Europe Jazz Media Chart, juli 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
Weather Report: Live in Offenbach 1978 (MIG)

Matthieu Jouan, citizenjazz.com
Oli Steidle & The Killing Popes: Ego Pills (Shhpuma / Trem Azul)

German drummer and composer Oliver Steidle offers a very energetic, electric music with numerous and quality guests. An important group in the dynamic German scene.

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing
Shalosh: Onwards And Upwards (Act)

Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica
Exoterm (K.B. Alberts, N. Cline, R. Nergaard, J.Black): Exits Into A Corridor (HUBRO)

Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika
Kadri Voorand: In Duo with Mihkel Mälgand (Avarus)

Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum
Eryk Kulm Quintessence: Private Things  (Polskie Radio)

This album is a sort of comeback for veteran drummer Eryk Kulm, who has led a group called Quintessence since the early ’90s with a varying lineup, bringing together some of the best young musicians on the Polish scene. This newest CD features a very special guest – the legendary expatriate American trumpeter Rasul Siddik, who has remarkable partners in saxophonist Marcin Kaletka and pianist Marcin Szkil, supported by Michał Jaros on bass and Kulm on drums. With the exception of the opening tune (Prashana, by Dolph Castellano), all the remaining pieces are originals, penned by the leader –  basic, modal sketches, inviting a conversational approach to free improvisation, premeated by the yearning, melancholy mood reminiscent of early ’60s Coltrane.

Mike Flynn, Jazzwise
Partisans: Nit De Nit (Whirlwind Recordings)

Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru
Zhenya Strigalev, Federico Dannemann: The Change (Rainy Days Records)

Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu
Sam Rivers Trio: Emanation (Nobusiness)

Henning Bolte, Written in Music
Gabriel Ferrandini Feat. Hernâni Faustino, Pedro Sousa: Volúpias (Clean Feed)

The haunting music of Volúpias lurks on the nocturnal edge between all and nothing.

Cim Meyer, Jazz Special
Jon Irabagon Quartet: Dr. Quixotic’s Travelling Exotics (Irabbagast Records)

Jon Irabagon is based in New York City and manages to be a composer, bandleader and saxophonist as well as a record label-owner. Dr. Quixotic’s Travelling Exotics is recorded while his quartet was on a lengthy tour in South America. Irabagon’s well-established group teams up with trumpeter Tim Hagans and they bop, weave, dance and fly through six of Irabagon’s tangled creations. The group move back and forth within jazz history in a daredevil adventure tempered only by a dose of macabre freak-show. The compositions are distinguished by cyclical, interwoven lines, strange meters and intense motivic developments. Irabagon, Luis Perdomo (p), Yasushi Nakamura (b), Rudy Royston (d) and the guest Tim Hagans (tp) blow over these abnormal forms and draw from post-bop, free improvisation and progressive rock. The contagious humor is manifested in delightful, stunning lunacy.

Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid
Exoterm: Exits Into A Corrido (HUBRO)

Viktor Bensusan, jazzdergisi.com
Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy (ECM)

A subtle take on Thelonious Monk, whose style can only be described as literally Thelonious Monk if not überjazz. Two cool and calm virtuosi in the setting of the historical Village Vanguard interpret Monk’s tunes and other standards almost in the comfort of your room.

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