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Vincent Peirani: Living Being II - Night Walker

Read "Living Being II - Night Walker" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Led Zeppelin and the accordion is an unlikely pairing, but then so is a collection that mixes the compositions of Robert Plant, John Bonham and Jimmy Page with Sonny Bono. Nice, France native and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Peirani has recorded five albums as a leader/co-leader for ACT Records. Living Being ll--Night Walker is the follow up to ...

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Piano Trios: 3x3

Read "Piano Trios: 3x3" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Immortal Onion
Ocelot of Salvation
Requiem Records
2017

This Polish trio seems set to confuse from the start. If you're pinning your metaphysical hopes on a jungle cat, your spiritual leanings probably lean toward ideas of oneness and harmony more than salvation from evil. Vegetables aren't exactly things we think of ...

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Stefano Bollani Trio: Mediterraneo. Jazz at Berlin Philarmonic

Read "Mediterraneo. Jazz at Berlin Philarmonic" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il diciassettesimo disco per la serie Jazz at Berlin Philarmonic, diretta da Siggi Loch e pubblicata dalla ACT, sposta l'attenzione dal jazz centro e nord europeo per mettere a fuoco l'Italia.

Protagonista della serata documentata su disco, il 12 Giugno 2017, era Stefano Bollani, alla testa del suo “trio danese," ma affiancato anche dal ...

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Scott DuBois: Autumn Wind

Read "Autumn Wind" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ottimo chitarrista ed eccellente compositore, il quarantenne Scott DuBois è tra i musicisti più interessanti in circolazione e negli ultimi anni ha proposto lavori di tutto rispetto, tra i quali spicca nel 2015 Winter Light, per la ACT, in quartetto con Gebhard Ullmann, Thomas Morgan e Kresten Osgood, cioè la medesima formazione di questo Autumn Wind, ...

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Lars Danielsson/Paolo Fresu: Summerwind

Read "Summerwind" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

ACT Music brings together a pair of virtuosos in Lars Danielsson and Paolo Fresu, for the duo outing Summerwind. Both are well-known for their melodic and expressive playing as well as an innate gift for spontaneity. Recorded in the Swedish seaport city of Gothenburg, in early 2018, the album incorporates elements of folk, classical and jazz ...

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

Read "e.s.t. live in london" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Ten years on from the tragic death of Esbjörn Svensson, it's easy to forget just how ground-breaking e.s.t. was. Its seamless embrace of jazz, pop, rock and electronics aesthetics brought CD sales and a following more typical of successful pop acts. It was also the first European jazz band on the cover of Downbeat. Easy to ...

Nils Landgren: Unbreakable

Read "Unbreakable" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The very first album released by German progressive label ACT Records (in 1994) was by the Funk Unit led by trombone master Nils Landgren, recorded Live in Stockholm that summer with Maceo Parker as special guest. Other Funk Unit releases for ACT Records include Paint It Blue (1996), the trombonist's tribute to composer/saxophonist Cannonball Adderley with ...

Marius Neset: Circle of Chimes

Read "Circle of Chimes" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Prosegue con ottimi risultati la collaborazione tra il pluripremiato sassofonista norvegese Marius Neset e la prestigiosa etichetta tedesca Act. E va sempre più definendosi quella che sembra essere la qualità preminente del trentaduenne musicista di Bergen ossia la scrittura per formazioni di medie/grandi dimensioni. Se nel precedente Snowmelt era addirittura la London Sinfonietta a dar voce ...

Iiro Rantala & Ulf Wakenius: Good Stuff

Read "Good Stuff" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il pianista finlandese Iiro Rantala e il chitarrista tedesco Ulf Wakenius sono due tra i più straordinari musicisti europei e tuttavia --forse a causa del loro stile estroso ma relativamente convenzionale --anche tra i più sottovalutati. Alfieri della eccellente etichetta ACT, proprio grazie a quest'ultima hanno avuto modo di collaborare, per un concerto a più voci ...

MUSICIAN Born:

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