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Espen Eriksen Trio With Andy Sheppard: Perfectly Unhappy

Read "Perfectly Unhappy" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Primo Levi wrote that perfect happiness and perfect unhappiness are both beyond reach. For this he blamed our human condition, which is opposed to everything infinite.

Maybe this album's title is also a comment on our hope and despair through life's journey. Not within the realm of Levi's suffering, of course, but in our ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sigurd Hole: Elvesang

Read "Elvesang" reviewed by John Kelman

Sigurd Hole has already built a strong reputation, in his native Norway, for his work with Eple Trio on albums including The Widening Sphere of Influence (NORCD, 2008), in addition to the trio's collaborations with NORCD label head/saxophonist/goat horn master Karl Seglem on albums like NORSKjazz.no (NORCD, 2012). The double bassist has also collaborated with guitarist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kjetil Mulelid Trio: Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House

Read "Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian pianist/composer Kjetil Mulelid leads his young trio in a program with a maturity that contradicts their age. Their music is lyrical and exploratory, with a high degree of group interaction, and even a bit of free playing. Opener “Entrance" finds them moving together through the rhythmic waves. “Fly, Fly" begins with Mulelid in a slightly ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

All About Jazz is celebrating Tord Gustavsen's birthday today!

This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line. In the seven years that have elapsed since the recording of a debut album that proved both a ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Top 25 "Read" Album Reviews: 2016

Read "Top 25 "Read" Album Reviews: 2016" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our top twelve published in 2016.

Evolution
Dr. Lonnie Smith
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 4, 2016

Spark
Hiromi
by Jeff Winbush

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

So many reviews this year, in so many genres, that I've split them into two categories--"Jazz" and “Latin, World & Experimental"--in response to the feeling that I was trying to compare apples to oranges. They're presented in more or less chronological order, and the guiding principle was whether I had a clear memory of the recording ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

2016 Belgrade Jazz Festival
Belgrade, Serbia
October 26-October 30, 2016

Because of the wars in the former Yugoslavia, the Belgrade Jazz Festival, like most good things in the Balkans, went dark for 15 years after 1990. When it started up again in 2005, it was small. By 2008, it was big enough ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ulrich Drechsler Quartet: Humans & Places

Read "Humans & Places" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il tedesco Ulrich Drechsler, musicista interamente dedito al clarinetto basso con il quale si cimenta in contesti assai diversi (in uscita un suo lavoro in duo con il nostro Stefano Battaglia), รจ qui al suo esordio discografico -avvenuto dieci anni orsono -alla testa di un quartetto che ha in organico il prestigioso pianista norvegese Tord Gustavsen, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Donder: Still

Read "Still" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A tiny brick chapel in the gloom of dusk, double doors flung open revealing a bright interior of the edifice in the foreground of dark, dense foliage, on the cover of Still, the debut CD release of the Belgium-based piano trio, Donder. The imagery portrays to perfection the music of the group. Reflective and often minimalist, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

All About Jazz is celebrating Tord Gustavsen's birthday today!

This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line. In the seven years that have elapsed since the recording of a debut album that proved both a ...