Europe Jazz Media Chart, May 2017

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

Anne Yven, Citizen Jazz (France):

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

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

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Arve Henriksen «Towards Language» (Rune Grammofon)

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

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

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

China Moses «Nightintales» (MPS)

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

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Trondheim Jazzorkester & Skrap «Antropocen» (Forlaget Fanfare)

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

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Harris Eisenstadt «Recent Developments» (Songlines Recordings)

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

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

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

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

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (UK):

Andrew McCormack «Graviton» (Jazz Village)

Release on May 5 | trailer on YouTube

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

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

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

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway / Denmark):

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

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

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Akku Quintet «Aeon» (Morpheus / Broken Silence)

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

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Нидерланды):

Samuel Rohrer «Range of Regularity» (Arjunamusic)

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

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

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Patrick Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

China Moses «Nightintales» (MPS)

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

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Дания):

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

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

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