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Marcelo Dos Reis: Points

Read "Points" reviewed by John Sharpe

Points unites four partners in crime, who may be familiar from excellent albums such as Chamber 4 (FMR, 2015) and For Sale (Clean Feed, 2015). But though there are many interconnections between the Portuguese threesome of guitarist Marcelo dos Reis, drummer Marco Franco and trumpeter Luis Vicente, and French cellist Valentin Ceccaldi, this is their first time on record in this particular combination. As on the above mentioned releases, they specialize in an all out improv which nonetheless touches on ...

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Axel Dörner/Agustí Fernández/Ramon Prats: Venusik

Read "Venusik" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The command must have been “make it new," and the trio of Axel Dörner (trumpet & electronics), Agustí Fernández (piano), and Ramon Prats (drums & percussion) wholeheartedly agreed. Venusik is one of several recordings made under the Spontaneous Music Tribune Series for the parent label Multikulti Project. The newness focuses on original music and, maybe better yet, original sounds. With this trio, “original" is interpreted to mean unpredictable. Dörner's trumpet plus electronics are often mistaken for a machine ...

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HoTS: Numbers

Read "Numbers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Poland's HoTS quintet makes its own mark on European modern jazz, led by composer/guitarist Mikołaj Poncyljusz. The band takes its name from the title of their first album, Harmony of The Spheres, and the Pythagorean mathematics referenced there continue in the numerical titles given to all but one of the tracks on Numbers. Opener “#26" shows a band in the Blue Note hard bop tradition, the twin horns of trumpeter Radosław Nowak and tenor saxophonist Bartosz Tkacz leading the way ...

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Olie Brice Quintet: Immune to Clockwork

Read "Immune to Clockwork" reviewed by John Eyles

For some time, bassist Olie Brice has been a highly-regarded member of the London improvising community, so it is a genuine pleasure to welcome Immune to Clockwork, his debut album as a leader. Many ingredients combine to mark out effective band leaders from the less successful ones; on this showing, Brice ticks enough boxes to indicate that he is well suited to the role. Firstly, a leader must have the knack of selecting band personnel who combine together effectively; that ...

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Hera: Where My Complete Beloved Is

Read "Where My Complete Beloved Is" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

It may be symbolic that the albums of the innovative Polish ensemble Hera are released by the label Multikulti. After all, the label's name follows Don Cherry's all-embracing vision of a new world music, a vision where distant and foreign traditions enrich each other, artificial genre distinctions and geographical boundaries are blurred, and stereotypical divisions between high and low, and ancient and modern art are unknown. Headed by composer and reed player Wacław Zimpel, Hera takes Cherry's concept even further ...

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Undivided: Moves Between Clouds: Live in Warsaw

Read "Moves Between Clouds: Live in Warsaw" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Polish composer/clarinetist Wacław Zimpel is one of the most promising musicians from the European continent. He leads the pan-European-American quintet Undivided, collaborates regularly with key musicians from the Chicago scene such as Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy and Dave Rempis, and is a member of other local outfits. On Univided's Moves Between Clouds: Live in Warsaw, Zimpel demonstrates a unique sonic aesthetic and musical vision. His compositions are multilayered, possess strong thematic structures and feature an expansive compositional ...

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Robert Kusiolek / Anton Sjarov / Ksawery Wojcinski / Klaus Kugel: Nuntium

Read "Nuntium" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Polish-born/German-resident , composer/accordionist Robert Kusiolek has created an arresting concept of sounds, themes and patterns for his debut as a leader. Nuntium features minimal improvisation that draws from modern contemporary and avant-garde aesthetics, as well as jazz and folk and ethnic traditions. All seven cinematic improvisations feature a clear architecture and stress intimate and receptive interplay without sacrificing individual articulation. “Chapter 1" begins with Klaus Kugel' spare, soothing, resonant percussive sounds, but soon violinist Anton Sjarov's playing ...


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