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Wolfgang Schlüter Quartet & NDR Bigband: Visionen

Read "Visionen" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Visionen may be the best big band recording that went largely unheard in 2012. The music itself was hiding in plain sight, available for purchase from the usual on-line mega-stores (i.e. Amazon.com) and download sights (i.e. iTunes), but the record received scant attention in jazz circles, and the majority of the attention it did receive came from sources fairly close to home for this Hamburg-based project. Wolfgang Schlüter--Germany's elder statesman of the vibraphone--and his highly interactive band, ...

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Karin Hammr, Chris Jennings, Ingrid Jensen, Patrick Goraguer: Land

Read "Land" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Given the vast, wide-ranging collective experience of the four musicians, which runs the gamut from bop to big band, from South African jazz-fusion to pop, and from Brazilian music to more experimental fields, a more obviously eclectic recording wouldn't have been a surprise. Instead, the music on Land has a distinct, unified identity. Songwriting credits are shared between trombonist Karin Hammar and double bassist Chris Jennings, though there's a strong quartet sound, with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and drummer/percussionist Patrick Goraguer ...

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Don Friedman: Live at JazzBaltica

Read "Live at JazzBaltica" reviewed by Andrey Henkin


This group featured on this album, yet another in the happy slew of recordings coming out from Don Friedman in the last few years, is billed as the Salzau Trio. What this means is that on the occasion of Friedman's invitation to the 14th Annual JazzBaltica Festival in Salzau, Germany, he convened a trio with regular bassist Martin Wind and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington for a first-time appearance. The result, a set from July 3, 2004, was recorded and released ...

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Albert Mangelsdorff/Arild Andersen/Pierre Favre: Triplicity

Read "Triplicity" reviewed by Andrey Henkin


A musical innovator's sound is unmistakable. For example, listen to any thick slap by Mingus and you know it's him. From the opening moments of Triplicity, there is no question that the trombone is Albert Mangelsdorff's. Mangelsdorff, Germany's most famous musician, participated in many performances under the auspices of the NordDeutscher Rundfunk (German Radio) either as part of its big band or at its many workshops, opportunities for European musicians and Americans either traveling or living abroad to ...


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