Eyal Hareuveni's Best Releases of 2011
A list that represent only the tip of many excellent releases that I have listened to in 2011. In no particular order...
Another great release by the excellent trumpet player and composer who weaves modal music of the Iraqi maqam with the rhythms and aesthetics of modern jazz
Third release by this excellent, unorthodox piano trio, focusing on weightless sound world.
Where My Complete Beloved Is
Magical and timeless music by the Polish ensemble, headed by reed player Waclaw Zimpel.
Nina de Heney
Found You Recordings
Formidable Swedish double-bassist who dances on her third solo release. She deserves much more attention.
This great orchestra always surprises. This time with Composer-trombonist Øyvind Brække, TJO offer a poetical reflections on wars and their aftermaths, after the 2008 war in Gaza.
Mats Gustafsson pays tribute to the 50's golden age of the Swedish jazz.
For Flowers, Cars And Merry Wars
This improvisational Norwegian trio reinvents its sound and attitude with every new release, this time with darker, electrified sound.
Excellent compositions by this Norwegian violinist, excellent arrangements, excellent performances.
Master vocalist Shyu and master bassist Dresser expand the languages of their instruments.
A Little Stroke of LightLive Solo Guitar 2010
Majestic solo guitar improvisation.
One of the great releases of Dave Douglas this year, with healty doses of humor, elegance and invention.
The Other Parade
In honor of German sax hero Peter Brötzmann's 70th birthday two excellent documentaries were released.
Bernard Josse in collaboration with Gérard Rouy (directors)
Soldier of the Road
Soldier of the Road
René Jeuckens, Thomas Mau & Grischa Windus (Directors)
Music that deserve your attention:
Japanese pianist and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's Kizuna World project of musical, cinematic and visual collaboration to benefit the Japanese community of Fukushima that suffered from a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, this year.
A similar project of the musicians vocalist Michiro Endo, sound sculptor Otomo Yoshihide and poet Ryoichi Wago, Project Fukushima! offer most interesting Japanese musical collaborations who contributed their compositions to benefit Fukushima.