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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott DuBois: Autumn Wind

Read "Autumn Wind" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When last we heard from guitarist Scott DuBois he was conjuring visceral thoughts of our coldest times on Winter Light (ACT Music, 2015). Now he's turned back the calendar one season, turning his attention toward harvest days with Autumn Wind.

While there are certain similarities between DuBois' two seasonal epics--the presence of bassist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bugge Wesseltoft: Everybody Loves Angels

Read "Everybody Loves Angels" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Energy flows in different ways, finding its specific ways into tonal, musical expression. The music of this album is quiet, and unfolds gently and clearly, without any rush or sensational attention catching orchestrations. Every single tone falls into its genuine mold and among those independent entities concordances arise without blending. The album is a highly personal ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marius Neset: Circle of Chimes

Read "Circle of Chimes" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's not just the breath-taking scope and depth of saxophonist/composer Marius Neset's ACT Music releases, Lion (2014), Snowmelt (2016) and now Circle of Chimes (2017) that's remarkable, but the fact that such powerful waves of music have come from the thirty-two-year old Norwegian in the span of just three years.

Stylistically diverse as they are, ...

Various Artists: E.S.T. Symphony

Read "E.S.T. Symphony" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Before Esbjorn Svensson's tragic death in 2008 there were clear signs that e.s.t. was hungry to explore new musical terrain; Leucocyte (ACT Records, 2008), the trio's live-in-the-studio improvisation with its metal-jazz thunder, brooding electronics and epic excursions was proof of that. However, five years previously, Svensson, Dan Berglund and Magnus Ostrom had played a handful of ...

Andreas Schaerer/Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy: The Big Wig

Read "The Big Wig" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy and the sextet Hildegard Lernt Fliegen come below Andreas Schaerer on the billing on this CD/DVD offering, suggesting the star quality of this unique contemporary composer/vocalist. The Big Wig suite-- composed and orchestrated by Schaerer--comprises newly composed material and reworkings of several tunes from Hildegard Lernt Fliegen's The Fundamental ...

Black String: Mask Dance

Read "Mask Dance" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The geomungo--the Korean six-stringed fretted zither--is one of the oldest string instruments in the world, the combination of paulownia and chestnut wood body and twisted silk strings dating to the fourth century. The geomungo is at the heart of Black String, an exciting quartet led by Yoon Jeong Heo, in whose hands this most traditional of ...

Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang: Ha Noi Duo

Read "Ha Noi Duo" reviewed by Ian Patterson

After exploring the pop culture of the 1960s/1970s in Songs of Freedom (ACT Music, 2011) and paying big-band tribute to Pink Floyd's iconic album on Celebrating The Dark Side of the Moon (ACT Music, 2014), French guitarist/producer Nguyên Lê returns to explore his Vietnamese ancestry on Hà Nôi Duo, with vocalist/multi- instrumentalist Ngô Hồng Quang and ...

Joachim Kühn/Chris Jennings/Eric Schaefer: Beauty & Truth

Read "Beauty & Truth" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

German born pianist/composer Joachim Kühn is not without a global following though it's a shame that he is not more widely recognized in the US. Having spent much of his professional life in Paris, he did occupy some time between, residing in California. His musical interests are as broad as the roster of top-tier artists he ...

Marius Neset/London Sinfonietta: Snowmelt

Read "Snowmelt" reviewed by Ian Patterson

That Marius Neset would eventually produce an extended orchestral-inspired work had been on the cards for some time. As early as his debut as leader, Suite for the Seven Mountains (Calibrated, 2008), the Norwegian saxophonist was incorporating strings into a contemporary jazz setting with a very personal stamp of authority. The extraordinary Birds (Edition Records, 2013) ...

Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr: Landed in Brooklyn

Read "Landed in Brooklyn" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

German brothers Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr have been highly regarded talents in their home country since they were teenagers. Signed to the ACT label in 2006, their debut album that year, Remember Chet (for Chet Baker), showed remarkable maturity. By their sophomore outing Upgraded in Gothenburg (2009), the brothers had sufficient brand equity to draw bassist ...


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