Europe Jazz Media Chart, oktober 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.

Magnus Nygren, OrkesterJournalen
Per Texas Johansson: Stråk på himlen och stora hus (Moserobie)

Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid
Louis Sclavis: Characters On A Wall (ECM 2645)

Matthieu Jouan, citizenjazz.com
Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die 2 – bird dogs of paradise  (International Anthem)

This anti-Trump and anti-racist manifesto disc is a current version of the Fable of Faubus, Don Cherry’s musical universe and Jeanne Lee’s Blasé holler with Archie Shepp. Everything reappears here, like a fountain resurfacing from a volcano. And everything ends with a love song.

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing
Avishai Cohen & Yonathan Avishai: Playing The Room (ECM)

Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica
Øyvind Skarbø – Skarbø Skulekorps:  Skarbø Skulekorps (HUBRO Musc)

Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika
Mart Soo & Kulgejad: Kulg II (Mart Soo)

Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum
Marek Napiórkowski: Hipokamp (Agora)

Marek Napiórkowski has been for years considered Poland’s top jazz guitarist, a successor to the sadly departed Jarek Śmietana. His newest album Hipokamp offers a fresh and exciting mix of ”sophisticated jazz improvisations with the world of electronic sound structures, progressive rock, ethno, and funk”. The electric guitar virtuoso is joined by top Polish players –  Jan Smoczyński on synthesizers, Paweł Dobrowolski on drums, special guest Adam Pierończyk on saxophones, and Brazil’s precussion master Luis Ribeiro.

Mike Flynn, Jazzwise
Alice Zawadzki: Within You Is A World Of Spring (Whirlwind Recordings)

Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru
Makar Kashitsyn: Jazz Animals (Rainy Days Records)

Cim Meyer, Jazz Special
Max Agnas Trio: Komposition VII (Loumi Records)

Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu
The Way Out: Yes We Are (Insulamusic)

”The Mad Professor” Torsten Høeg runs this quartet of young musicians, into the world of popish jazz with roots in South Africa and the world of Albert Ayler and the othes masters.

Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik
Trillmann: Live (Tangible)

Viktor Bensusan, jazzdergisi.com
Pokaz Trio: Kintsugi (Losen Records)

The piano trio is a universal medium for jazz and lately pre/post-jazz. In this album, pianist Andrew Pokaz presents a kind of Zen and The Art of Piano Trio with blended local flavors from his hometown of multi-ethnic Odessa, Ukraine …

Henning Bolte, Written in Music
qÖÖlp: qÖÖlp (BMC)

Why is qÖÖlp such a good combination of musicians, why is the music of this album such a marvelous, convincing throw, a throw immediately clicking in and firing full salvo? There is much good music around, but this is the exponentially best I met this time.
The line-up of three string instruments, violin, cello, 7-strings guitar and drums give a hint already. The musicians on it totally make it (happen): the notorious Ceccaldi bros. (Sicilian roots), beautiful and wild, a stunning, dryly electrifying Ronny Graupe, and a here totally unbeatable Lillinger operating from deep inside with his unrelenting hyper-rapidly squirreling strokes.
That means interlocking heavy gangue and finest chiselling. It blows, bangs and crashes, it rumbles and shrieks, dreams calmly and jubilates in highest pitch with Affenzahn, breakneck speed. The wolves join in, howling passionately with snouts raised. These four musicians meet and reinforce each other in high energy dynamics as well as structural equilibrity and clarity, naturally and with exhilarating results.

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