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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