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Europe Jazz Media Chart, February 2018

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. In October, 2017, the chart passed the 5th birthday of the initiative, as the inaugural chart was published in October, 2012; this is the 65th EJM Chart!

Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Mateusz Smoczyński «Metamorphoses» (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | buy online from distributor

Paweł Brodowski comments:
An impressive first solo violin outing by Mateusz Smoczyński, a founding member of the now famous Atom String Quartet (and who for a few years was also a pillar of the Turtle Island Quartet) featuring his original compositions with a nod to his guru Zbigniew Seifert, but going beyond jazz into classical music and other genres. Hence the title „Metarmphoses”.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Fred Frith / Hans Koch «You Are Here» (Intakt)

album in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Dezeer (registration required) | album on label’s website

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Mike Flynn, Jazzwise (U.K.):

Snowpoet «Thought You Knew» (Edition)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | album on label’s website

Mike Flynn comments:
A wonderful album that’s as much folk as it is jazz – but works perfectly in its own sound world with complete integrity and an immersive, understated power – Lauren Kinsella’s voice is spellbinding.

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Lera Gehner «Look into My Soul» (Bomba Piter)

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

Anna Filipieva comments:
The new, high-voltage record from temperamental singer Lera Gehner, who is based in St. Petersburg, provides a hot treatment for cold Russian winter, completed with danceable grooves and spicy horn section work.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

Yoram Rosilio & the Anti RuBber brAiN fAct0rY «Anti RuBber brAiN fAct0rY & Mar0kAït» (Le fondeur de son records)

album trailer on BandCamp

Jan Granlie comments:
Anti Rubber Brain Factory is a wonderful collective that takes the legacy of some of the most exciting jazz one step further. A fantastic blend of the best jazz from the 60’s and folk music from North Africa, that fits perfect in the shadow with a glass of something fresh, on a hot day.

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition «Agrima» (Mahanthappa’s Music)

Album available exclusively on the artist’s website | trailer on YouTube

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Christian Lillingers Grund «C O R» (Plaist-Music)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | album on label’s website

Henning Bolte comments:
C O R is the new album of drummer Christian Lillinger’s seven-piece ensemble GRUND – something you should check out every way. It is a striking album bringing advanced music of a very own, no compromise approach with a strong signature. Decidedly conquering new grounds it boldly navigates a diversity of diverging forces and aggregation states – misty, spacey, jolting, hovering, shredding… Layers and textures permeate each other in flowing or fidgeting movements leading into remarkable condensations, expansions as well as stunning transitions. Lillinger’s taut composition grid strongly binds the musical capacities and energies of his six highly profiled fellow musicians and in return sets free those musicians’ astonishing musical fantasy and creativity – as unity a force like a twirling sandstorm. From a deeper ground then a kind of Spreewald Fight Song is resonating through it.

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Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Johan Graden «Olägenheter» (Moserobie)

Release scheduled for February 9, so far, only a trailer on SoundCloud is available

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Peter Erskine New Trio «In Praise Of Shadows» (Fuzzy Music)

album in iTunes | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | album on artist’s website (attention: in order to access the website, it requires you to prove that you are not a robot!)| album on label’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
Peter Erskine is a highly esteemed percussionist with impeccable taste, but the quite extraordinary treat here is pianist and arranger Vardan Ovsepian, who has penned a collection of originals plus a stunning reharmonization of Chaplin’s Smile.

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Lars MossefinnDag & Tid  (Norway):

Thomas Strønen Time Is A Blind Guide «Lucus» (ECM)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album on GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required)

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Henri Texier «Sand Woman» (Label Bleu)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Deezer (registration required)

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Fire! «The Hands» (Rune Grammofon)

album in iTunes | one track on YouTube | album in GooglePlay | listen on SoundCloud | album on label’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Reigo Ahven Trio «Remember» (Fish Records 2017)

Video: one track live on Estonian TV | one track on SoundCloud

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, January 2018

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. In October, 2017, the chart passed the 5th birthday of the initiative, as the inaugural chart was published in October, 2012; this is the 64th EJM Chart!

Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Ernesto Rodrigues / Ulrike Brand / Olaf Rupp «Traintracks, Roadsides, Wastelands, Debris» (Creative Sources)

album on BandCamp | buy on Discogs

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Elliot Galvin Trio «The Influencing Machine» (Edition Records)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | buy in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | listen in Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | album on label’s website

Mile Flynn comments:
The new album from brilliant pianist Elliot Galvin, which manages to combine angular indie rock guitars with imaginative modern piano trio jazz – it also has a great back story and set of influences – not least how technology controls our lives and Brexit! (He’s anti-Brexit by the way!).

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Россия):

Dmitry Ilugdin Trio «Reflection» (ArtBeat Music)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy in GooglePlay | listen in Yandex.Music

Anna Filipieva comments:
This is the second album recorded by Moscow-based pianist Dmitry Ilugdin as a leader, an honest jazz acoustic piano trio record with fiery drumming (Peter Ivshin) and rock-solid acoustic bass (Viktor Shestak,) but also with a twist of Russian classical music sensuality, European power jazz rhythmic ambivalence, and several very nice melodies to add to the pot.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Норвегия-Дания):

Ola Kvernberg «Steamdome» (Grappa)

buy in iTunes | one track on YouTube | buy in GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required)

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Германия):

Laia Genc Liaison Tonique «Birds» (Double Moon/In-Akustik)

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

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Нидерланды):

Bobo Stenson Trio «Contra La Indecisión» (ECM)

release scheduled for January 19: preorder in iTunes | preorder in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | one track on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on distributor’s website

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Швеция):

Bobo Stenson Trio «Contra La Indecisión» (ECM)

release scheduled for January 19: preorder in iTunes | preorder in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | one track on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on distributor’s website

Patrik Sandberg comments:
Bobo Stenson has long been a key person in the European jazz scene through his long-standing commitment with ECM Records since the first year of the label with his clear-edged lyrical piano playing.
He has been internationally successful with his long-standing own trio, since 2007 with Swedish bandmates, drummer Jon Fält and bass player Anders Jormin.
On the first trio disk since 2012:s Indicum, the trio continuous with its characteristic deep poetical, lyrical, sophisticated vocabulary with clear features of chamber, folk music and jazz.
The sound is characteristic, but the music still offers a strong organic, rhythmic and very dynamic feeling.

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Дания):

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

trailer on YouTube | listen on Tidal (registration required) | buy on Discogs | album on сайте дистрибьютера

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Норвегия):

Bobo Stenson Trio «Contra La Indecisión» (ECM)

release scheduled for January 19: preorder in iTunes | preorder in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | one track on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on distributor’s website

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Германия):

Lorenz Kellhuber «Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival» (Blackbird Music)

buy in iTunes | buy in GooglePlay | listen in Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required)

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Италия):

Marvin Pontiac «Marvin Pontiac: The Asylum Tapes» (Strange & Beautiful Music)

buy in iTunes | one track on YouTube | buy in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | listen in Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required)

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Эстония):

Lauri Kadalipp Social Jazz «Feels Just Right» (Lauri Kadalipp 2018)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Польша):

Zbigniew Seifert «Solo Violin» (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation CD FZS-3)

trailer on YouTube | buy in JazzShop.eu (возможно предпрослушивание) | buy on Discogs

Paweł Brodowski comments:
The solo performance by Zbigniew Seifert made for Radio Bremen on May 19, 1976. “Every musician who aspires to perform jazz on the violin professionally should listen to this recording,” said Dave Liebman in an interview for „Jazz Forum” magazine. „Solo Violin” is one of the Polish violin legend’s two CDS released recently by the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, the other being the never before published „Variospheres – Live In Solothurn,” a concert recording made on January 18, 1976 by an international collective featuring Seifert, Michel Herr, Hans Hartmann and Janusz Stefanski.

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, December 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. In October, 2017, the chart passed the 5th birthday of the initiative, as the inaugural chart was published in October, 2012; this is the 63rd EJM Chart!

Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K):

Julian Siegel Quartet «Vista» (Whirlwind Recordings)

Release scheduled for January, 2018
Album trailer on YouTube | album on Bandcamp

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

The Second Approach Trio «Rezi Var» (Fancymusic)

Led by pianist/composer Andrei Razin, the Second Approach Trio is exploring new paths between composed and spontaneous for nearly 19 years. The new record stands closer to spontaneous, although composed canvas is still very palpable.».

buy in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud | listen in Yandex.Music | buy in GooglePlay | album on the label’s

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

Anni Elif «Edith» (Eclipse)

buy in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | listen in Yandex.Music

Jan Granlie comments:
Anni Elif Eğecioğlu have made some really beautiful versions of the Swedish/Finnish poet Edith Södergran and the Swedish poet Karin Boye’s lyrics in her very special way. It’s intense, beautiful and full of passion for the texts from two of the most interesting poets from the Nordic countries from the beginning of 1900. A lot of electronics together with the vocal makes the texts and the music very Anni Eilifs.

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Die Enttäuschung «Lavaman» (Intakt Records)

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

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Rale Mićić / John Abercrombie / Peter Bernstein / Lage Lund «Inspired» (ArtistShare)

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

Cim Meyer comments:
Soothing music when life is rough.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Svein Rikard Mathisen «Monsters» (Curling Legs)

buy in iTunes | album on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on the artist’s website

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Anouar Brahem «Blue Maqams» (ECM)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | listen in Yandex.Music

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Roberto Negro’s Dadada «Saison 3» (Label Bleu)

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

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Wadada Leo Smith «Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk» (TUM Records)

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Leszek Możdżer & Holland Baroque «Earth Particles» (Outside Music)

trailer on YouTube | buy on the artist’s website

Paweł Brodowski comments:
This is Leszek Możdżer’s first album recorded under his own name in a few years, and released on his label. The Polish piano whiz meets Holland Baroque, a Dutch baroque music ensemble, comprising a string quintet and a harpsichord.
Inspired and communicative compositions, written by Leszek specifically for this unique combination, guarantee a success beyond jazz circles.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

The Spontaneous Music Ensemble «Karyobin – Are the Imaginary Birds Said to Live in Paradise» (Emanem)

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs

Rui Eduardo Paes comments:
The line-up of The Spontanneous Music Ensemble is John Stevens, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Dave Holland.

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, November 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. Last month, the chart passed the 5th birthday of the initiative, as the inaugural chart was published in October, 2012; this is the 62nd EJM Chart!

Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Pervoe Solnce «Road To The Horizon» (ArtBeat Music)

album trailer on BandCamp

Anna Filipieva comments:
The new album by Pervoe Solnce (literally, The First Sun,) a collective led by composer/vibist Vladimir Goloukhov, goes beyond the genre borders. The music, rooted in the diversity of intonations of Russian music and rich in imagery, sounds simple and accessible.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity «Live In Europe» (Clean Feed)

live recording on YouTube

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Johanna Borchert «Love Or Emptiness» (Yellowbird / Soulfood)

buy in iTunes | one track on YouTube | buy on Amazon

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Alexander Hawkins / Elaine Mitchener Quartet «Uproot» (Intakt)

buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

Henning Bolte comments:
Mitchener unites traces of Jeanne Lee, Betty Carter, Cathy Berberian, Brigitte Fontaine, Anca Parghel and even Billie Holiday in a highly fascinating, movable and pointed way in her highly dynamic, brisk and boisterous stage action. It is so much more than just vocalizing and singing. She can switch rapidly between leading and following and always manages to take the audience with her. 

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Goran Kajfes Tropiques «Enso» (Headspin Recordings)

Release scheduled for Nov.24

Patrik Sandberg comments:
Goran Kajfes new quartet Tropiques performs new music influenced by minimalism and modern dance. Tropiques plays with the time concept and puts us in musical hypnosis, uniting intellect and rhythm​. Tropiques are Kajfes – trumpet and synth, Alexnder Zethson – organ, piano, synth, Johan Holmegard – drums and Johan Berthling – bass.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Kåre Kolve «Interactions. Live at Vossa Jazz» (Curling Legs)

listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on the label’s website (preview available)

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

David Virelles «Gnosis» (ECM)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Jon Balke & Siwan «Nahnou Houm» (ECM Records)

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

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Trump Conception «Wait For It» (Trumbi Muusika)

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

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Maciej Obara Quartet «Unloved » (ECM)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon

Paweł Brodowski comments:
Tender lyricism, and impassioned, fiery, powerful playing. This is a stunning ECM debut by the Maciej Obara Quartet, a Polish-Norwegian combination which  includes the leader on alto saxophone, Dominik Wania on piano, Ole Morten Vaagan on bass and  Gard Nilssen on drums. Recorded in Rainbow Studio in Oslo and produced by Manfred Eicher, it features Obara’s original compositions, with the exception of the title ballad, which was penned by Krzysztof Komeda. Next to Tomasz Stanko and Marcin Wasilewski, Maciej Obara is the 3rd Polish jazz leader to have joined the fold of the prestigious and influential label.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Wadada Leo Smith «Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk» (TUM Records)

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Django Bates Belovèd «The Study Of Touch» (ECM)

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, October 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. This month’s chart marks the 5th birthday of the initiative, as the inaugural chart was published in October, 2012; this is the 61st EJM Chart!

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Denmark/Norway):

Various Artists Sky Music «A Tribute To Terje Rypdal» (Rune Grammofon)

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

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Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK (Germany):

Lisbeth Quartett «There Is Only Make» (Traumton/Indigo)

buy in iTunes | one track on YouTube | album on the label’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Phil’s Music Laboratory «Repititive Mind» (P-Records)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezeer (registration required) | buy on Discogs | buy on artist’s website

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Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Trespass Trio «The spirit of Pitesti» (Clean Feed)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required)

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Rawfishboys «Fengling» (W.E.R.F. 145)

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

Cim Meyer comments:
Two bright stars, Joachim Badenhorst and Brice Soniano, of creative music in Europe. A French-Belgian collaboration building on years of experience as a duo playing rather demanding acoustic instruments. The music requires your undivided attention, then you will be rewarded with clear compositional ideas, marvelous instrumental execution on double bass and clarinets, and a multitude of sonic excesses. Soothing music from kind people – though the last piece, Broen, is a reminder of the final we are heading for.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Erlend Apneseth Trio «Åra» (Hubro)

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

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Christian McBride Big Band «Bringin’ It» (Mack Avenue)

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

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Tim Berne´s Snakeoil «Incidentals» (ECM)

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

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Three Free Radicals «Travelogue» (Improtest Records)

buy in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Sławek Jaskułke «Tokyo Solo Concert 2016» (Sea Label, Pl/CorePort, Jp)

buy CD online | one track on YouTube

Paweł Brodowski comments:
A solo outing by one of Poland’s outstanding jazz pianists, recorded live in Japan last December, brings fresh interpretations of some of his earlier compositions presented on such studio albums as „Moments,” “Sea,” and “Senne,” with a special bonus loosely based on Krzysztof Komeda’s famous „Grey Carol.” Intimacy, introspection, subtle colors, and superb sound quality.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Slow Is Possible «Moonwatchers» (Clean Feed)

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

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Dwiki Dharmawan/Gilad Atzmon/Kamal Musallam «World Peace Trio» (Enja)

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

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Peter Ivshin «The Path of the Hermit. Vol. 1. Triptych» (ArtBeat Music)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Bandcamp
Anna Filipieva comments:
This deep work by Muscovite drummer, Peter Ivshin, is offering a new vision of the ensemble role of the drums: instead of traditional concept, the listener is proposed to perceive percussion as a powerful generator of complex emotions.

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, September 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.

Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

1000 «1000 Anthems To Work on a Good End» (Umland / El Negocito Records)

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

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

João Paulo Esteves Da Silva/Mário Franco/Samuel Rohrer «Bright Bird» (Arjunamusic)

release scheduled later this fall, currently available only a trailer on YouTube

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Goran Kajfeš «The Reason Why Vol 3» (Headspin Recordings)

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

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Manolo Cabras Quartet «In Diotta» (El Negocito Records)

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

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Stein Urheim «Utopian Tales» (Hubro)

one track on SoundCloud | listen on Yandex.Music | слушать на Spotify (registration required) | album on the label’s website

Lars Mossefinn comments:
Norwegian guitarist Stein Urheim has really a voice of his own. This is a recording of a commissioned work he wrote for and performed at Vossa Jazz 2016 with some additional studio work. There are a lot of strong playing here. Check out the drummer Kåre Opheim.

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Jack Dejohnette/John Scofield/Larry Grenadier/John Medeski «Hudson» (Motéma)

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

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Filippo Vignato Quartet «Harvesting Minds» (CAM JAZZ)

release scheduled for September 22, preorder on Amazon

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Jazz 57 «Polskie Nagrania » (Warner Music Poland)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required)

Paweł Brodowski comments:
To mark the 60th anniversary of the legendary jazz festivals in Sopot, Poland, in 1956 and 1957, Polskie Nagrania is re-releasing two 3CD boxes that were first published a decade ago and quickly sold out. The 1957 festival was highlighted by the first postwar appearance behind the Iron Curtain of West German musicians, including Joki Freund, and Mangelsdorff brothers, Emil and Albert, plus the sensational performance of the American shouter Big Bill Ramsey that launched the rock and roll frenzy in Poland.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Eve Risser / Marcelo Dos Reis «Timeless» (JACC Records)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Gareth Lockrane Big Band «Fistfight At The Barndance» (Whirlwind Recordings)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Ethan Iverson «The Purity of the Turf» (Criss Cross Jazz)

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

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Denmark-Norway):

Various Artists «Celebrate Ornette» (SONG X)

trailer on YouTube | album on the label’s website

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Danish Magazine Jazz Special: 157th Issue Preview

azz Special is a Danish magazine with five issues a year available in print and online at www.jazzspecial.dk.
Next issue (no. 157, September 4 – November 12, 2017) is planned to cover:

The Jazz Quiz
> Lots of reviews
> Cole Porter’s poetry
> Hørt – reports from live venues
> Peter Jensen – artistic director in Tivoli
> Dianne Reeves loves to be in the moment
> Jazz kids – Mikhala Iversen marked for life
> Peter Erskine moves away from physical media
> Wild Bill Davison – horn blower on new release
> The last choruses – Geri Allen and Mickey Roker
> Von Freeman & Fred Anderson – durable outsiders
> Birger Carlsen successfully in charge of DR Big Band
> Christiania Jazzclub – a history of free music in a free town
> Johnny Hartman – the interpreter of ballads lived in obscurity
> Ole Kock Hansen as duo partner and part of bigger organizations

Jazz Special: current issue

Jazz Special: current issue

Europe Jazz Media Chart, August 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.

Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Marcelo Dos Reis & Eve Risser «Timeless» (JACC Records)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud

Henning Bolte comments:
This is musical sounds on the fringe mostly JUST HAPPENING. It is surprising how it finds open places for beautiful musical sound and how it opens to the music of the spheres and inside the listener.

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Johan Jacobsson, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Pat Thomas «The Elephant Clock Of Al Jazari» (OTOroku)

listen on SoundCloud | buy on Discogs | album on label website

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Olli Hirvonen «New Helsinki» (Edition Records)

buy in 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 the artist’s website | album on the label’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
A personal approach to composing, arranging and new lines for the six strings – and a focused live band as well.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Bergen Big Band & Dag Arnesen «Norwegian Song IV» (Odin)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | album on label website

Lars Mossefinn comments:
Dag Arnesen has released Norwegian Song I-III as trio recordings. Here we have some of the material arranged for big band, and the lyricism from the trio recordings is well preserved. Bergen Big Band demonstrates once again why they are one of Norway’s leading big bands.

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Roscoe Mitchell «Bells for the South Side» (ECM)

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

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Luca Aquino «Aqustico Vol. 2» (Riverberi – Losen Records)

one track on YouTube | buy on Amazon | album on the artist’s website | album on label website

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Adam Bałdych & Helge Lien Trio «Brother» (ACT)

Release scheduled for August 25, several tracks’ preview available on the label’s website

Paweł Brodowski comments:
Following „Bridges” from 2015, this is the second outing on ACT of the Polish violin whiz and Norwegian piano trio, with a guest appearance by saxophonist Tore Brunborg. Dedicated by Adam Bałdych to his departed brother, the new recording – blending jazz, classical and folk music – is based on his original compositions, one exception being Leonard Cohen’s „Hallelujah”. Polish lyricism, Norwegian melacholy, empathy and musicianship of highest order. To be released on CD and vinyl by the end of August.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Per Gardin / Pedro Lopes / Rodrigo Pinheiro «History of the Lisbon Chaplaincy» (Creative Sources)

album trailer on BandCamp (free download available)| album on label website

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Mike Flynn, Jazzwise (U.K.):

Courtney Pine «Black Notes From The Deep» (Freestyle Records)

Release scheduled for October 27, preview available on the distributor’s website or in Juno web store

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Anatoly Osipov/Alexey Nadzharov «Postjazz» (Bomba-Piter)

buy in iTunes | listen on Yandex.Music | album on the label’s website

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

James Blood Ulmer With The Thing «Baby Talk» (Trost/The Thing Records)

a fragment of the performance at the Molde Jazz Festival, which was later used for this live album, on YouTube | album in the Polish web store Serpent

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Laurent Coulondre «Gravity Zero» (o-tone/Edel:Kultur)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on the artist’s website

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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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