Category Archives: Europe Jazz Media Chart

Europe Jazz Media Chart, May 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; the May, 2018 edition is the 68th EJM Chart.

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Dave Holland «Uncharted Territories» (Dare 2 Records)

album in iTunes | album in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Cosmo Sheldrake «The Much Much How How & I» (Transgressive Records)

album in iTunes | album in GooglePlay | listen on Genius | album in BandCamp | one track on YouTube | listen on Dezeer (registration required)

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Kristjan Randalu «Absence» (ECM 2018)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album in GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on label website

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Oleś Brothers & Christopher Dell «Górecki Ahead» (Audio Cave ACD-005)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | buy on Discogs

Paweł Brodowski comments:
This is the trio’s follow up to their previous collaboration „Komeda Ahead”. An inspired re-interpetation of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, one of the greatest Polish composers of contemporary music. Bassist Marcin Oleś and drummer Bartłomiej Oleś are always ready for experiment, as is their German guest, vibraphonist Christopher Dell. They have worked together successfully for seven years now.

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (UK):

Enemy «Enemy» (Edition)

album trailer on BandCamp | album on label website

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Sasha Mashin «Outsidethebox» (Rainy Days Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy/listen on BandCamp | album in GooglePlay | listen on Yandex.Music

Anna Filipieva comments:
By 41, drummer Sasha Mashin was one of the most internationally exposed Russian jazz instrumentalists. Then he made a tattoo of a wide open box on his arm, decided that he wanted something more than a busy sideman’s life, and came “outside the box” by starting his solo career with this bold statement of an album. It has enough fiery drumming on it, but also a lot of fine modern ensemble playing with the likes of Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Zhenya Strigalev and Rosario Giuliani on alto sax, plus sixteen other worthy musicians.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

Anthony Braxton «Sextet (Parker) 1993» (New Braxton House Records)

album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon

Jan Granlie comments:
In March, the Tri-Centric Foundation and New Braxton House Records released Braxton’s «Sextet (Parker) 1993» – a violent 11-CDer box with thorough documentation of Braxton’s now legendary European tour that made music composed by and associated with Charlie Parker. One of the most original composers and conceptualists in the jazz in the last fifty years, Anthony Braxton followed his own musical landscape throughout his career – from the 1974 recording “What’s New in the Tradition” to his seven album of tribute to Lennie Tristano, «Quintet (Tristano) 2014». This Charlie Parker project is a centrepiece of the “journey”, a collection of music that recognizes, extends and renews the bebop tradition, where he also re-radicalizes Parker’s musical revolution with a brilliant band that is well versed in the jazz tradition and with very creative music performance: Dutch piano player Misha Mengelberg, trumpeter Paul Smoker, tenor saxophonist Ari Brown from Chicago, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Pheeroan akLaff (another Dutch jazz innovator, drummer Han Bennink, replaces akLaff on one CD). One of the best live recordings I have ever heard!

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Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK (Germany):

Lucas Niggli «Alchemia Garden» (Intakt Records / Harmonia Mundi)

album in GooglePlay | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Sonar with David Torn «Vortex» (Rare Noise Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Yandex.Music | album on label website

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Patrick Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Lars Färnlöf «Att Angöra En Brygga: Soundtracks & Rehearsals» (Mellotronen)

buy on Discogs

Patrick Sandberg comments:
Four soundtracks from one of Sweden’s absolutely strongest and memorable composers, cornetist and trumpetist Lars Färnlöf (1942-1994,) recorded 1965-1971. Featuring a who’s who of the Swedish jazz scene around the time – Monica Zetterlund, Sabu Martinez, Bernt Rosengren, Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielson and Staffan Abeleen, to name a few. Most of the music is previously unreleased. Comes with 12 page booklet including biography, rare photos and session details.

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Anat Cohen And Trio Brasileiro «Rosa Dos Ventos» (Anzic Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album on label website

Cim Meyer comments:
An almost chamber-musical approach from some excellent musicians. Title track is a clarinet-percussion duo and everything is acoustic and intimate.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Gunhild Seim/Marilyn Crispell/David Rothenberg «Grenseland » (Drollehålå Records)

album in iTunes | buy on Amazon | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Dezeer (registration required)

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, April 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; the April, 2018 edition is the 67th EJM Chart.

Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Arve Henriksen «Composograph» (Arve Maria Music AB)

album in iTunes | video trailer | buy on Amazon | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required)

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Maria Faust «Machina» (Stunt Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Deezer (registration required) | buy on Amazon | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required)

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Adam Makowicz «Swinging Ivories» (Polskie Radio)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album on GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Deezer (registration required)

Paweł Brodowski comments:
Adam Makowicz, 77, is one the few living piano virtuosos in the tradition of Art Tatum, Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson. «Swinging Ivories», recorded live for Polish Radio at Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall in Warsaw last November, it is Makowicz’s first new album in almost ten years. It features his own original compositions as well as standards from the Great American Songbook, displaying his stunnig virtuosity, lyrical touch and invention.

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Dinosaur «Wonder Trail» (Edition)

Release scheduled for May 4, 2018
album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album on BandCamp | album in GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on label’s website

Mike Flynn comments:
A highly imaginative follow up to the band’s Mercury nominated debut – Wonder Trail sees trumpet player Laura Jurd’s band hitting their stride on an album that effortlessly blends folk, 1980s Krautrock, electronica and jazz with consistently captivating results.

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Alexey Kuznetsov and Friends «Happy Jazz Day» (ArtBeat Music)

album on BandCamp: listen, buy | trailer on YouTube

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Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK (Germany):

Kekko Fornarelli «Abaton» (Eskape)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album in GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | album on artist’s website | album on label’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Mary Halvorson «Code Girl» (Firehouse 12)

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

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway/Denmark):

Misha Mengelberg «Pech Onderweg» (ICP)

Vinyl re-release of the 1979 album: album on label’s website (for purchase in EU; to purchase outside EU, click here)

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Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Maria Faust «Machina» (Stunt Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Deezer (registration required) | buy on Amazon | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required)

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Lars Møller & Aarhus Jazz Orchestra «Glow Of Benares» (Dacapo)

album in iTunes | trailer on Vimeo | album on GooglePlay | album on label’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
A rare and successful fusion of three different musical traditions. And only a genuine jazz musician can do that.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Espen Berg Trio «Bølge» (Odin)

album in iTunes | один трек на YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required) | album on label’s website

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Chris Dave & The Drumhedz «Chris Dave & The Drumhedz» (Blue Note)

album in iTunes | album on GooglePlay | listen on SoundCloud | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Dezeer (registration required)

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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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Europe Jazz Media Chart, February 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!

Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Mateusz Smoczyński «Metamorphoses» (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | buy online from distributor

Paweł Brodowski comments:
An impressive first solo violin outing by Mateusz Smoczyński, a founding member of the now famous Atom String Quartet (and who for a few years was also a pillar of the Turtle Island Quartet) featuring his original compositions with a nod to his guru Zbigniew Seifert, but going beyond jazz into classical music and other genres. Hence the title „Metarmphoses”.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Fred Frith / Hans Koch «You Are Here» (Intakt)

album in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Dezeer (registration required) | album on label’s website

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Mike Flynn, Jazzwise (U.K.):

Snowpoet «Thought You Knew» (Edition)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | album on label’s website

Mike Flynn comments:
A wonderful album that’s as much folk as it is jazz – but works perfectly in its own sound world with complete integrity and an immersive, understated power – Lauren Kinsella’s voice is spellbinding.

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Lera Gehner «Look into My Soul» (Bomba Piter)

album in iTunes | album in GooglePlay | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required)

Anna Filipieva comments:
The new, high-voltage record from temperamental singer Lera Gehner, who is based in St. Petersburg, provides a hot treatment for cold Russian winter, completed with danceable grooves and spicy horn section work.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

Yoram Rosilio & the Anti RuBber brAiN fAct0rY «Anti RuBber brAiN fAct0rY & Mar0kAït» (Le fondeur de son records)

album trailer on BandCamp

Jan Granlie comments:
Anti Rubber Brain Factory is a wonderful collective that takes the legacy of some of the most exciting jazz one step further. A fantastic blend of the best jazz from the 60’s and folk music from North Africa, that fits perfect in the shadow with a glass of something fresh, on a hot day.

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition «Agrima» (Mahanthappa’s Music)

Album available exclusively on the artist’s website | trailer on YouTube

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Christian Lillingers Grund «C O R» (Plaist-Music)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | album on label’s website

Henning Bolte comments:
C O R is the new album of drummer Christian Lillinger’s seven-piece ensemble GRUND – something you should check out every way. It is a striking album bringing advanced music of a very own, no compromise approach with a strong signature. Decidedly conquering new grounds it boldly navigates a diversity of diverging forces and aggregation states – misty, spacey, jolting, hovering, shredding… Layers and textures permeate each other in flowing or fidgeting movements leading into remarkable condensations, expansions as well as stunning transitions. Lillinger’s taut composition grid strongly binds the musical capacities and energies of his six highly profiled fellow musicians and in return sets free those musicians’ astonishing musical fantasy and creativity – as unity a force like a twirling sandstorm. From a deeper ground then a kind of Spreewald Fight Song is resonating through it.

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Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Johan Graden «Olägenheter» (Moserobie)

Release scheduled for February 9, so far, only a trailer on SoundCloud is available

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Peter Erskine New Trio «In Praise Of Shadows» (Fuzzy Music)

album in iTunes | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | album on artist’s website (attention: in order to access the website, it requires you to prove that you are not a robot!)| album on label’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
Peter Erskine is a highly esteemed percussionist with impeccable taste, but the quite extraordinary treat here is pianist and arranger Vardan Ovsepian, who has penned a collection of originals plus a stunning reharmonization of Chaplin’s Smile.

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Lars MossefinnDag & Tid  (Norway):

Thomas Strønen Time Is A Blind Guide «Lucus» (ECM)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album on GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required)

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Henri Texier «Sand Woman» (Label Bleu)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Deezer (registration required)

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Fire! «The Hands» (Rune Grammofon)

album in iTunes | one track on YouTube | album in GooglePlay | listen on SoundCloud | album on label’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Reigo Ahven Trio «Remember» (Fish Records 2017)

Video: one track live on Estonian TV | one track on SoundCloud

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, January 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 64th EJM Chart!

Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Ernesto Rodrigues / Ulrike Brand / Olaf Rupp «Traintracks, Roadsides, Wastelands, Debris» (Creative Sources)

album on BandCamp | buy on Discogs

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Elliot Galvin Trio «The Influencing Machine» (Edition Records)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | buy in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | listen in Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | album on label’s website

Mile Flynn comments:
The new album from brilliant pianist Elliot Galvin, which manages to combine angular indie rock guitars with imaginative modern piano trio jazz – it also has a great back story and set of influences – not least how technology controls our lives and Brexit! (He’s anti-Brexit by the way!).

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Россия):

Dmitry Ilugdin Trio «Reflection» (ArtBeat Music)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy in GooglePlay | listen in Yandex.Music

Anna Filipieva comments:
This is the second album recorded by Moscow-based pianist Dmitry Ilugdin as a leader, an honest jazz acoustic piano trio record with fiery drumming (Peter Ivshin) and rock-solid acoustic bass (Viktor Shestak,) but also with a twist of Russian classical music sensuality, European power jazz rhythmic ambivalence, and several very nice melodies to add to the pot.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Норвегия-Дания):

Ola Kvernberg «Steamdome» (Grappa)

buy in iTunes | one track on YouTube | buy in GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required)

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Германия):

Laia Genc Liaison Tonique «Birds» (Double Moon/In-Akustik)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen in Yandex.Music | buy on artist’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Нидерланды):

Bobo Stenson Trio «Contra La Indecisión» (ECM)

release scheduled for January 19: preorder in iTunes | preorder in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | one track on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on distributor’s website

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Швеция):

Bobo Stenson Trio «Contra La Indecisión» (ECM)

release scheduled for January 19: preorder in iTunes | preorder in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | one track on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on distributor’s website

Patrik Sandberg comments:
Bobo Stenson has long been a key person in the European jazz scene through his long-standing commitment with ECM Records since the first year of the label with his clear-edged lyrical piano playing.
He has been internationally successful with his long-standing own trio, since 2007 with Swedish bandmates, drummer Jon Fält and bass player Anders Jormin.
On the first trio disk since 2012:s Indicum, the trio continuous with its characteristic deep poetical, lyrical, sophisticated vocabulary with clear features of chamber, folk music and jazz.
The sound is characteristic, but the music still offers a strong organic, rhythmic and very dynamic feeling.

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Дания):

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

trailer on YouTube | listen on Tidal (registration required) | buy on Discogs | album on сайте дистрибьютера

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Норвегия):

Bobo Stenson Trio «Contra La Indecisión» (ECM)

release scheduled for January 19: preorder in iTunes | preorder in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | one track on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on distributor’s website

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Германия):

Lorenz Kellhuber «Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival» (Blackbird Music)

buy in iTunes | buy in GooglePlay | listen in Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required)

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Италия):

Marvin Pontiac «Marvin Pontiac: The Asylum Tapes» (Strange & Beautiful Music)

buy in iTunes | one track on YouTube | buy in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon | listen in Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required)

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Эстония):

Lauri Kadalipp Social Jazz «Feels Just Right» (Lauri Kadalipp 2018)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Польша):

Zbigniew Seifert «Solo Violin» (Zbigniew Seifert Foundation CD FZS-3)

trailer on YouTube | buy in JazzShop.eu (возможно предпрослушивание) | buy on Discogs

Paweł Brodowski comments:
The solo performance by Zbigniew Seifert made for Radio Bremen on May 19, 1976. “Every musician who aspires to perform jazz on the violin professionally should listen to this recording,” said Dave Liebman in an interview for „Jazz Forum” magazine. „Solo Violin” is one of the Polish violin legend’s two CDS released recently by the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, the other being the never before published „Variospheres – Live In Solothurn,” a concert recording made on January 18, 1976 by an international collective featuring Seifert, Michel Herr, Hans Hartmann and Janusz Stefanski.

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, December 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. In October, 2017, the chart passed the 5th birthday of the initiative, as the inaugural chart was published in October, 2012; this is the 63rd EJM Chart!

Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K):

Julian Siegel Quartet «Vista» (Whirlwind Recordings)

Release scheduled for January, 2018
Album trailer on YouTube | album on Bandcamp

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

The Second Approach Trio «Rezi Var» (Fancymusic)

Led by pianist/composer Andrei Razin, the Second Approach Trio is exploring new paths between composed and spontaneous for nearly 19 years. The new record stands closer to spontaneous, although composed canvas is still very palpable.».

buy in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud | listen in Yandex.Music | buy in GooglePlay | album on the label’s

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

Anni Elif «Edith» (Eclipse)

buy in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | listen in Yandex.Music

Jan Granlie comments:
Anni Elif Eğecioğlu have made some really beautiful versions of the Swedish/Finnish poet Edith Södergran and the Swedish poet Karin Boye’s lyrics in her very special way. It’s intense, beautiful and full of passion for the texts from two of the most interesting poets from the Nordic countries from the beginning of 1900. A lot of electronics together with the vocal makes the texts and the music very Anni Eilifs.

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Die Enttäuschung «Lavaman» (Intakt Records)

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

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Rale Mićić / John Abercrombie / Peter Bernstein / Lage Lund «Inspired» (ArtistShare)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | album on the label’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
Soothing music when life is rough.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Svein Rikard Mathisen «Monsters» (Curling Legs)

buy in iTunes | album on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on the artist’s website

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Anouar Brahem «Blue Maqams» (ECM)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | listen in Yandex.Music

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Roberto Negro’s Dadada «Saison 3» (Label Bleu)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy in GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required)

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

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

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Leszek Możdżer & Holland Baroque «Earth Particles» (Outside Music)

trailer on YouTube | buy on the artist’s website

Paweł Brodowski comments:
This is Leszek Możdżer’s first album recorded under his own name in a few years, and released on his label. The Polish piano whiz meets Holland Baroque, a Dutch baroque music ensemble, comprising a string quintet and a harpsichord.
Inspired and communicative compositions, written by Leszek specifically for this unique combination, guarantee a success beyond jazz circles.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

The Spontaneous Music Ensemble «Karyobin – Are the Imaginary Birds Said to Live in Paradise» (Emanem)

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs

Rui Eduardo Paes comments:
The line-up of The Spontanneous Music Ensemble is John Stevens, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Dave Holland.

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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.

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

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

live recording on YouTube

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

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

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

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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. 

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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.

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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)

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

David Virelles «Gnosis» (ECM)

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

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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

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Trump Conception «Wait For It» (Trumbi Muusika)

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

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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.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

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

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

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

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, October 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. This month’s chart marks the 5th birthday of the initiative, as the inaugural chart was published in October, 2012; this is the 61st EJM Chart!

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Denmark/Norway):

Various Artists Sky Music «A Tribute To Terje Rypdal» (Rune Grammofon)

buy in iTunes | one track on SoundCloud | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

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Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK (Germany):

Lisbeth Quartett «There Is Only Make» (Traumton/Indigo)

buy in iTunes | one track on YouTube | album on the label’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Phil’s Music Laboratory «Repititive Mind» (P-Records)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezeer (registration required) | buy on Discogs | buy on artist’s website

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Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Trespass Trio «The spirit of Pitesti» (Clean Feed)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required)

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Rawfishboys «Fengling» (W.E.R.F. 145)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required)

Cim Meyer comments:
Two bright stars, Joachim Badenhorst and Brice Soniano, of creative music in Europe. A French-Belgian collaboration building on years of experience as a duo playing rather demanding acoustic instruments. The music requires your undivided attention, then you will be rewarded with clear compositional ideas, marvelous instrumental execution on double bass and clarinets, and a multitude of sonic excesses. Soothing music from kind people – though the last piece, Broen, is a reminder of the final we are heading for.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Erlend Apneseth Trio «Åra» (Hubro)

buy in iTunes | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Yandex.Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs | album on the label’s website

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Christian McBride Big Band «Bringin’ It» (Mack Avenue)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music | album on the label’s website

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Tim Berne´s Snakeoil «Incidentals» (ECM)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs |album on the label’s website

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Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Three Free Radicals «Travelogue» (Improtest Records)

buy in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Sławek Jaskułke «Tokyo Solo Concert 2016» (Sea Label, Pl/CorePort, Jp)

buy CD online | one track on YouTube

Paweł Brodowski comments:
A solo outing by one of Poland’s outstanding jazz pianists, recorded live in Japan last December, brings fresh interpretations of some of his earlier compositions presented on such studio albums as „Moments,” “Sea,” and “Senne,” with a special bonus loosely based on Krzysztof Komeda’s famous „Grey Carol.” Intimacy, introspection, subtle colors, and superb sound quality.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Slow Is Possible «Moonwatchers» (Clean Feed)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | album on the label’s website

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Dwiki Dharmawan/Gilad Atzmon/Kamal Musallam «World Peace Trio» (Enja)

buy in iTunes | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on the band’s website

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Peter Ivshin «The Path of the Hermit. Vol. 1. Triptych» (ArtBeat Music)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Bandcamp
Anna Filipieva comments:
This deep work by Muscovite drummer, Peter Ivshin, is offering a new vision of the ensemble role of the drums: instead of traditional concept, the listener is proposed to perceive percussion as a powerful generator of complex emotions.

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, September 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.

Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

1000 «1000 Anthems To Work on a Good End» (Umland / El Negocito Records)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | album on the label’s website

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Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

João Paulo Esteves Da Silva/Mário Franco/Samuel Rohrer «Bright Bird» (Arjunamusic)

release scheduled later this fall, currently available only a trailer on YouTube

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Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Goran Kajfeš «The Reason Why Vol 3» (Headspin Recordings)

one track on SoundCloud | buy on artist’s website | album on the label’s website

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Manolo Cabras Quartet «In Diotta» (El Negocito Records)

buy on iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex.Music

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Stein Urheim «Utopian Tales» (Hubro)

one track on SoundCloud | listen on Yandex.Music | слушать на Spotify (registration required) | album on the label’s website

Lars Mossefinn comments:
Norwegian guitarist Stein Urheim has really a voice of his own. This is a recording of a commissioned work he wrote for and performed at Vossa Jazz 2016 with some additional studio work. There are a lot of strong playing here. Check out the drummer Kåre Opheim.

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Jack Dejohnette/John Scofield/Larry Grenadier/John Medeski «Hudson» (Motéma)

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

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Filippo Vignato Quartet «Harvesting Minds» (CAM JAZZ)

release scheduled for September 22, preorder on Amazon

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Jazz 57 «Polskie Nagrania » (Warner Music Poland)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required)

Paweł Brodowski comments:
To mark the 60th anniversary of the legendary jazz festivals in Sopot, Poland, in 1956 and 1957, Polskie Nagrania is re-releasing two 3CD boxes that were first published a decade ago and quickly sold out. The 1957 festival was highlighted by the first postwar appearance behind the Iron Curtain of West German musicians, including Joki Freund, and Mangelsdorff brothers, Emil and Albert, plus the sensational performance of the American shouter Big Bill Ramsey that launched the rock and roll frenzy in Poland.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Eve Risser / Marcelo Dos Reis «Timeless» (JACC Records)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud

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Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K.):

Gareth Lockrane Big Band «Fistfight At The Barndance» (Whirlwind Recordings)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Ethan Iverson «The Purity of the Turf» (Criss Cross Jazz)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex.Music | album on the label’s website

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Denmark-Norway):

Various Artists «Celebrate Ornette» (SONG X)

trailer on YouTube | album on the label’s website

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Europe Jazz Media Chart, August 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.

Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Marcelo Dos Reis & Eve Risser «Timeless» (JACC Records)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud

Henning Bolte comments:
This is musical sounds on the fringe mostly JUST HAPPENING. It is surprising how it finds open places for beautiful musical sound and how it opens to the music of the spheres and inside the listener.

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Johan Jacobsson, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Pat Thomas «The Elephant Clock Of Al Jazari» (OTOroku)

listen on SoundCloud | buy on Discogs | album on label website

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Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Olli Hirvonen «New Helsinki» (Edition Records)

buy in 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 the artist’s website | album on the label’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
A personal approach to composing, arranging and new lines for the six strings – and a focused live band as well.

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Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Bergen Big Band & Dag Arnesen «Norwegian Song IV» (Odin)

trailer on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Deezer (registration required) | album on label website

Lars Mossefinn comments:
Dag Arnesen has released Norwegian Song I-III as trio recordings. Here we have some of the material arranged for big band, and the lyricism from the trio recordings is well preserved. Bergen Big Band demonstrates once again why they are one of Norway’s leading big bands.

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Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Roscoe Mitchell «Bells for the South Side» (ECM)

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | album on the label’s website

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Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Luca Aquino «Aqustico Vol. 2» (Riverberi – Losen Records)

one track on YouTube | buy on Amazon | album on the artist’s website | album on label website

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Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Adam Bałdych & Helge Lien Trio «Brother» (ACT)

Release scheduled for August 25, several tracks’ preview available on the label’s website

Paweł Brodowski comments:
Following „Bridges” from 2015, this is the second outing on ACT of the Polish violin whiz and Norwegian piano trio, with a guest appearance by saxophonist Tore Brunborg. Dedicated by Adam Bałdych to his departed brother, the new recording – blending jazz, classical and folk music – is based on his original compositions, one exception being Leonard Cohen’s „Hallelujah”. Polish lyricism, Norwegian melacholy, empathy and musicianship of highest order. To be released on CD and vinyl by the end of August.

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Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal):

Per Gardin / Pedro Lopes / Rodrigo Pinheiro «History of the Lisbon Chaplaincy» (Creative Sources)

album trailer on BandCamp (free download available)| album on label website

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Mike Flynn, Jazzwise (U.K.):

Courtney Pine «Black Notes From The Deep» (Freestyle Records)

Release scheduled for October 27, preview available on the distributor’s website or in Juno web store

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Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Anatoly Osipov/Alexey Nadzharov «Postjazz» (Bomba-Piter)

buy in iTunes | listen on Yandex.Music | album on the label’s website

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Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

James Blood Ulmer With The Thing «Baby Talk» (Trost/The Thing Records)

a fragment of the performance at the Molde Jazz Festival, which was later used for this live album, on YouTube | album in the Polish web store Serpent

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Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Laurent Coulondre «Gravity Zero» (o-tone/Edel:Kultur)

buy in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on the artist’s website

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