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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