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Wójciński-Szmańda Quartet, Dustin Laurenzi and More

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The underlying theme in this episode appears to be ensembles of varying sizes and styles. From Sweden, trumpeter Goran Kajfeš' quartet Tropique blends elements of groove, trance, improv, African with a Don Cherry on top in the new Into The Wild, while another quartet, the Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet from Poland, knocks down the walls of same-same with power balanced with spacy contemplation. You'll also hear trios of different plateaus: bassist Stephan Crump, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Cory Smythe, Wojciech Jachna-Grzegorz ...

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Goran Kajfes Tropiques: Enso

Read "Enso" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the 1970s, along with the rise in FM radio and stereo sound, a phenomena called “headphones-only album rock" was devised. A DJ might play all 26 minutes of Pink Floyd's “Shine on You Crazy Diamond" or John Coltrane's version of “My Favorite Things," at 42 minutes. In the same spirit we find Swedish trumpeter Goran Kajfes Tropiques' song “Enso" from the album of the same name, which clocks in at just over 50 minutes. It is not ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Goran Kajfes: X/Y

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Goran KajfešX/YHeadspin Recordings2011 Best known for his work with the timewarp friendly Swedish band Oddjob, Croatian-born trumpeter Goran Kajfeš has released two solo albums during the last decade--on each of which he too has had one foot planted in retro ground and the other in more modern and electronica informed territory. Elements of Home (EMI Svenska, 2001) and Headspin (Headspin, 2005)--together with Oddjob's Ennio Morricone and Lalo Schrifin inspired Clint (ACT, ...