Europe Jazz Media Chart, maj 2019

Europas ledande jazztidskrifter och webbsidor som skriver om jazz har gått samman under namnet Europe Jazz Media (EJM). Målet är att arbeta objektivt med gemensamma mål för att uppmuntra och stärka intresset för jazz och sprida kunskap och medvetenhet om utvecklingen och mångfalden inom jazzen. Ett av de första initiativen är Europe Jazz Media Chart som uppdateras månadsvis. Listan är inte försäljningsrelaterad utan ställer samman uppgifter om vilka skivor de olika tidskrifterna och webbsidorna rekommenderar och tipsar om.

Patrik Sandberg, OrkesterJournalen
Splash: Splash 1970-1979 Samtliga inspelningar (Splash)

The swedish group Splash was a group that combined fusion, atonal jazz, latin, progrock  à la Zappa. Splash keeps the listener on the toes with breakthrough transverse turns and unpredictable arrangements. All three lp:s the group made comes with a lot of unissued recordings in this vibrant 6-cd box that comes with a booklet.

Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica
Erlend Apnetseth Trio: Salika, Molika  (Hubro Music)

Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika
Three Free Radicals X Liis Viira: Atlas of the Heavens (Improtest Records)

Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum
Jerzy Mączyński: Jerry & The Pelican System (Polish Jazz)

Following the two albums by the Kuba Więcek Trio, Another Raindrop and Multitasking, this is another of the newest debut entries in the famed record series Polish Jazz released by Polskie Nagrania/Warner Music Poland. The 24-year old saxophonist Jerzy Mączyński is now a student of Berklee College of Music in Valencia. The daring and innovative music concept of his group reflects the ambitions and aspirations of the youngest generation of the Polish jazz scene.

Mike Flynn, Jazzwise
Bonsai: Bonsai Club (Ubuntu Music)

Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru
Misha Tsiganov: Playing with the Wind (Criss Cross Jazz)

Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu
Aki Takase Japanic: Thema Prima (BMC)

Over the years, Aki Takase has made her own versions of the music by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy, all in their her very personal way. And now she brings four, relatively young musicians, into her wonderful, musical world. And I think she should continue with that when they are back in Berlin. For this is creative, tough and incredibly delicious, from the start to the end!

Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK
The Comet Is Coming: Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery (Impulse)

Viktor Bensusan, jazzdergisi.com
Eivind Austad Trio: Northbound (Losen Records)

Eivind Austad is a pianist from Bergen whose non-Norwegian jazz style may have more influence of the economic pianism of John Lewis than the democratic trio interplays of Bill Evans. In addition, Eivind’s subliminal admiration of David Bowie creates brand-new standards in each of his album. Space Oddity in this album, Life On Mars in his previous one.

Henning Bolte, Written in Music
Aki Takase Japanic: Thema Prima (BMC)

Pianist Aki Takase is a mainstay of the Berlin’s jazz world in decades. Her music here: energetic and entertaining as always, powerful and playful as we know from her, sensitive and exotic as we expect and more. Having started in a remarkable duo with Maria Joāo decades ago, she now joins forces with younger and youngest forces. Saxophoniker Daniel Erdmann, turntablist DJ Illvibe, bassman Johannes Fink and great new light Dag Magnus Narvesen on drums let the corners tremble, let the dust shine, the brakes glow and the blossoms fly. Simply a joyful jaunt! 

Cim Meyer, Jazz Special
Myles Wright: The Manhattan EP (self-produced Blue-Ray disc)

Top notch New York musicians perform fresh big band material poised between complexity and passion.

Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid
Helge Lien Trio: 10 (Ozella Music)

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz Thing
Snarky Puppy: Immigrance (GroundUp Music)

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