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
Lars Färnlöf: Att angöra en brygga: Soundtracks & Rehearsals (Mellotronen)
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.
Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing
Dave Holland: Uncharted Territiories (Dare 2 Records)
Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica
Cosmo Sheldrake: The Much Much How How & I (Transgressive Records)
Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika
Kristjan Randalu: Absence (ECM 2018)
Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum
Oleś Brothers & Christopher Dell: Górecki Ahead (Audio Cave)
This is the trio’s follow up to their previous collaboration Komeda Ahead. An inspired re-intrerpetation 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.
Mike Flynn, Jazzwise
Enemy: Enemy (Edition)
Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru
Sasha Mashin: Outsidethebox (Rainy Days Records)
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 on alto, and Rosario Giuliani on tenor (plus sixteen other worthy musicians.)
Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu
Anthony Braxton: Sextet (Parker) 1993 (New Braxton House Records)
The drummer, Max Roach, once said about the Saxophonist Anthony Braxton’s relationship with colleague Charlie Parker that “I think he exemplifies the spirit of Charlie Parker, and the fact that he dares to do something different to try another direction”
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.
Anthony Braxton is known as one of the most original composers and conceptualists in the jazz in the last fifty years, and has also 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. And 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.
On this 11 CD Box we meet Braxton together with a brilliant band that is well versed in the jazz tradition and with very creative music performance. Our favourite, the Dutch piano player Misha Mengelberg, the trumpeter Paul Smoker, which we do not know so well, but which is a real eye opener on these recordings, tenor saxophonist Ari Brown from Chicago, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Pheeroan akLaff, while one other Dutch jazz innovator, drummer Han Bennink, replaces akLaff on one of the recordings). These represent several styles and generations, and the interaction between them is absolute fantastic. Every musician is pushed to the edge of what they are capable of and grow at the challenge of this encounter. And this is a project you will never hear again since both Smoker and Mengelberg have left this world. Therefore, this box can also be seen as a tribute to these two.
One of the best live recordings I have ever heard!
Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK
Lucas Niggli: Alchemia Garden (Intakt Records / Harmonia Mundi)
Henning Bolte, Jazzism
Sonar W/ David Torn: Vortex (Rare Noise Records)
Cim Meyer, Jazz Special
Anat Cohen And Trio Brasileiro: Rosa Dos Ventos (Anzic Records)
An almost chamber-musical approach from some excellent musicians. Title track is a clarinet-percussion duo and everything is acoustic and intimate.
Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid
Gunhild Seim/Marilyn Crispell/David Rothenberg: Grenseland (Drollehålå Records)