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Ståhls Trio: Källtorp Sessions Volume Two

Read "Källtorp Sessions Volume Two" reviewed by Mark Corroto


This is the third release by vibraphonist Mattias Ståhl, bassist Joe Williamson and drummer Christopher Cantillo and also the second release to come from the trio's 2017 studio recordings. Källtorp Sessions Volume Two adds trombonist Mats Äleklint on two tracks with Ståhl on soprano saxophone from what one assumes is an additional 2018 studio session. Like Källtorp Sessions Volume One (Moserobie, 2019), the performances are crisp and nattily sharp. Ståhl's vibraphone, which can be heard in bands such ...

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Johan Lindström Septett: On The Asylum

Read "On The Asylum" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Multi-instrumentalist and composer Johan Lindström issued his 2018 septet debut Music For Empty Halls (Moserobie Music) to global accolades. The unique set was nominated for a Swedish Grammy, an award which Lindström had captured on four previous occasions. The debut was noted for its unhurried and democratic approach to creative ensemble music. On the Asylum, the second outing of the Johan Lindström Septett surpasses its predecessor as a stunning and eclectic project. Lindström is not yet well-known in ...

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Per Texas Johansson: Stråk på himlen och stora hus

Read "Stråk på himlen och stora hus" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Swedish multi-woodwind expert and composer Per Texas Johansson is a musical freethinker who dishes out a series of unfettered compositions, injected with heartening attributes on his latest solo effort. As a top-flight session artist, Johansson has been at the forefront of the fertile Scandinavian music scene. Here, the artist blends a multidimensional soundscape with vocalists who often shade or reshape the proceedings with hallowed wordless choruses, while also providing depth to these resonating thematic overtures, spiked with up-tempo motifs, sanguine ...

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Danel Bingert: Berit In Space

Read "Berit In Space" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Berit In Space is available in all formats from LP to CD and digital except cassette, but you don't have to play the vinyl version to get at least some of the vinyl experience. The album's very clever sound incorporates what is described as a “true-vinyl-record-remaster" that includes a needle drop as each “side" begins, plus that end of the “side" snap of the stylus. The sound returns to the warmth of the pre-digital listening experience, as does the music ...

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Ståhls trio: Källtorp Sessions, Volume One

Read "Källtorp Sessions, Volume One" reviewed by Mark Corroto


In a more perfect world, jazz would be found on jukeboxes. Better still, how about adventurist jazz on jukeboxes? Mattias Ståhl's trio brings this thought to mind. His Källtorp Sessions, Volume One is comprised of nine tracks averaging 3¾ minutes, perfect for those 45 rpm singles. The Stähls Trio of Mattias Ståhl (vibraphone), Joe Williamson (bass), and Christopher Cantillo (drums), follow up on their premier outing Jag Skulle Bara Gå Ut (Moserobie Music, 2013). These escapades by a ...

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Håvard Wiik: This Is Not a Waltz

Read "This Is Not a Waltz" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Leading-edge Norwegian pianist Håvard Wiik is a widely acclaimed artist via his work in the eminent Scandinavian free bop band, Atomic and collaborations with saxophonists Joe Lovano, Ken Vandermark and many other jazz VIPs. Yet he's equally at home settling into modern jazz frameworks or when venturing into the outside peripheries of jazz. But this release, recorded with his piano trio, delivers a smaller scale and comprehensive synthesis of his advanced technical skills, approach and style. Wiik injects ...

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Johan Lindström Septett: Music For Empty Halls

Read "Music For Empty Halls" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There is an old soul lurking in the body of guitarist Johan Lindström. I mean both the body corporal and his guitar body. His septet recording Music For Empty Halls draws the ear back to a time when music was less rushed and much more thoughtful. He's assembled a collection of compositions in a most considerate manner. He's done that by composing and arranging the music, and by choosing just the right combinations of performers and varied instrumentation for each ...


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