewicz in duos with 12 apostles of Polish jazz piano, representing three different generations: Michał Tokaj, Andrzej Jagodziński, Bogdan Hołownia, Leszek Możdżer, Piotr Orzechowski “Pianohooligan”, Marcin Wasilewski, Krzysztof Herdzin, Dominik Wania, Grzegorz Turnau, Włodzimierz Nahorny, Lustosławski Piano Duo, supported by the Atom String Quartet in several pieces. The songs include compositions by Komeda, Namysłowski, Nahorny and… Chopin.»

buy on iTunes | album on artist’s website | listen on Yandex.Music (free) | one track on YouTube

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):

Gabriele Mitelli / Pasquale Mirra «Water Stress» (Caligola Records)

buy on iTunes | listen on Spotify (free, registration required) | trailer on YouTube

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Andrew Cyrille Quartet «The Declaration of Musical Independence» (ECM / Universal)

buy on iTunes | album on the label’s website (preview available)

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra «Les Deux Versants se Regardent» (Clean Feed)

album trailer on YouTube | album trailer on Vimeo | album on artists’ website | one track on SoundCloud

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Dave Holland/Lionel Loueke/Chris Potter/Eric Harland «Aziza» (Dare2 Records)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | album on the artist’s website | one track on SoundCloud

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Esbjörn Svensson Trio «E.S.T. Symphony» (ACT)

buy on iTunes | трейлер на YouTube | album on the label’s website

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Martin Bejerano «Trio Miami» (Figgland Records)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on CdBaby

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Geir Sundstøl «Langen ro» (Hubro)

buy on iTunes | трейлер на YouTube | слушать на Spotify | trailer on SoundCloud | album on the label’s websiteа

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.Pt (Португалия):

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone «Sélébéyone» (Pi Recordings)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble «Kurzsam and Fulger» (HUBRO)

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

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, October 2016

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 (UK):

Dave Holland/Lionel Loueke/Chris Potter/Eric Harland «Aziza» (Dare2 Records)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | on the artitsts’ website | one track on SoundCloud

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Victoria Kaunova – Ilya Morozov featuring Alex Sipiagin «The First!» (Butman Music)

Anna Filipieva’s notes: «This album, recorded by singer Victoria Kaunova and alto sax player Ilya Morozov, is an outstanding illustration of the idea that, if you want your straigh-ahead jazz to really and consistently boil, it is important to pour in fresh forces regularly… and not to conserve it, by all means!»

buy on iTunes | album trailer on YouTube

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Andrzej Trzaskowski Quintet «Polish Jazz vol. 4 (1965)» (Polskie Nagrania/Warner Music Poland)

Paweł Brodowski’s notes: «Remastered and rereleased now on CD and vinyl “The Andrzej Trzaskowski Quintet” is considered one of the milestones of  Polish Jazz. Composer, arranger, pianist and bandleader was in his time a figure of equal importance as Krzysztof Komeda. This album, recorded one year before Komeda’s “Astigmatic” and featuring young trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, is an example of his visionary conception that expanded the frontiers of European jazz ».

album on the label’s website | listen to enture album on YouTube

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):

Carsten Dahl Experience «Caleidoscopia» (Storyville)

buy on iTunes | listen on Yandex,Music | one track on YouTube | album on the label’s website (preview available)

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Nicole Johänntgen «Henry» (No label, no distributor. Direct sale)

trailer on YouTube | akbum on the artist’s website (preview available)

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Boi Akih «Liquid Songs» (Trytone)

album trailer on YouTube | аlbum on the artist’s website (preview available)

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Martti Vesala «Helsinki Soundpost» (Ozella)

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

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Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone «Sélébéyone» (Pi Recordings)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Matt Slocum «Trio Pacific, vol. 1» (Chandra Records)

album on the artist’s website (preview available) | album trailer on BandCamp

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Picidae «It’s Another Wor D» (NorCD)

buy on iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify | listen on Tidal (free; registration required)

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Tigran Hamasyan / Arve Henriksen / Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang «Atmosphères» (ECM Records)

buy on iTunes | trailer on Vimeo | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website (preview available)

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone «Sélébéyone» (Pi Recordings)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website

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How to Make an Improv Orchestra in Shanghai: an Experience Overview

by Roman Stolyar
for Jazz.Ru Magazine
(see original Russian text)

There was an early March morning of the year 2015 when I got a message from Swiss company Swatch – and this message started the story. By the message, my staying at Swatch art residency was confirmed; it was said that they were looking forward to my appearance in Shanghai in April 2016. The period of staying was three months; the place of staying was luxurious Swatch Art Peace Hotel resided in The Bund, the fanciest area of Shanghai. The purpose of my staying was, as I applied for, to create an improvising orchestra uniting musicians from various music spheres. Series of workshops were planned for developing common music language and establishing deep liaison between orchestra participants allowing them to create music in real time without any pre-agreement, score or conducting.

Having one year prior to the visit seemed quite enough; nevertheless, I decided to act immediately. Firstly, I tried to use official channels to establish contacts with Shanghai music institutions, but it didn’t work – neither Shanghai Conservatory of Music, nor local jazz school responded to my requests. Luckily, while searching for contacts in Internet, I suddenly found an essay on music scene in China written by American pianist and musicologist Tobin Chodos. It was clear that he knew the subject much better than me, so I decided to ask his help – and he replied to my email in two hours with a list of important contacts in Shanghai, though we never met. Since that moment the real preparation of my trip got started. Through exchanging emails with Shanghainese musicians, I found two important things. First was that my project caused their interest, so there was obviously a chance to gather people for that. Second was that my project fitted the interests of JZ School, the most active jazz school in Shanghai; they were going to open a new campus and considered my project as a promotional tool and an addition to the JZ School regular educational program. That’s why they agreed to allow our orchestra gatherings in nice and cozy concert hall resided in the new JZ School building.

Finally, a year after, I arrived in Shanghai. It was the 2nd of April, and Waitan riverbank was crowded as always despite of goring outside. Shanghai is a weird mixture of East and West: the pedestrian area of East Nanjing Road seems quite similar to Times Square, but make few dozens steps aside – and you are in calm Chinese province with its small shops and the omnipresent smell of street food. Almost any kind of music can be found here: you can find hard rock and ethnic music in Mao Live House, rhythm’n’blues and reggae in Cotton Club, dance parties in 1920s style in Le Petite Fontaine, hip hop and electronic music in Shelter… And, of course, there are many venues for jazz music here: Heyday, The Pearl, Wooden Box, and – the most known – JZ Club which is now in the process of moving .

However, there is no single venue for free improv in Shanghai, and examples of freely improvised music are very few. Some musicians, though, tried to play this kind of music, but it didn’t go well: it seems there is no place for experiments in the commercially oriented atmosphere of this city. Besides, all musicians are busy as hell here – they are not as many as needed for clubs, bars and outdoor shows in the city populated by 24 million people. Musicians from all over the world work here: I met Spanish, Germans, Israeli, Australians, Russians, Ukrainians playing jazz here (and jazz is not the only kind of music they can play, otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to survive). And Americans, too. Alec Haavik, one of the most well-known jazz musicians in Shanghai (and not only because of his height and exotic look – he likes wearing bright and extravagant costumes), is one of them. Moved in Shanghai eleven years ago, he became a true engine of local jazz scene. His activity is beyond any borders: he plays in most of local jazz groups, teaches jazz saxophone and leads his own big band performing, among others, original pieces composed and arranged by him.

Alec Haavik

Alec Haavik

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, September 2016

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.):

Andre Canniere «The Darkening Blue» (Whirlwind Recordings)

album trailer on YouTube | album on the artit’s website | album on the label’s website (track fragments preview available)

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Maciej Fortuna «Jazz» (Fortuna Music)

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

Anna Filipieva notes: “Although the track titles are quite fun, Polish trumpet player Maciej Fortuna’s album sounds astoudingly goolmy. However, at times the play of these shades of gloom is full of beauty.”

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Zbigniew Namysłowski Quintet «Polish jazz – YES!» (Polskie Nagrania/Warner Music Poland)

album on the label’s website | album trailer on YouTube

Paweł Brodowski’s notes: “A long awaited new album by Poland’s legendary saxophonist Zbigniew Namysłowski is both a confirmation and manifesto. Yes, indeed, there is as Polish jazz with its distinctive flavor and Namysłowski is one of its originators and great proponents. „Polish jazz – YES!” is a striking new addition to the recently reactivated cult series “Polish Jazz” from the Polskie Nagrania catalogue, now owned by Warner Music Poland.
Eleven original compositions – based on folk­like motifs, with complicated metrical structures but accessible melodies – feature inspired improvising by all members of the quintet. Released both on CD and vinyl as vol. 77 coinciding with Zbigniew’s 77th birthday.”

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):

Mary Halvorson «Meltframe» (Firehouse Records)

buy on iTunes | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Bandcamp (track preview) | listen on Deezer (free; registration required)

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Tuule Kann – Jaak Sooäär «Teisele Kaldale / To The Other Side» (Tutl)

buy on iTunes | one track on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Deezer (free; registration required) | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website (track fragments preview available

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Jakob Bro, Thomas Morgan, Joey Baron«Streams» (ECM)

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

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Steps Ahead «Steppin’ Out» (Jazzline/Delta Music)

buy on iTunes | album trailer on YouTube | album on the label’s websiteа

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Circadia «Advances and delays» (Sofa)

listen on SoundCloud | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Ellen Andersson Quartet «I’ll Be Seeing You» (Prophone)

Swedish singer Ellen Anderson’s album release scheduled for September 16one track on YouTube

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Live Maria Roggen «Apokaluptein» (Kirkelig kulturverksted)

| one track on YouTube | two tracks on Deezer (free; registration required) | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Will Calhoun «Celebrating Elvin Jones» (Motéma Music)

buy on iTunes | album trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Deezer (free; registration required) | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Tigran Hamasyan «Atmospheres» (ECM Records)

buy on iTunes | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website (tracks preview available)

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, August 2016

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 (UK):

Tori Freestone Trio «El barranco» (Whirlwind Recordings)

listen on Yandex.Music | buy on label’s website

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Bill Evans «Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest» (Resonance Records)

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

Jazz.Ru Magazine comments:

Previosly unknown, these trio recordings of the great pianist sat in the studio owner’s strongbox in Schwarzwald since they were made in 1968. A new Bill Evans Trio is a sensation… though a rather quiet one, as it’s still Bill Evans.

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Katarzyna Borek «Space In Between» (Bitt 005)

buy on artist’s website | listen on SoundCloud | album trailer on YouTube | buy on Bandcamp (track fragments preview available)

Paweł Brodowski comments: 

Katarzyna Borek is a young classical Polish pianist working her way to the jazz orbit. Her newest solo album is unique, it has no precedence.
She took the works of 20th centrury composers (including Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Rodrigo, John Cage, Arvo Paert, Craig Armstrong) enriching them with the sounds from space (registered by Voyager sent into space ba NASA in 1977).

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):

Cherry / Tchicai / Schweizer / Francioli / Favre «Musical Monsters» (Intakt)

buy on label’s website (track preview available)

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Mats Eilertsen «Rubicon» (ECM)

buy in iTunes | buy on YouTube | buy on artist’s website | buy on label’s website (track preview available)

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Nederlands):

Pugs & Crows & Tony Wilson «Everyone Knows Everyone 1, 2» (Phonometrograph)

buy in iTunes | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Bandcamp | one track on YouTube | buy on label’s website (track preview available)

Henning Bolte comments:

This album sounds like good music should sound. Grounded, great consistency, entrancing beauty, elevating. Highly enjoyable in continued repeat mode.

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Cuong Vu «Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny» (Nonesuch)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | buy on Spotify | buy on label’s website (track preview available)

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

The Impossible Gentlemen «Let’s Get Deluxe» (Basho)

buy in iTunes | buy on artists’ website | buy on label’s website | buy on JazzCD | one track on YouTube

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Ole Matthiessen «Flashbacks & Dedications» (Stunt Records)

buy in iTunes

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Bly De Blyant «The Third Bly de Blyant Album» (Hubro)

buy in iTunes | buy on Spotify | buy on label’s website | trailer on SoundCloud

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Tyshawn Sorey «The Inner Spectrum of Variables» (Pi Recordings)

buy in iTunes | buy on Bandcamp | buy on label’s website | listen on Last.FM

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Life and Other Transient Storms «Life and Other Transient Storms» (Clean Feed)

buy in iTunes | buy on Spotify | buy on Amazon | buy on label’s website

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, July 2016

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 (UK):

Dinosaur «Together, As One» (Edition)

album on the label’s website

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Oleg Kireyev & Keith Javors «The Meeting» (Inarhyme Records)

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

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Włodek Pawłik «4 Works 4 Orchestra» (Fonografika)

album on the label’s website | album on the artist’s website (tracks’ fragments preview available)

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):

I.P.A. «I Just Did Say Something» (Cuneiform)

buy on iTunes | buy on Amazon | listen on Bandcamp | album on the label’s website

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Monika Roscher Bigband «Of Monsters and Birds» (Enja Records/Soulfood)

buy on iTunes | album trailer on YouTube | listen on Bandcamp | buy on Amazon

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Нидерланды):

Red Trio &amp John Butcher «Summer Skyshift» (Clean Feed)

buy on iTunes | ilsten for free on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify | album on the label’s website

Henning Bolte notes:
– The performance of this Anglo-Lusophile unit (where the album was recorded live. – EJM) became a shadowy flickering and thundering affair, “a passage through a mystic corridor of the universe”… Butcher played totally in service of the trio’s approach what revealed some special, even unfamiliar sonic sides of him… (from Henning’s London Jazz News concert review)

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Miroslav Vitous «Music of Weather Report» (ECM)

buy on iTunes | buy on Amazon | listen on Spotify | album on the label’s website

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Pete McCann «Range» (Whirlwind Records)

buy on iTunes | listen on Spotify | album on the label’s website (tracks’ fragments preview available)

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Arild Andersen «The Rose Window» (Intuition)

buy on iTunes | listen on Spotify | album on the distributor’s website – Challenge Records (tracks’ fragments preview available) | listen on Deezer (free; registration required)

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Esa Pietilä «Times & Spaces» (Eclipse Music)

listen for free on Yandex.Music | album on Bandcamp | album on the artist’s website (tracks preview available)

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Cristiano Calcagnile «Multikulti Cherry On» (Caligola)

trailer on YouTube | album on the label’s website

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Forthcoming Summer Jazz Festivals in… UK +

The new Europe Jazz Media initiative: once every season, our writers recommend forthcoming jazz festivals in their country or region and share their recommendations with the readers of all member media!


Mike Flynnby Mike Flynn, Jazzwise,
for Europe Jazz Media

GLASGOW JAZZ FESTIVAL 22-26 JUNE

GLASGOW JAZZ FESTIVAL

The 30th edition of this top fest offers everything from trad and Dixie to free jazz, northern soul, world music, blues and hip hop crossovers. Names announced so far include George Benson, Soweto Kinch and the Darius Brubeck Quartet. Chief among the headliners will be an opening night concert from jazz guitar giant George Benson at Royal Concert Hall, while high caliber trio Fly, comprised of saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, appear at key festival venue, the Old Fruit Market. The programme balances established stars, new names and local jazz talent across the week – including Soweto Kinch (Saint Luke’s, 22 June), Pee Wee Ellis (Old Fruit Market, 23 June), Darius Brubeck Quartet (Recital Room, 23 June), the Scottish German Jazz Collective (City of Music Studio, 23 June) and the Ryan Quigley Big Band featuring Hamish Stuart (Old Fruit Market, 24 June). Another highlight of the weeklong line-up is sure to be LA sax colossus Kamasi Washington who stops off at the Queen Margaret Union on Monday 27 June as part of his UK tour. The festival also features a special ‘30 under 30’ strand as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, which will highlight ‘a collection of young Scottish Jazz musicians making waves in the global music scene’ – many of whom will appear at the festival. Further artists so far confirmed include US vibes virtuoso Joe Locke; acclaimed pianist Kit Downes with his feisty group Enemy; leading Scottish pianists David Newton and Euan Stevenson in a duo; while American blues rock guitar star Joe Bonamassa closes the festival in emphatic style on 3 July at the Clyde Auditorium.
Full programme details and further updates

MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL 22-31 JULY

MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL

The 21st edition of the Manchester Jazz Festival runs from 22 until 31 July, with 88 gigs at key venues and jazz clubs around the city and at the central Festival Pavilion in Albert Square. Known for its innovative blend of quality international headliners, original commissions and new talent, this year’s 10-day programme includes a headline appearance by Anglo-American supergroup The Impossible Gentlemen, who launch their new album, Let’s Get Deluxe, at the RNCM Theatre on 26 July, with the band featuring the expanded five-piece line-up of guitarist Mike Walker, pianist Gwilym Simcock, bassist Steve Rodby, drummer Adam Nussbaum and newly-recruited multi-reedist Iain Dixon. The RNCM also plays host to this year’s Irwin Mitchell MJF Originals commission, this year composed by Beats & Pieces bandleader Ben Cottrell. Entitled ‘New Seeing’, the work receives its world première. Inspired by Stan Getz’s influential and classic album, Focus, the piece is orchestrated for trumpet (played by Graham South), 12-piece string ensemble and double rhythm section. British sax titan Tim Garland brings his top-notch electric band of Ant Law, Jason Rebello and Asaf Sirkis to the festival and is one many diverse names performing at the Festival Pavilion, which also includes Empirical, Graham Massey’s Toolshed, Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project and the final night double bill of Perhaps Contraption and Abstract Orchestra.
A 10% discount on all tickets purchased via the festival website is available until 30 June.

UPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL 23-26 JUNE

UPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL

The 30th Upton-Upon-Severn Jazz Festival promises another packed programme this year with over 50 events planned and runs from the 25-28 June with a host of swing, jive and trad jazz bands on the bill. Highlights include the Alan Barnes Trio, Lamarotte, Enrico Tomasso, Keith Nichols, Enrico Tomasso, Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, Remi Harris and the Red Stripe Band. There will also be jazz jam sessions, jazz dance lessons and a Mardi Gras-style carnival parade.
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Europe Jazz Media Chart, June 2016

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.

Jon NeweyJazzwise (UK):

The Impossible Gentlemen «Let’s Get Deluxe» (Basho Records)

buy in iTunes | buy on Amazon | buy in JazzCD | album on the label’s website (one track review available)

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Anna FilipievaJazz.Ru (Russia):

Serge Golovnya Quintet «Touching the Sky» (Butman Music)

buy in iTunes | listen on Yandex.Music service | buy in Google Play

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Paweł BrodowskiJazz Forum (Poland):

Kuba Stankiewicz/ Peter Erskine/ Darek Oleszkiewicz «The Music of Bronisław Kaper» (Warner)


buy in iTunes (available only in Polish iTunes store) | listen on Spotify | buy digital (track fragments preview available)

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway):

Mats Gustafsson & Friends «Peace & Fire At Porgy & Bess» (Trost Records)

4-CD box set on the artist’s website | listen on Bandcamp

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Christine StephanJazzthetik (Germany):

Tobias Preisig & Stefan Rusconi «Levitation» (Qilin Records)

buy in iTunes | live на YouTube | album on Bandcamp | listen on Yandex.Music service

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Henning BolteJazzism (Netherlands):

Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble «Xabregas 10» (Clean Feed)

buy in iTunes | listen on Yandex.Music service | listen on Spotify

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Magnus Nygren Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Sven-Åke Johansson «Blended Box» (SÅJ Records)

buy 5-CD box set in SoundOhm store  | box set on the artist’s website

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Cim MeyerJazz Special (Denmark):

Wanja Slavin, Petter Eldh, Christian Lillinger & Peter Evans «Amok Amor» (Boomslang Records)

buy in iTunes | album trailer onYouTube | album on the label’s website (one track preview available)

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Lars MossefinnDag & Tid (Norway):

Significant Time «Regnbueponniens significante påskesang» (Periskop)

album on Spotify | buy in iTunes | album on the label’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Henry Threadgill «Old Locks and Irregular Verbs» (Pi Recordings)

buy in iTunes | album on Bandcamp | album on the label’s website

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Luca VitaliGiornale della Musica (Italy): 

Stian Westerhus «Amputation» (House Of Mythology)

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

Luca Vitali notes: «One of the most creative artists of the last years: so dark as usual, but also very unpredictable and  creative with voice, guitar and electronics.»

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

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Forthcoming Summer Jazz Festivals in… Germany, Austria, and Italian South Tyrol!

The new Europe Jazz Media initiative: once every season, our writers recommend forthcoming jazz festivals in their country or region and share their recommendations with the readers of all member media!


Martin LaurentiusBy Martin Laurentius, Jazz thing,
for Europe Jazz Media

June 23-26: JAZZ BALTICA, Timmendorfer Strand, Germany

The famed festival’s relocation was as gentle as the change of the artistic direction: when the Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren took over directing the Jazz Baltica in 2012, he also focused even more attention to the fact that Baltic Sea was a polyglot cultural area. For his 5th festival, he put on the program the likes of Iiro Rantala & Ulf Wakenius, the NDR Big Band with Polish violinist Adam Bałdych, and – a tradition – the Jazz Baltica All Stars. From the Baltic seashore, he also extends the view to other jazz regions, like southwestern Germany with the father-son duo Dauner // Dauner, or Anke Helfrich Trio with US trumpeter Tim Hagans, then to Cuba, with the NDR Big Band plus pianist Omar Sosa, and the European-American quartet Amok Amor.

Jazz Baltica

June 24 – July 03: SÜDTIROL JAZZFESTIVAL ALTO ADIGE, Südtirol, Italy

Okay, viewed from Berlin, South Tyrol (Südtirol in German, Alto Adige in Italian) is far away. But this ancient area along the Austrian/Italian border that was so often conquered and fought for in its history, is bound to be a place for a multi-stylistic festival. For many years, the organization team follows a concept that in times like today, with borders promptly closing, a few things is more important than ever: to build bridges, to ignore boundaries, and to involve other jazz cultures in Europe into conversation – Switzerland, Austria, and many other countries. The festival is not only using the regular concert halls, but setting unusual festival performance sites among the the rugged peaks of the South Tyrolean Alps. The Südtirol Jazz Festival Alto Adige makes the entire region a stunning backdrop for jazz and improvised music from entire Europe.

SÜDTIROL JAZZFESTIVAL ALTO ADIGE

July 08-17: JAZZOPEN, Stuttgart, Germany

For ten days, Baden-Wuerttemberg’s state capital Stuttgart is dominated by jazz music that overcomes the stylistic boundaries. Big stages, indoors and outdoors, are reserved for the international stars of jazz and pop – in 2016, among others, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Van Morrison and – once again in Stuttgart – Jamie Cullum. But the charm of JazzOpen is to be found elsewhere, and it’s Jazz Club Bix (on the picture). The intimate atmosphere of this club guarantees the audience a unique concert experience – this year, for example, with Nils Petter Molvær, Steps Ahead, or Christian Scott.

Jazzopen

August 11-13: BEZAU BEATZ, Bezau, Austria

Did you know Bezau as a jazz fan should? If not, then you should anchor this place in Austria’s westernmost province of Vorarlberg in your festival calendar. This is where the drummer Alfred Vogel lives. He has a few successful multicolored and multi-stylistic jazz projects under his belt, but also organizes the Bezau Beatz festival, which found its home in the historic depot of the former Wälderbähnle railroad three years ago. There, the festival presents a program of free improvised music and avant-garde: a challenge for the audience, but worth every second of it. 2016 roster includes New York bassist and guitarist Tony Scherr, Scandinavian trio The Thing, saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann / singer Almut Kühne duo from Berlin, and other open-minded artists.

BEZAU BEATZ

Forthcoming Summer Jazz Festivals in… Russia!

The new Europe Jazz Media initiative: once every season, our writers recommend forthcoming jazz festivals in their country or region and share their recommendations with the readers of all member media!


Cyril MoshkowBy Cyril Moshkow, Jazz.Ru Magazine ,
for Europe Jazz Media

June 21-25: USADBA JAZZ ROZA KHUTOR, near Sochi
Usadba Jazz launched in 2004 as a large open-air festival at a beautiful 18th century Arkhangelskoe manor near Moscow. As the festival grew, it kept adding new locations, resulting in a solid chain of several consecutive festivals at beautiful old manors around Russia – this summer, Moscow on June 4, Yekaterinburg on July 2, Voronezh on July 16, and St.Petersburg on July 30, the newest addition being Roza Khutor Ski Resort on June 21-25 in Southern Russia, near the winter Olympic Games site in Sochi. Roza Khutor Ski Resort is not, after all, an old manor, but the Usadba Jazz program at this location is the most extensive among the chain’s 2016 editions, with an eclectic roster of Russian and international jazz, world, and pop artists, a three-day music business forum, and the finals of a multi-stylistic young bands competition, which embraces jazz, fusion, world, and indie.

USADBA JAZZ ROZA KHUTOR

July 1-3: WHITE NIGHT SWING, St. Petersburg
Now in its 23rd edition, White Night Swing is indeed organized during the height of Russia’s Northern ex-capital’s famous white nights: St.Pete is so far to the north than in late June – early July, it never gets completely dark there. The festival, held at the St. Petersburg State Jazz Philharmonic Hall, reflects the Northern city’s conservative taste in jazz: it’s 100 per cent pure straight-ahead jazz, with healthy excursions into swing, trad, and Dixieland music. The festival’s gala on the open-air stage at the beautiful 18th century-built Arts Square features jazz bands from France (Philippe Duchemin,) Israel (Robert Anchipolovsky,) U.S. (Charles Turner III,) and a variety of excellent local bands, presided by the Jazz Philharmonic Hall’s artistic director, Russian jazz vet and devoted Duke Ellington connoisseur – violinist / vibist / pianist / flugelhornist David Goloschokin.

WHITE NIGHT SWING

August 4-7: AQUA JAZZ, Sochi
Launched in 2010 as part of the forthcoming 2014 Winter Olympics cultural program, the festival is still there when the games are over. Organized by a production company run by Russia’s most famous jazz musician, saxophonist Igor Butman (who is also in charge for six other jazz festivals across the country,) Aqua Jazz presents an eclectic roster of artists from the U.S., Europe, and Russia: Richard Bona Mandekan Cubano, Somi, Conrad Herwig, Alex Sipiagin, and several Russian soloists, centered around Butman’s Moscow Jazz Orchestra. The cold country’s only subtropical resort on the Black Sea serves as a nice background which attracts thousands from across Russia, with the festival’s opening New Orleans-themed jazz street parade as the staple of Sochi’s summer season in last seven years.

AQUA JAZZ

August 13-14: JAZZ AT THE HERMITAGE GARDEN, Moscow
Historically first open-air jazz festival in Moscow, it is held in a small park in downtown Moscow every August since 1998, rain or shine, and attracts large crowds of both devoted jazz fans of all ages and curious younger audience – as the attendance is free, because of the city’s extensive support. Traditionally, the Hermitage Garden event serves as the Moscow jazz community’s communal gathering, where hundreds of jazz musicians and their fans, some with more than half a century of experience, congregate in the park – even those not scheduled to perform. This year, producer Mikhail “Don Miguel” Green presents a roster of Russians (trumpeter Peter Vostokov‘s Big Jazz Orchestra, groups led by singer Yuliana Rogachova, saxophonist Azat Bayazitov, and others,) Europeans (Austria’s Herwig Gradischnig, his fellow sax man Radovan Tariška from Slovakia) and Americans: singer Sandra Booker, and trumpet virtuoso Alex Sipiagin‘s quintet with special guest saxophonist Will Vinson.

JAZZ AT THE HERMITAGE GARDEN