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)

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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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