Europe Jazz Media Chart, december 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
Oya Sextett: Live (Signal and Sound Records)

Swedish pianist Sebastian Bergström in a spirit rejoice. Joyful and brilliant executed, he and his band bring new life to the songs of South Africans like Dudu Pukwana, Chris McGregor and Louis Moholo.

Viktor Bensusan, jazzdergisi.com
Herring/Watson/Bartz: Bird at 100 (Smoke Sessions Records)

If Bird lives, this is the album! 3 of the best mainstream saxophonists backed by a stellar rhythm section for Bird’s tunes, standards as well as originals.

Henning Bolte, Written in Music
Lumen Drones: Umbra (Hubro)

Cim Meyer, Jazz Specia
Maluba Orchestra: Maluba (Stunt Records)

A strong contender for the Danish Release of 2019. Great compositions and great soloists pointing towards a bright future without dropping the jazz tradition.

Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid
Reolô: Andre Sida (ta:lik)

Matthieu Jouan, citizenjazz.com
Signe Emmeluth’s Amoeba: Chimaera (Øra Fonogram)

We can take the problem in any direction, we must recognize that the Danish alto saxophonist and composer Signe Emmeluth is a great musician who has a strong sense of collective, narrative and whose energetic colors are generous. This second record contains all that. Well, it contains … let’s say it explodes instead!

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing
Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter: Good Hope (Edition Records)

Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica
Acre: Different Constellation   (Autrecords)

Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika
Kirke Karja Quartet: Wrong Kind of Paradise (Kirke Karja 2019)

Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu
Lumen Drones: Umbra (Hubro)

Lumen Drones is doing the Norwegian folk music accessible to all the people of the world, and something better and more modern than what this trio is doing to further develop Norwegian folk music, is almost impossible to do. And they not even play the traditional songs – everything is written by the trio! A gem of a recording!

Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum
High Definition Quartet: Dziady (Anaklasis)

A fascinating new album by the young Polish pianist and visionary composer Piotr Orzechowski “Pianohooligan”. A musical re-imagining of the second part of the messianic drama ”Forefathers” (an ancient feast summoning the ghosts) by the great Polish romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz  (1798-1855). It is a sort of suite, in which jazzy parts of the High Definition Quartet (Mateusz Śliwa – ts, ss; Piotr Orzechowski – p, Alan Wykpisz – b, Grzegorz Pałka – dr) are juxtaposed with electronic sets offered by ambient masters William Basinski and Robert Rich (USA), Christian Fennesz (Austria) and Poland’s own Krzysztof Knittel and Igor Boxx (from the duet Skalpel). A spiritual journey into the human soul.

Mike Flynn, Jazzwise
Bill Laurance: Live At The Philharmonie Cologne (Jazzline)

Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru
Kristina Kovalyova: Hristya v namysti (Hristya v namysti)

Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik
Shake Stew: GrisGris (Traumton)

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