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3x3: Piano Trios: March 2021

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In need of an extra ray of sunshine, or perhaps feeling good already and looking for something that'll suit? Fortunately this month's roundup (slightly belated or not) should more than have you covered. Philippe Lemm Trio First Steps Outside In Music 2021 Where it might be natural enough for a jazz combo to glide or swing through a session, the Philippe Lemm Trio prefers to dance. It's apparently in Lemm's blood: the ...

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Catching Up On Mostly 2020 Releases

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Lots of interesting albums piled up in the last few months, most of them released in 2020. Dusan Jevtovic If You See Me Self Produced 2020 Serbian guitarist/composer Dusan Jevtovic assembled a strong core band for this album, which was mostly recorded live in the studio: touch guitarist and looper Markus Reuter, fretless bassist Bernat Hernandez, and drummer Gary Husband. They make an immediate impression on the opener, “Walking Seven." After a rubato ...

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Fela Kuti plus Femi and Made Kuti: Challenging Debilitating Corruption with Dramatic Music

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It's impossible to neatly sum up Fela Kuti's chaotic life, but a record company bio for a disc of the Afrobeat icon tried: “Fela's life as musician, political activist, rebel, and notorious free spirit has made him a larger-than-life icon of world music: the ultimate political artist who has survived beatings, imprisonment, government assaults and more." Describing Fela's live shows, the bio continued, “audiences were mesmerized by the army of musicians, singers and dancers gyrating onstage." It might sound like ...

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Two Contrasting Rising Stars from Norway

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While it is comparatively easy to reel off the names of numerous Norwegian jazz and improv stars, such lists do not convey the breadth, depth and variety of the music that has been produced in the country in recent decades, a statement that is equally true of Norway's Scandinavian neighbours. Rather than copying musical styles from abroad, Norwegian players have developed their own distinctive variants, with such ingredients as the use of folk melodies and electronics making them recognizably Norwegian. ...

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Springtime Sunshine

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Even though they came at different times and are good for all seasons, this is a batch of small delights that all share a certain brightness and playfulness. They make a fine bill when put together, with or without any direct connections. Chance Hayden Grab & Go Ropeadope 2020 The life of a working player is often a nonstop whirl, at least under normal circumstances: zipping around from one setting to the ...

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Fire And Ice: Two Nordic Contrasts

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The twin forces of ice and fire have long existed in Nordic mythology. In the twenty-first century, northern European music has offered stark contrasts too, with a scene as vibrant and compelling as any on earth. Labels such as Hubro, Odin, Rune Grammofon and Jazzland have brought us many artists with a common grounding in jazz and styles far beyond. On a first listen there is more that separates Hedvig Mollestad and Kjetil Mulelid than unites them, but no Norwegian ...

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3x3: Piano Trios: February 2021

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It's a European batch of trios for this month, showing all kinds of local roots and with a fascinating knack for subverting expectations. Fergus McCreadie Cairn Edition Records 2021 Scotland's tourist organization could do a lot worse than hire Fergus McCreadie for a little PR. The Jamestown-born pianist offers a completely irresistible sonic picture of his country on his second recording, full of natural beauty and delightful as the first day of summer. ...


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