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David Helbock

Two rewards and the audience prize at the world biggest jazz-piano-solo competition of the Jazzfestival Montreux, a lot of enthusiastic/international reviews for his CDs and the most important prize in Austria 2011 - the "Outstanding Artist Award" - David Helbock, the pianoplayer coming from a small little village in Austria called Koblach, is with no doubt, has already had a great international musical career. Helbock is not only a great pianist, he is also a very individual thinker, who is investing not only a lot of dexterity but also quite an amount of brain activity to his projects

Esbjorn Svensson Trio: e.s.t. live in london

Read "e.s.t. live in london" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Let's get the obligatory background recap out of the way first. The Esbjorn Svensson Trio was a one-of-a-kind outfit, their DNA encompassing an amorphous pop-classical-jazz-tronica mix that made all those things co-exist so naturally it was almost unnatural. For all their bold experimentalism in disregarding genres, sculpting song structures and often integrating processed sounds into the ...

Esbjorn Svensson Trio: e.s.t. live in london

Read "e.s.t. live in london" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the ten years since the Esbjörn Svensson Trio came to a tragic end, a handful of piano trios have shown a trace of promise in becoming successors to the eclectic pianist's group. Capturing the raw energy that coalesced jazz, classical, rock, and technique in their unique way has been elusive. Since Svensson's accidental death in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joachim Kuhn: Love & Peace

Read "Love & Peace" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The German ACT label achieved global recognition when they issued the Esbjorn Svensson Trio album Viaticum (2005) and they warrant broader discovery by U.S. jazz fans. Though their country's best known label casts a global shadow over its competition, the ACT catalog has included Richie Beirach, Lars Danielsson, Vijay Iyer, Manu Katche, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bugge Wesseltoft, ...

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 ...