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Europe Jazz Media Chart, March 2018

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. In October, 2017, the chart passed the 5th birthday of the initiative, as the inaugural chart was published in October, 2012; this is the 65th EJM Chart!

Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Peeter Malkov «On The Other Side Of The Flute» (Malkofon OÜ, 2017)

album in iTunes | album on GooglePlay | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on CdBaby | videotrailer on Klassika Raadio website

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Piotr Wyleżoł «Human Things – Polish Jazz vol. 79» (Polskie Nagrania)

Release scheduled for March 9, 2018 | live on YouTube

Paweł Brodowski comments:
“Human Things” is the newest addition to the famed Polish Jazz series, which in the past boasted recordings by such luminaries as Komeda, Namysłowski and Stańko.  Pianist Piotr Wyleżoł, perhaps best known for his work with the late guitarist Jarek Śmietana and British violinist virtuoso Nigel Kennedy (“Four Elements”, “Shhhhh”, “A Very Nice Album”) has come up with an impressive album of original compositions and arrangements full of sophisticated harmonies and intriguing colors. The sound of  his sextet is based on a rather unusual instrumentation which includes three horns – sax, fluegel and euphonium. Top Polish jazz musicians augmented by the American saxophone master Dayna Stephens, plus two vocalists guesting on the title track.

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Arild Andersen «In-House Science» (ECM)

release scheduled for March 3, 2018, but the label’s website offers preview | preorder on Amazon also avaiable

Mike Flynn comments:
A vivid return for this most European of power trios – Smith is in imperious form, while Andersen proves once again that he is among the very greatest Scandinavia bassists with a bravura performance.

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Anna Buturlina «Be Careful <Music>» (Melodiya)

album in iTunes | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on label website

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Shake Stew «Rise and Rise Again» (Traumton / Indigo)

Release scheduled for April, 2018 | one track on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp (preorder available) | album on artist’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Igor Lumpert & Innertextures «Eleven» (Clean Feed)

album in iTunes | album on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | album on label website

Henning Bolte comments:
Clarity, angularity, consistency are the most distinguishing characteristics of the album Eleven created by saxophonist Igor Lumpert & Innertextures. M-Base, Mahler and Mingus are keywords too. Eleven is jagged music with clear thematic threads.  Six musicians have left their traces in the strongly collective way of performing the music: the saxophonists Igor Lumpert and Greg Ward, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, bass clarinetists John Ellis, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski. Eleven is a regenerative, joyful piece of complex music. Its bracing and encouraging power could help to face our world’s chaos, its vicinity of misery and joy.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway/Denmark):

Jimmy Giuffre 3 «Bremen & Stuttgart 1961» (Emanem)

buy on Amazon | album in SquidCo (preview available) | buy on Discogs | album on label website

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Johan Lindström Septett «Music For Empty Halls» (Moserobie)

Release scheduled for April 13, 2018; teaser on SoundCloud

Patrik Sandberg comments:
After conducting a couple of concerts in 2017, it is finally time for Johan Lindström Septett to present his newly released debut album “Music For Empty Halls”. The musicians are handpicked to present this material, as Lindström has written exclusively for the project. On the record he teams up with names like Edda Magnason, Jonas Kullhammar, Per “Texas” Johansson, Jesper Nordenström, Konrad Agnas, Tobbe Zetterberg, Mats Äleklint. A suggestive and seamless mix of jazz, blues and artrock that looks like everything and nothing you’ve heard before. Johan Lindström (guitar / pedal steel / piano) is an already recognized freelance guitarist in various contexts as Tonbruket, Ane Brun, Rebecka Törnqvist. Lindström Septett enchant you with his seductive simple, but highly suggestive melodies.

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Synesthetic Octet «In The Meanwhile Shoot Me A Movie» (Jazzwerkstatt Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | teaser on SoundCloud | album on label’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
Conceptualized by the Austrian clarinet-player Vincent Pongrácz, who has studied in Copenhagen for a couple of years. If you combine Mathias Rüegg, Gil Evans and Olivier Messiaen you have a direction of Pongrácz’ vision. Dense compositions accurately executed by eight or nine skilled musicians, who has played together since 2013.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Norma Winstone «Descansado Songs for Films» (ECM)

album in iTunes | album on GooglePlay | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Deezerl (registration required) | buy on Discogs

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Pablo Held «Glow II» (Pirouet)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album on GooglePlay

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Matteo Bortone «ClarOscuro» (Cam Jazz)

Release scheduled for March 30, 2018. Two trailers on YouTube available: trailer 1 , trailer 2

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