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.

Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

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

live recording on YouTube

Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

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

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

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. 

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.

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)

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

David Virelles «Gnosis» (ECM)

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

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

Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Trump Conception «Wait For It» (Trumbi Muusika)

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

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.

Rui Eduardo Paes, (Portugal):

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

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs

Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

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

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon


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